k-Space Associates, Inc.

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k-Space Associates, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of in-situ, in-line, and ex-situ metrology tools for the semiconductor, thin-film, and photovoltaic industries. Our products utilize optical imaging technology for non-contact, non-invasive real-time data acquisition, processing, and analysis of temperature, film thickness and growth rate, curvature and film stress, surface quality and atomic spacing, and optical constants.  Our products are used for monitoring thin-film deposition processes, including MBE, MOCVD, PLD, PVD, ALD, sputtering, and evaporation.   Incorporated in 1992 and driven to supply the best technical support in the industry, our tools are used worldwide in both research and production. We are looking for positive, results driven people to join our team.  Please see our current job openings listed below, and send resumes and cover letters to: requestinfo@k-space.com.

Start date:  Immediate

Job Type:  Full-time, 1yr (with the possibility of 2nd year and/or fulltime employment)

Job Description: We are currently seeking an innovative engineer or scientist to help us develop a new atomic absorption spectroscopy-based rate monitor for the thin-film deposition market.  The ideal candidate will have a strong background in optical systems design, UV detector characterization methods, and full system integration.  Some familiarity with thin-film material science and deposition techniques would be beneficial but not a requirement.  This is a full time, 1 year position (with the possibility of a second year and/or full time employment) that will require a significant amount of hands-on test time at Argonne National Laboratory (outside Chicago, IL) and local commercial companies in the Ann Arbor, MI area.

Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate new detectors and optical designs for efficient, low noise UV detection for use in atomic absorption spectroscopy.
  • Design opto-mechanical systems using SolidWorks CAD software or work closely with CAD engineers to realize design ideas.
  • Debug control systems and evaluate\test software.
  • Assess and determine design feasibility and further product development through hands-on testing of prototype systems at Argonne National Laboratory and local commercial companies.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Currently has a PhD degree in the field of Optical Sciences, Physics, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or similar with proven experience in hands-on photonics, optomechanics, and spectroscopy.
  • Experience with laboratory work and in setting up optical systems and measurement systems.
  • Programming skills for prototype laboratory testing (Python or similar) and embedded controller programming skills are desirable.
  • Experience with vacuum technology and thin-film deposition processes are desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and teamwork skills with the ability to work independently, both under supervision and as part of a team.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have obtained work authorization for a U.S. government laboratory.
  • Must be able available to start employment immediately.

k-Space Associates, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of in-situ, in-line, and ex-situ metrology tools for the semiconductor, thin-film, and photovoltaic industries. Our products utilize optical imaging technology for non-contact, non-invasive real-time data acquisition, processing, and analysis of temperature, film thickness and growth rate, curvature and film stress, surface quality and atomic spacing, and optical constants. Our products are used for monitoring thin-film deposition processes, including MBE, MOCVD, PLD, PVD, ALD, sputtering, and evaporation. Incorporated in 1992 and driven to supply the best technical support in the industry, our tools are used worldwide in both research and production.

k-Space offers career-oriented employment with competitive salaries, full benefits, and an excellent work environment.  Our headquarters is located just outside of beautiful Ann Arbor, Michigan, 15 minutes from the University of Michigan main campus.

Qualified, interested, and motivated candidates, please send your resumes to:  requestinfo@k-space.com, subject line:  2018 Postdoc Position.