Job offering – Microfabrication Process Engineer – September 12, 2017

About AEPONYX
Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, AEPONYX is the market leader in MEMS-based Silicon Photonics. With our patented technologies, combining planar Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) and Silicon Photonics, we are building the fastest, most affordable and smallest micro optical switches for use in disaggregated switching systems and tunable transceivers. Join the dynamic fabless semiconductor start-up to design and manufacture the optical chips needed for the next generation of fiber optic access to the cloud.
Open position:
Based in our Montreal office downtown Montreal, the successful candidate will work closely with our academic and industrial collaborators to develop and improve custom microfabrication processes. The candidate will mainly work in the University fabs in the Montreal region but will also have to travel to other facilities in the Eastern Township area
Assignments:
Develop microfabrication process flows and processes in academic microelectronic foundries.
Troubleshoot fabrication issues with prototypes.
Work with industrial foundries to plan the transfer to mass production of the developed processes.
Any other task associated to the development of the start-up.
Background
The ideal candidate has a master’s or PhD degree with experience in the fabrication of MEMS and/or integrated optical devices. She or he must be able to define fabrication process flows and to troubleshoot fabrication issues. The candidate must also be able to work in a team to accelerate process development. Knowledge of the following processes is required:
• Reactive Ion Etching (RIE) of silicon and CMOS compatible materials
• Photolithography
• Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD)
• Scanning Electron microscopy (SEM)
• Sputtering
Experience with the following is an asset:
• Electron beam lithography
• Wafer bonding
• Low-pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition (LPCVD)
• Mechanical, optical and electrical material characterization (e.g. stress, refractive index, surface profile, conductivity, etc).
• Characterization of optical and/or MEMS devices (e.g. propagation losses, spectral response, actuation voltage, frequency response, etc.)
The candidate must be able to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing. The knowledge of French is an asset.
Entry Date: As soon as possible.
Looking for a fulfilling job and an opportunity to develop a new way to fabricate optical chips? We want you in our dynamic team!

The Micro2 Laboratory (micro2.estmtl.ca), a research group working of the creation of advanced microsystems that will enable tomorrow’s breakthrough technologies that brings together researchers from École de technologie supérieure and Université du Québec à Montréal, is looking to hire a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to contribute to the advancement of an innovative microfabrication platform. This project is supported by AEPONYX (AEPONYX.com), a dynamic start-up aiming at integrating silicon photonics with microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) to enable the next generation of access and datacenter networks.
The applicant will be responsible to design, simulate, fabricate, and test novel integrated optical devices to improve and increase the functionality of the microfabrication platform. The applicant will prepare the computer aided design (CAD) files required to implement the devices and will participate in their fabrication. The fabrication will be done in cleanrooms available at academic institutions in the Montréal area. In addition, the applicant is expected to contribute to the supervision and training of the graduate and undergraduate students involved in the project and to the management of the laboratory equipment. Since this is a multidisciplinary research effort, the applicant will have to work in collaboration with experts in MEMS, packaging and optical communication, among others. The applicant will have to accurately document her/his contributions to the project to facilitate technological transfer to the research team and industrial collaborator. The applicant will have to prepare verbal and written communications to present his/her results to the industrial collaborator and the scientific community.
Required qualifications:
• PhD in Engineering Physics, Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics or Physics obtained within the last 5 years,
• Experience in the design and characterisation of integrated optical devices,
• Be able to write and speak in English effectively,
• Have strong organization and management skills,
• Self-motivated and independent,
• Willing to work collaboratively.
Desired qualifications:
• Experience in microfabrication,
• Knowledge of the Lumerical software suite,
• Understanding of optical telecommunication standards and testing,
• Ability to communicate in French.
The salary offered is $45,000 per year. The employment contract is for one year and is renewable for up to three years depending on project funding. The usual work load is 35 hours/week but might vary according to the milestones defined in the project. The position is available immediately and will remain open until January 2018 or a suitable candidate is hired. The position is based at École de technologie supérieure in Montréal, QC, Canada but the selected applicant will have to travel in the Montreal area to attend meetings and access research facilities. The work environment is bilingual (English & French). Technical discussions are often carried in English but some administrative requirements might have to be fulfilled in French. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Please address your application via email to:
Michaël Ménard
Adjunct Professor
École de technologie supérieure
1100, rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal (Québec) H3C 1K3
Phone: +1 514 396-8800
Fax: +1 514 396-8950
Email: Michael.Menard@etsmtl.ca
The Micro2 Laboratory (micro2.estmtl.ca), a research group working of the creation of advanced microsystems that will enable tomorrow’s breakthrough technologies that brings together researchers from École de technologie supérieure and Université du Québec à Montréal, is looking to hire a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to contribute to the advancement of an innovative microfabrication platform. This project is supported by AEPONYX (AEPONYX.com), a dynamic start-up aiming at integrating silicon photonics with microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) to enable the next generation of access and datacenter networks.
The applicant will be responsible to design, simulate, and test novel MEMS devices to improve and increase the functionality of the microfabrication platform. The applicant will prepare the computer aided design (CAD) files required to implement the devices and will be responsible to build them. The fabrication will be done in cleanrooms available at academic institutions in the Montréal area. In addition, the applicant is expected to contribute to the supervision and training of the graduate and undergraduate students involved in the project and to the management of the laboratory equipment. Since this is a multidisciplinary research effort, the applicant will have to work in collaboration with experts in integrated optics, packaging and optical communication, among others. The applicant will have to accurately document her/his contributions to the project to facilitate technological transfer to the research team and industrial collaborator. The applicant will have to prepare verbal and written communications to present his/her results to the industrial collaborator and the scientific community.
Required qualifications:
• PhD in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering obtained within the last 5 years,
• Experience in the design, simulation, fabrication, and characterisation of silicon MEMS devices,
• Experience in microfabrication including photolithography, reactive ion etching, PECVD and sputtering,
• Be able to write and speak in English effectively,
• Have strong organization and management skills,
• Self-motivated and independent,
• Willing to work collaboratively.
Desired qualifications:
• Knowledge of the ANSYS software or other finite element simulation package,
• Understanding of electrostatic actuators,
• Ability to communicate in French.
The salary offered is $45,000 per year. The employment contract is for one year and is renewable for up to three years depending on project funding. The usual work load is 35 hours/week but might vary according to the milestones defined in the project. The position is available immediately and will remain open until January 2018 or a suitable candidate is hired. The position is based at École de technologie supérieure in Montréal, QC, Canada but the selected applicant will have to travel in the Montreal area to attend meetings and access research facilities. The work environment is bilingual (English & French). Technical discussions are often carried in English but some administrative requirements might have to be fulfilled in French. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Please address your application via email to:
Frederic Nabki
Associate Professor
École de technologie supérieure
1100, rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal (Québec) H3C 1K3
Phone: +1 514 396-8800
Fax: +1 514 396-8950
Email: Frederic.Nabki@etsmtl.ca
The Micro2 Laboratory (micro2.estmtl.ca), a research group working of the creation of advanced microsystems that will enable tomorrow’s breakthrough technologies that brings together researchers from École de technologie supérieure and Université du Québec à Montréal, is looking to hire a highly qualified research associate to contribute to the advancement of an innovative microfabrication platform. This project is supported by AEPONYX (AEPONYX.com), a dynamic start-up aiming at integrating silicon photonics with microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) to enable the next generation of access and datacenter networks.
The applicant will be responsible to supervise, coordinate and contribute to the improvement of the microfabrication platform. The applicant will be the primary responsible for the development of fabrication process flow. The fabrication will be done in cleanrooms available at academic institutions in the Montréal area. According to her/his expertise, the applicant will work on the design, simulation and testing of MEMS and/or integrated optical devices. In addition, the applicant is expected to contribute to the supervision and training of the graduate and undergraduate students and postdoctoral fellows involved in the project and to the management of the laboratory. Since this is a multidisciplinary research effort, the applicant will have to work in collaboration with experts in integrated optics, MEMS, packaging and optical communication, among others. The applicant will have to accurately document her/his contributions to the project to facilitate technological transfer to the research team and industrial collaborator. The applicant will have to prepare verbal and written communications to present his/her results to the industrial collaborator and the scientific community.
Required qualifications:
• PhD in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Applied Physics or Physics
• At least 5 years of experience after graduation from the PhD in the design and fabrication of microsystems using MEMS and/or integrated optics.
• Extensive experience in microfabrication including photolithography, reactive ion etching, PECVD and sputtering,
• Be able to write and speak in English effectively,
• Have strong organization and management skills,
• Self-motivated and independent,
• Willing to work collaboratively.
Desired qualifications:
• Ability to communicate in French.
The salary offered will be in the range of $55,000 to $75,000 per year according to qualification. The employment contract is for one year and is renewable for up to four years depending on project funding. The usual work load is 35 hours/week but might vary according to the milestones defined in the project. The position is available immediately and will remain open until January 2018 or a suitable candidate is hired. The position is based at École de technologie supérieure in Montréal, QC, Canada but the selected applicant will have to travel in the Montreal area to attend meetings and access research facilities. The work environment is bilingual (English & French). Technical discussions are often carried in English but some administrative requirements might have to be fulfilled in French. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Please address your application via email to:
Frederic Nabki
Associate Professor
École de technologie supérieure
1100, rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal (Québec) H3C 1K3
Phone: +1 514 396-8800
Fax: +1 514 396-8950
Email: Frederic.Nabki@etsmtl.ca

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