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Process Engineer - Epitaxy

Location: Montréal, Québec

Start date: Immediate

Company Description

NS Nanotech, Inc., founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2017, incorporated NS Nanotech Canada in November 2022. Senior researchers from NS Nanotech Canada will collaborate with McGill University scientists to accelerate the company’s ongoing nanoLED research. In Michigan, NS Nanotech has a prototype production facility to develop nitride semiconductors for UVC disinfection applications. It also holds exclusive licenses to a portfolio of nanoLED patents held by McGill University and the University of Michigan, actively collaborating with researchers there on development of its nanoLED technologies.

Job Description

We are seeking a talented and motivated process engineer to operate and assist in maintaining molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) systems used for the development of NS Nanotech’s light emitting devices. The ideal candidate would have experience with vacuum systems, thin-film deposition techniques and microfabrication. Hands-on industrial experience with calibrating, maintaining and troubleshooting such equipment would be highly desired for this position. As part of a small start-up company, the candidate will be directly working with the senior scientist leading the epitaxy efforts at NS Nanotech Canada. This is a hands-on, experimental role, perfect for someone who likes to roll up their sleeves and make things work


  • Operate MBE systems and run growth recipes.

  • Calibrate the equipment based on established standard operating procedures (SOPs).

  • Perform preventative maintenance of sub-components.

  • Assist during full system maintenances.

  • Prepare and clean substrates pre-growth.

  • Unload samples and perform post-growth characterization.

  • Log process runs, keep track of samples and document experiments properly.

  • Coordinate with the technical and management teams, as necessary.

  • Exhibit and mandate safe working and housekeeping practices.

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering or similar.

  • 2+ years of experience in an industrial setting.

  • Direct experience working with vacuum systems, thin-film deposition, microfabrication and/or epitaxy systems.

  • Experience handling semiconductor samples.

  • Experience working with hand tools.

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a small team.

  • Ability to work in a lab facility, including being comfortable with wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

  • Ability to manipulate small samples and their handling with tweezers.

  • Ability to routinely handle objects weighing up to 25 lbs and on occasion to lift objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

  • Good hand-eye coordination.

  • Work eligibility in Canada.

  • Fully vaccinated for COVID-19, as defined by Health Canada.

  • Available for immediate full-time work.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 4+ years of experience in an industrial environment.

  • Experience with calibrating, maintaining and troubleshooting vacuum systems and/or thin-film deposition equipment.

  • Experience with electron microscopy (SEM).

  • Experience with metrology techniques to characterize semiconductor materials.

  • Experience with photoluminescence measurements and LED testing.

  • Experience working in a cleanroom.

  • Experience sourcing custom electronic and mechanical parts.

  • Experience working with high-purity gases and source materials.

  • Familiarity of GaN-based devices.

  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and apply new concepts.

  • Strong technical communications skills.

  • Background in semiconductors and optoelectronics.

  • Written and verbal communication skills in French.

  • Willingness to travel to the United States on occasion.

Contact Information

NS Nanotech is an equal-opportunity employer. 

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