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Principal Scientist / Engineer - Research & Development, Marlborough, Contract

Marlborough, MA · Science/Research

Our client, an industry leader is using science and innovation to make the world a safer, healthier, and better place to live. It's how we're helping to invent a better now.

  • Applications engineer specializing in wafer-level processing techniques, comfortable with exploring advanced/non-standard methods for unique applications.
  • Adept at hands-on lab work, creative thinking, problem solving in a unique and fast-paced applications engineering laboratory environment.
  • Serve as technical contact point for project workflows based mainly in fabrication, such as laminations, coatings, lithography, and cure techniques.
  • Support additional prototyping applications development initiatives relevant to strategic goals as they arrive.
  • Create, maintain, and leverage close relationships with internal and external metrology and analysis collaborators to drive characterization and performance data collection and analysis.
  • Basic data analysis and statistics experience is expected.
  • Clearly and concisely communicate research to team members of varying technical backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate ability to work cross functionally and globally with personnel at multiple levels.
  • Maintain appropriate focus on personal and process safety, product integrity, and environmental stewardship.



  • B.S. degree in engineering, material science or chemistry.
  • Industrial experience with clean room + wafer level processing methods & tools.
  • 5-15+ years hands-on industrial experience in semiconductor fab environment.
  • Familiarity with material characterization, wafer-level metrology and/or thin film analysis.
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and results-driven team player.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • English fluency.

Strongly preferred:

  • Master’s degree in engineering, material science or chemistry.
  • Experience performing semiconductor industry lithography processes, including wafer spin-coating, lithographic patterning + developing.
  • Expertise with a diverse range of analytical equipment: Chemical, mechanical, thermal analysis.
  • Basic materials characterization.
  • Inspection equipment (confocal microscopes, scanning electron microscopes).
  • Curiosity and excitement to learn beyond assignments, excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Applications testing for quality control and reliability testing for material process qualification and QC release.
  • Competency in problem solving and statistical DOE data analysis for optimization and quality control in support of customer qualification.
  • Hands-on experience in and enthusiasm for wafer-level or panel-level material formulation.


  • Education: B.S. degree in engineering, material science or chemistry.
  • 5+ years of industrial experience is desirable.
  • GBPL or other 6 Sigma training is desirable.
  • Previous cross-functional or global project experience is desirable.
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