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Senior Staff Process Engineer - Wet Etch/Clean (SK)

Santa Clara, CA 95050
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This is an exciting time to be at Intel - come join our team as a Senior Staff Process Engineer - Wet Etch/Cleans and work on one of the most advanced 3DNAND and SSD technology portfolios in the world. As the global leader in the semiconductor industry, Intel possesses many industry-leading SSD technologies including the most capable Quadruple Level Cell (QLC) NAND Flash products. As a Senior Staff Process Engineer - Wets, you will be part of a world-class team that will transition to lead the SSD business at SK hynix. 

Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group is hiring experienced Process Development Engineers in the process area of Wet Etch/Cleans to develop world class semiconductor manufacturing processes. The ideal candidate will have a successful track record of delivering leading edge process capability, yield, cost and manufacturability. This will involve exceptional collaboration with cross-functional/cross-company teams and tool vendors to meet device requirements for next-generation memory products. In addition to Wets, you will also be responsible for process module development for memory devices. Relocation assistance available if need it.

Job responsibilities may include, but not limited to:
    Defining roadmaps to meet requirements, goals and milestones for a new technology process.
    Design and optimize Wet Etch processes for leading edge memory technology.
    Defining and establishing flow, procedures, and equipment configuration for the module.
    Selecting and developing material and equipment for the process to meet quality, reliability, cost, yield, productivity and manufacturability requirements.
    Conducting process, equipment and material development projects with equipment and material suppliers. This will involve exceptional collaboration with cross-functional/cross-company teams and tool vendors to meet challenging program goals.
    Designing, executing and analyzing experiments necessary to meet engineering specifications for their process.
Working effectively with the equipment supplier to identify shortcomings, propose and evaluate hardware modification to mitigate issues.
    Driving improvements on quality, reliability, cost, yield, process stability/capability, productivity and safety/ergonomic over variables such as material, method, equipment, environment and operating personnel
    Developing solutions to problems utilizing formal education, statistical knowledge, and problem solving tools
    Establishing process control systems for the process module.
    Training production/receiving process engineers in high volume factories.
    Transferring processes to high volume manufacturing and providing support in new factory startup.
    Domestic and International travel, as necessary to support job responsibilities.
    Identify potential intellectual properties (IP) opportunities and file disclosures.

The position is associated with the sale of the NAND business to SK Hynix aligning to Phase 2 of the transaction. Employees aligned to Phase 2 will continue to be employed by Intel developing NAND technology and components. Phase 2 of the transaction is expected to close in March 2025 at which time employees aligned to this phase of the transaction will transition employment to Solidigm, a stand-alone US subsidiary of SK Hynix headquartered in San Jose, California with offices world-wide. Solidigm is a leading global supplier of NAND flash memory solutions, led by Robert (Rob) B. Crooke as CEO, previously senior vice president and general manager of Intels Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. To read more, see: https://www.intc.com/news-events/press-releases/detail/1513/intel-sells-ssd-business-and-dalian-facility-to-sk-hynix


Minimum qualifications are required to be initially considered for this position. Preferred qualifications are in addition to the minimum requirements and are considered a plus factor in identifying top candidates.

Minimum Qualifications:

The candidate must have a Master's degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science or related field.

6+ years of experience in the following areas:

  • Wets process technology development for leading technology nodes and scaling them up to HVM.
  • Strong understanding of Wet etch and cleans fundamentals, transport phenomena, fluid mechanics, reaction engineering and interactions pertaining to high aspect ratio features
  • Demonstrated experience in developing Wets process for leading technology nodes and scaling them up to HVM. Understands interactions between process, tool and /down-stream processes

Preferred Qualifications:

The candidate must have a PhD degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science or related field with 8+ years of experience in the minimum requirements.

  • Experience working with external and internal partners, including semiconductor equipment and/or materials manufacturers.
  • Knowledge of surface and analytical characterization techniques such as ICPMS, SIMS, XPS, SEM, TEM, etc.
  • Technical expertise within semiconductor processing engineering preferably in Memory process development for leading edge technology.

Inside this Business Group

Employees in Intel's NAND Product Group deliver solutions that are transforming computing across all segments from data centers to Ultrabooks. They invent, develop, bring to market and support customers with leading-edge NAND flash memory and system level solutions such as solid state drives (SSDs). SSDs are accelerating performance for gaming enthusiasts, reducing total cost of ownership for IT managers of data centers and improving security and reliability for businesses. This dynamic group is strategically positioned to become the leading Non-Volatile Memory solution supplier for the compute segment and is a key to expanding markets and continuing the growth for Intel.

Intel strongly encourages employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Intel aligns to federal, state, and local laws and as a contractor to the U.S. Government is subject to government mandates that may be issued. Intel policies for COVID-19 including guidance about testing and vaccination are subject to change over time.

Posting Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by local law, regulation, or ordinance.

Work Model for this Role

This role will be eligible for our hybrid work model which allows employees to split their time between working on-site at their assigned Intel site and off-site.

Intel is committed to a culture of accessibility.  Intel provides accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities.  Find information and request accommodation here

Posted: 2022-05-18 Expires: 2022-06-19

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