MIT.nano Job Opening: Facility Design and Equipment Engineer

May 14, 2024


The Infrastructure Engineer (IE) is primarily responsible for maintaining the environmental conditions, utilities, support systems and logistics of the MIT.nano (Building 12) facility. The IE is responsible for installation of research equipment, which includes but is not limited to metrology instruments, semiconductor fabrication tools, abatement, safety systems and instrumentation.  The IE will interact closely with original equipment manufacturers (OEM) including acting as the primary interface between MIT.nano and the process and maintenance engineers from the OEM to ensure successful performance of the tools. The IE will participate in all aspects of construction and maintenance projects within the facility to enable the successful operation of equipment. The IE will work as a part of a team and will work closely with Users, Operations Engineers, Construction Managers, Contractors, Design Firms, MIT Department of Facilities, and MIT Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S). 

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Facility Design, Operation, and Safety

  • Establish and maintain appropriate levels of knowledge and proficiency with building systems that include, but are not limited to:

  • Utilize instrumentation, test equipment and observation to identify root cause of poor performance and develop corrective action plan to mitigate future occurrences.

  • Create and review Facility and Equipment schematics, engineering drawings and construction design documents.

  • Maintain effective procedures for the safe handling and storage of hazardous production materials (gases, chemicals and waste) as well as ensuring the proper engineering and administrative controls are established and maintained for all other potential hazards (mechanical, electrical, egress and radiation) associated with assigned equipment, tooling and instrumentation. Exhibit safe working practices at all times.

  • Establish and maintain appropriate levels of knowledge and proficiency regarding BKM’s for laboratory protocols for multi-user and multi-project environments. Exhibit appropriate housekeeping and cleanroom protocol practices at all times.

Equipment Operation

  • Full ownership of equipment and instrumentation as assigned ensuring up-time, safety, and performance metrics are achieved.  Typical tasks / responsibilities include:

  • Establish and maintain effective documentation (SOP’s)

  • Interface with vendors for equipment support, troubleshooting and procurement.

  • Attend equipment training events which could involve infrequent travel.

User Interactions

  • Engage the user community, staff and outside resources to ensure users’ process needs match the capabilities of the facility and the equipment within it.

  • Maintain a significant presence in the shared research spaces (e.g. cleanroom) to be available to assist users and staff with their day-to-day processing challenges.


Minimum Requirements:

  • BS in Electrical, Mechanical, or Chemical Engineering, or related discipline; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • An EIT or scheduled to sit for the exam.

  • Proficiency in AutoCAD/Revit and other software design tools.

  • Familiarity with good engineering design principles and statutory code requirements.

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills as well as strong interpersonal skills and ability to work alone or within a collaborative team environment.

  • Self-starter with maturity of judgement, goal-oriented, and a personality that will allow the candidate to function in a highly research-oriented yet disciplined environment that requires strong interaction with faculty, students, and research staff.

  • Ability to regularly lift and transport up to 50lbs.

  • Ability to wear respiratory protection, including air-purifying respirator and self-contained breathing apparatus.

  • Demonstrated ability to recognize and respond to unsafe conditions or dangerous situations.

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