Newark, Delaware

Company presentation
World leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 66,000 employees and serves more than 3,6 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen have been at the core of the company's activities since its creation in 1902. Air Liquide's ambition is to be the leader in its industry, delivering long-term performance and acting responsibly.

Entity and activity description
Air Liquide R&D centers, hosting a wide range of competencies, support the Group in achieving the highest level of excellence in the technologies it provides to its customers. The DelawareInnovation Campus (ICD) in Newark, DE provides innovation and technical support to Air Liquide's businesses and markets in the Americas and worldwide.

Our Delaware Innovation Campus, inaugurated in 2007, leads research and technology initiatives in 8 scientific and engineering disciplines. With researchers from 21 different countries, theCampus had the distinction of being named to the 2015 Philly Top Workplaces by the Philadelphia Inquirer and and cited in 2016 by the Delaware Business Times as one of "13 Cool Companies in Delaware." In 2017 we celebrated our 10th anniversary in Delaware and over 3,600 days without a recordable accident! In 2018 we celebrated 10 years of accident-free operations.

Job Responsibilities
The Analysis & Fine Chemistry group in Air Liquide's Delaware Innovation Campus in Newark, Delaware is seeking a talented, collaborator, highly motivated Ph.D researcher to join our multidisciplinary group supporting the development of new chemistries for high-tech industrial applications. This team develops and tunes targeted molecules to suit customers application processes for use in electronics, automotive, aerospace and healthcare industries.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for designing and developing new etching gases for semiconductor applications. The processes will include the plasma and thermal based etching processes. Experience working with plasma etch tools and use of advanced metrology and film characterization is highly desired.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Serve as a safety role model; promote a high level of safety awareness; adhere to and support the continuous improvement of all safety practices / procedures.
  • The individual filling this position will be responsible for projects involving Plasma Etching processes, design of new etching gases and process evaluation for semiconductor applications.
  • Build knowledge on etching gas, structure and functional relationship based on plasma process performance through use of insitu and exsitu analysis techniques.
  • Achieve and coordinate research project objectives and deliverables in timely manner
  • Provide technical leadership and lead projects
  • Promote innovative development of intellectual property
  • Prepare presentation material for internal and external meetings and conferences
  • Develop and sustain new customer/OEM/academic/consortia relationships
  • Develop and support new and alternative technologies
  • Interact with AL global business and marketing teams
  • Interact from time to time on as-need basis with global R&D to: lead and foster customer interactions, participate and present at technical conferences, lead or participate in Industrial partnerships and academic collaborations.

  • PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Material Science with specialization in plasma-based etching methods.
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience in Plasma based tools (CCP, ICP) is required; maintenance and troubleshooting is desired.
  • Experience in analytical techniques such as Ellipsometry, FTIR, XRR, XPS, AES, AFM, SIMS, SEM, TEM, EDX, RBS, OES, UV-VIS, QMS and related spectroscopic techniques
  • Collaborative mindset, able to build alliances, persuades others and network internally and externally
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (written and oral) with an excellent publication track record in conferences and journals
  • Ability to work on a multi-disciplinary and international team
  • Self-motivated individual with ability to define and solve problems in collaboration with AL business partners and external partners and customers.

  • 3+ years of industrial experience in plasma etching is strongly preferred with knowledge of semiconductor manufacturing processes.
  • Knowledge and experience in design of experiments
  • Experience with Atomic layer etching (ALE)

Additional Information
This position is identified as "safety-sensitive" and is subject to random drug testing in accordance with the current Drug and Alcohol Policy and/or state law.

Newark, Delaware

Air Liquide is a global leader, constantly striving to stay on top in a fast paced, high-tech industry. Our careers provide you with an immediate opportunity to contribute. We give you the responsibility to find customer solutions and the autonomy needed to get things done. The diversity of our businesses and our worldwide operations mean a career at Air Liquide can take you almost anywhere you want to go.

Air Liquide Group relies on the skills and commitment of over 43,000 people throughout the world with a broad range of responsibilities in a variety of industries. It is through their efforts that we have become a world leader in industrial and medical gases with a reputation for excellence.

The diversity of our employees is a driving force behind our success. Present in over 75 countries, our people are a mixture or gender, race, culture, nationality, education and professional experience. Their combined competencies allow us to capitalize on fast changing opportunities worldwide.

One of Air Liquide's strategic themes is developing our talents. Recruiting, training, mobility...more competent and motivated teams are and will continue to be one of the foundations of Air Liquide's growth and leadership.

Our Career Philosophy

At Air Liquide we trust in the initiative of our people. We believe our employees are the source of our success and rely on their intelligence, creativity and determination to continuously improve our performance. We give people responsibility and trust them to get the job done. The link between our employees and our success means we must continuously attract the best people. To do so, Air Liquide must be a great place to work. Our mission is to ensure this is the case.

A career at Air Liquide means the opportunity to explore many different types of work all over the world while remaining within the same company. It means being part of a company heavily invested in your development—your success drives ours and we prepare you to succeed. It also means working for a company that believes your success is dependent on a healthy balance between your personal and professional lives.

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