Development of Microfabrication, and Integration of MEMS Flame Ionization Detector with Other Microsystems

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Job ID: 10844

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The JPL Planetary Mass Spectrometry Group is seeking a postdoctoral scholar with strong scientific and technical problem-solving skills, demonstrated interest and ability to research and develop micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)-based micro flame ionization detector (micro-FID) and its integration with other microsystems. In addition, this position requires the successful applicant to develop microfabrication of interfacing microfluidic structures and their integration with other microsystems for miniaturization. Dr. Byunghoon Bae will serve as the postdoctoral advisor.  The appointee will carry out research in collaboration with the JPL advisor and others, resulting in publications in the open literature


Candidates must have a recent PhD in mechanical, electrical, material, or chemical engineering with extensive MEMS fabrication experience for at least two years. Ideal candidates are preferred to have experience of designing, simulating, interfacing, and experimentally testing MEMS devices. Strong experience and knowledge of reactive–ion etching (RIE) and deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) are required. Candidates also need to have experience in both of bulk micromachining and surface micromachining techniques. Proficiency in 2D and 3D design tools such as AutoCAD, Solidworks, etc. is necessary for MEMS package/integrated designs. Candidates who have experience in fabricating an out-of-plane MEMS actuator, including bonding of multiple MEMS stacks, are preferred. Experience in film research such as characterization of thin metals, polyimide, etc. is a plus. Good writing and communication skills are prerequisite and it is preferred that the candidate is able to publish his/her work in peer reviewed periodicals or conferences.


Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible.  Postdoctoral Scholar positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed up to a maximum duration of three years.


Candidates should submit the following to this site: CV, representative publications, contact information for three references, and a cover letter stating their research accomplishments and interests.

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