Process Engineer or similar (f/m/x)

Scientific activities/projects

Enter the fascinating world of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and help shape the future through research and innovation! We offer an exciting and inspiring working environment driven by the expertise and curiosity of our 11,000 employees from 100 nations and our unique infrastructure. Together, we develop sustainable technologies and thus contribute to finding solutions to global challenges. Would you like to join us in addressing this major future challenge? Then this is your place!

For our Institute for Quantum Technologies in Hamburg we are looking for a

Process Engineer or similar (f/m/x)

Process Development Ion Traps

What to expect:

At the DLR Institute of Quantum Technologies (DLR-QT) in Ulm, we develop precision instruments for space applications based on quantum technologies and bring them to prototype maturity together with industry. In this way, we build a bridge between basic research and industry. Together with the DLR Institute of Satellite Geodesy and Inertial Sensing (SI) in Hanover and the DLR Galileo Competence Center (GK) in Oberpfaffenhofen, we play a pioneering role in these fields of research and application. The research work of our four core departments Quantum Metrology, Quantum Information and Communication, Quantum Nanophysics and Electromagnetic Quantum Sensors is complemented and supported by the three cross-sectional departments Quantum Engineering, Integration of Micro- and Nanosystems and Theoretical Quantum Physics. We have an interdisciplinary approach: Theoretical basic research and experimental tests meet engineering implementation.

The DLR Quantencomputing-Initiative is a coordinated funding effort of the DLR in the field of the development and use of quantum computers. Based on several years of basic research, prototype quantum computers and applications based on them are now being developed within the project as part of a federal government initiative. DLR is building a consortium of industrial companies and research partners to realise the construction of the quantum computers.

At the Innovation Centre Hamburg ion trap-based quantum computers are being developed by industry contractors and with the support of the DLR. The Institute for Quantumtechnologies (QT) with the department Integration Micro- and Nanosystems operates a cleanroom laboratory for this purpose on behalf of the DLR Quantencomputing-Initiative In addition to providing the equipment and processes, the focus is on quality assurance measures and industry user support. The micro- and nanotechnology process chain includes all necessary steps from the wafer substrate to the assembled module of chip scale surface traps for ions. 


Become part of our team that is expanding the technology development and cleanroom processes for the production of ion traps as part of the DLR Quantencomputing-Initiative and providing significant support to the QC-I companies in the development of the next generation of quantum computers.

Your contribution as a process engineer to strengthen the team will be:

  • You will assume responsibility for production systems and processes in your sub-area and thus play a key role in providing the technologies for the production and development of ion-trap quantum computers.
  • You will optimise existing and develop new manufacturing processes to meet requirements, e.g. by planning and conducting test series.
  • You will take measures to ensure the quality and stability of the processes, e.g. by creating control routines and statistical analyses.
  • You coordinate the maintenance and servicing of the systems in your sub-area to minimise the probability and duration of downtime.
  • You will support the users of the systems and processes by providing instruction and technological advice.

What we expect from you:

  • completed university degree (university bachelor's degree or university of applied sciences) in natural sciences (e.g. specialising in microsystems technology, physics, chemistry) or engineering (e.g. from the fields of electrical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, nanotechnology) or other degree programmes relevant to the job
  • in-depth knowledge in the field of microsystems technology/nanotechnology
  • several years of experience in process development of microfabrication processes
  • experience in process control and quality assurance
  • at least 3 years of practical experience in the cleanroom
  • practical experience in at least one of the following areas: Lithography, wet-chemical
  • processing, electroplating, dry etching, physical vapour deposition (PVD), chemical vapour deposition (CVD), metrology, assembly and joining technology (AVT), chemical-mechanical polishing/planarisation (CMP)
  • in-depth knowledge in the field of metrology and data evaluation)
  • initial knowledge of statistical process control (SPC) is desirable

What we offer:

DLR stands for diversity, appreciation and equality for all people. We promote independent work and the individual development of our employees both personally and professionally. To this end, we offer numerous training and development opportunities. Equal opportunities are of particular importance to us, which is why we want to increase the proportion of women in science and management in particular. Applicants with severe disabilities will be given preference if they are qualified.

Further information:

Starting date: 15.08.2024

Duration of contract: initially limited until 31.12.2026

Type of employment: full-time (part-time)

Remuneration: up to the German TVöD 12

Vacancy-ID: 95651


Dr. Florian Niekiel Institut für Quantentechnologien 

Tel.: 040 513096 19

DLR - Helmholtz / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt

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Deadline: 2024-08-18
Location: Germany, Hamburg
Categories: Chemistry, microsystems, Nanotechnology, Physics, Process Engineering, Processing, Processing Technology ,


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