Principal Engineer, Wet Etch Process Engineering
Company: Western Digital
Posted on: August 1, 2022
At Western Digital, our vision is to power global innovation and
push the boundaries of technology to make what you thought was once
At our core, Western Digital is a company of problem solvers.
People achieve extraordinary things given the right technology. For
decades, we've been doing just that. Our technology helped people
put a man on the moon.
We are a key partner to some of the largest and highest growth
organizations in the world. From energizing the most competitive
gaming platforms, to enabling systems to make cities safer and cars
smarter and more connected, to powering the data centers behind
many of the world's biggest companies and public cloud, Western
Digital is fueling a brighter, smarter future.
Binge-watch any shows, use social media or shop online lately?
You'll find Western Digital supporting the storage infrastructure
behind many of these platforms. And, that flash memory card that
captures and preserves your most precious moments? That's us,
We offer an expansive portfolio of technologies, storage devices
and platforms for business and consumers alike. Our data-centric
solutions are comprised of the Western Digital -, G-Technology---,
SanDisk - and WD - brands.
Today's exceptional challenges require your unique skills. It's You
& Western Digital. Together, we're the next BIG thing in data.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Own and lead
- Wet Etch process Technology Development and/or Pathfinding
aspects for continued technology scaling of performance vs
- All aspects of Wet Etch process engineering for Western
Digital's next generation memory development in front-end CMOS and
back-end CELL fields.
- Possess a Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral degree in any
engineering or science discipline related to semiconductor
- 6+ (PhD) or 8+ (MS) or 10+ (BS) years of experience in Wet Etch
process Technology Development and/or Pathfinding divisions of
DRAM, NAND Flash and/or Logic semiconductor fabrication.
- Experience in (i) determining the required equipment selection
including configuration, capabilities, and evaluations (ii) driving
fab materials/processes and working with equipment and chemical
vendors with clarity on problem statement, success criteria and
strategy (iii) leading cross-functional projects under ambiguity
- Deep technical understanding of (a) semiconductor process and
integration in CMOS/logic and/or memory fields (b) Wet etch, cleans
and drying chemistries, techniques and theories and able to apply
fundamental principles in process development.
- Experience in training/coaching Staff engineers to build a
world class team, valuing company's culture, to meet division goals
(yield, reliability, and cost)
- This role will have a wide span of control with a great degree
of visibility, offering a unique opportunity to drive key Wet Etch
process engineering efforts of a novel memory technology having a
material market impact.
- Direct experience taking a novel technology from concept to
high volume manufacturing.
- Experience working on multi-layer cross-point memory
- Experience developing wet Etch processes on various tool
configurations (single wafer and batch) and from various
- Experience with applying advanced cleaning and drying
techniques to high aspect ratio features.
- Understanding of novel memory and magnetic materials and their
interactions with wet Etch chemistries.
- Experience with formulation, characterization and qualification
of new wet Etch chemistries for novel processes.
- Team player and able to mentor other process engineers.
- Adaptable and agile with a mindset to drive innovation
concurrently with execution.
- Understanding of various analytical techniques for process
development and pathfinding.
- Data mining and analyses skills and able to make data-driven
projections and decisions.
- Able to leverage structured approaches and methods to problem
Western Digital is committed to providing equal opportunities to
all applicants and employees and will not discriminate based on
their race, color, ancestry, religion (including religious dress
and grooming standards), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or
related medical conditions, breastfeeding or related medical
conditions), gender (including a person's gender identity, gender
expression, and gender-related appearance and behavior, whether or
not stereotypically associated with the person's assigned sex at
birth), age, national origin, sexual orientation, medical
condition, marital status (including domestic partnership status),
physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic
information, protected medical and family care leave, Civil Air
Patrol status, military and veteran status, or other legally
protected characteristics. We also prohibit harassment of any
individual on any of the characteristics listed above. Our
non-discrimination policy applies to all aspects of employment. We
comply with the laws and regulations set forth in the Equal
Employment Opportunity is the Law poster.
Western Digital thrives on the power and potential of diversity. As
a global company, we believe the most effective way to embrace the
diversity of our customers and communities is to mirror it from
within. We believe the fusion of various perspectives results in
the best outcomes for our employees, our company, our customers,
and the world around us. We are committed to an inclusive
environment where every individual can thrive through a sense of
belonging, respect and contribution.
Western Digital is committed to offering opportunities to
applicants with disabilities and ensuring all candidates can
successfully navigate our careers website and our hiring process.
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Compensation & Benefits Details
- An employee's pay position within the salary range may be based
on several factors including but not limited to (1) relevant
education; qualifications; certifications; and experience; (2)
skills, ability, knowledge of the job; (3) performance,
contribution and results; (4) geographic location; (5) shift; (6)
internal and external equity; and (7) business and organizational
- The salary range is what we believe to be the range of possible
compensation for this role at the time of this posting. We may
ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and this range is
only applicable for jobs to be performed in Colorado or remote jobs
that can be performed in Colorado. This range may be modified in
- You will also be eligible to participate in Western Digital's
Short-Term Incentive (STI) Plan and to receive equity awards under
our annual Long-Term Incentive (LTI) program, which consists of
restricted stock units (RSUs), pursuant to the terms of these
programs. RSU awards are also available to eligible new hires,
subject to Western Digital's Standard Terms and Conditions for
Restricted Stock Unit Awards.
- We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid
vacation time; paid sick leave; medical/dental/vision insurance;
life, accident and disability insurance; tax-advantaged flexible
spending and health savings accounts; employee assistance program;
other voluntary benefit programs such as supplemental life and
AD&D, legal plan, pet insurance, critical illness, accident and
hospital indemnity; tuition reimbursement; transit; the Virgin
Pulse Program; the Applause Program, employee stock purchase plan,
and the Western Digital Savings 401(k) Plan.
- Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or
compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable.
The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, benefits, or
any other form of compensation and benefits that are allocable to a
particular employee remains in the Company's sole discretion unless
and until paid and may be modified at the Company's sole
discretion, consistent with the law.
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