Director of the Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility

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Director of the Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility

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Posted Job Title
Director of the Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility

Job Profile Title
Director D

Job Description Summary
The Director of the Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility will direct all aspects of the operation of Penn's 10,000 square foot Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility. The Director will: Serve as the primary interface between the Facility and its users. Ensure the safety and security of users and equipment through coordination and consultation with staff, Building Manager, Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, Public Safety, Central Facilities, and other parties. Oversee establishment and enforcement of operating procedures and safety protocols. Manage staff, budget, billing, and purchasing of supplies and maintenance services. Specify, purchase, and deploy facility management software/hardware to integrate equipment reservations, equipment enabling, billing, and report generation. Represent Penn to external clients and academic visitors. Expand customer base of industrial and academic clients to develop revenue for the facility. Participate in developmental research; assist in writing proposals for Facility funding. Work with Faculty and other stake holders to specify, purchase, install, and commission new nanofabrication equipment and materials. Oversee the training of new and existing users and the development/documentation of nanofabrication processes.

Job Description

The Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking a Director of the Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility (QNF). The QNF is the largest of the three shared user facilities that comprise the Singh Center. QNF operates a state-of-the-art research cleanroom with over 10,000 square feet of clean space, with a suite of over 80 fabrication and metrology tools for lithography, etch, deposition, and packaging. The QNF is staffed with 9 technicians, engineers, and scientists to maintain the facility and serve internal and external users. Established in 2014, the QNF is entering a new phase in which its future Director will have the opportunity to lead and develop our nationally recognized nanofabrication facility in the Mid-Atlantic region.

  • Lead a staff of nine technicians, engineers, and scientists, unifying them into a team to execute on our center's mission to serve and enable users;
  • Set operational policies for the lab and clearly communicate these policies to both staff and users;
  • Ensure the safety and security of users and equipment through coordination and consultation with staff, Building Management, Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, and Public Safety;
  • Oversee the establishment and enforcement of operating procedures and safety protocols, training new and existing users, and developing and documenting nanofabrication processes;
  • Manage the budget, billing, purchasing of supplies and maintenance services;
  • Serve as the primary interface between the facility and its users by representing the Singh Center and Penn to external clients and academic visitors;
  • Work with faculty and other stakeholders to propose, specify, purchase, install, and commission new nanofabrication equipment and materials;
  • Establish a cooperative inter-facility relationship with directors of the other two facilities resident in the Singh Center to best serve users;
  • Assist in expanding the customer base of new industrial and academic users; and
  • Enable our substantial educational mission in experimental nanotechnology, which requires the extensive use of lab resources.

  • An M.S. or Ph.D. degree in a nano-relevant engineering or physical science discipline is preferred; and 5 - 7 years of experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with the wide diversity of projects and materials that are encountered in a creative university clean room environment is essential.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills in order to interact with researchers, students, TAs, staff, and faculty is essential.
  • Ability to work for long periods of time in a cleanroom environment is essential.
  • Ability to work together with the other two Facilities Directors as a team to further the overall strategic goals of the Singh Center is essential.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Engineering and Applied Science

Pay Range
$90,860.00 - $142,844.66

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Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
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  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
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  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
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