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Sr. Development Engineer


Bloomington, MN, US

About our group:


You will have the exciting opportunity to work on cutting edge technologies and help push the areal density of Seagate recording heads beyond that of any other competitor in the world. This is a Development Engineer position in our wafer process development team. Our team's mission is to develop new processes for state-of-the-art recording head technology. Recording head process technology encompasses all disciplines employed in semiconductor wafer processes technology, performed in a clean room environment.

About the role - you will:


  • Develop novel, robust, and manufacturable plasma etch (ICP) processes to achieve critical dimension and geometry of nanometer-scale devices for advanced recording heads.
  • Maintain plasma etch (ICP) wafer processes including investigating root cause of process failures, coordinating execution of experiments, and conducting in-depth data analysis.
  • Work with a team of engineers in integration/photo/plasma etch/materials/plating/CMP/wetetch process to deliver advanced writers with designed magnetic, electrical, and thermo-mechanical performance for the next generation products.
  • Manage experiments/projects and wafer tracking aggressively and deliver results to the designated schedule.
  • Participate in hands-on investigation and resolution of process issues with frequent factory-floor presence.
  • Participate in the technology transfer to the production engineering teams. Interact with design teams to understand requirements and specs for device performance

About you:


  • Self-motivated, independent worker with demonstrated strong work ethic and potential for long term growth.
  • Capable of fast learning and adapting to the changing needs of a fast paced development program.
  • Teamwork across functional teams/departments.
  • Clear written and verbal communication of results and issues.
  • Strong attention to details and clean execution

Your experience includes:


  • Hands-on experience or knowledge of semiconductor process technologies with a special focus on plasma etch is preferred.
  • Bachelor's Degree in materials science, electrical engineering, chemistry, physics, chemical engineering or other related engineering fields and 5+ years of industry experience, or Master’s Degree in same and 3+ years of industry experience, or PHD and 0+ years of experience or equivalent education and experience.



Our Normandale campus spans two suburbs, Edina and Bloomington, and serves as the Recording Head development and manufacturing arm of Seagate. Located in the heart of a bustling community, Seagate offers an on-site café, or if you prefer, you can drive to one of many restaurants just minutes away. Need to grab a gift over lunch time? Shopping is abundant in the area. If working out is your thing, the on-site fully equipped fitness center hosts wellness programs, outdoor activities, tournaments and group workouts. Looking for something more laid back? Reset in one of our meditation rooms, or simply take a walk around our indoor walking path. On-site cultural festivals, celebrations and community volunteer opportunities also abound.


Travel: none 

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With more than four decades of storage innovation, Seagate empowers humanity to thrive in the data age and helps people and businesses navigate the ever-expanding data landscape. 

We craft precision-engineered, cutting-edge solutions that help the world store and manage exponential data growth.

Seagate is powered by our talented, passionate, and diverse workforce of 40,000 employees across the globe who embody our core values: integrity, innovation, and inclusion. Striving towards excellence every single day, we show up with these values for our customers, business partners, shareholders, and communities alike.

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Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis