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Sr. Development Engineer - Wafer Process Development


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 processes to achieve critical dimension and geometry of nanometer-scale devices for advanced recording heads.
  • Maintain plasma 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 various processes 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.
  • Interact with design teams to understand design requirements and CTQs 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:


  • Bachelor's Degree in Materials Science/Electrical Engineering/Chemistry/Physics/Chemical engineering  and 5+ years experience, or Master’s Degree in the same and 3+ years experience, or PHD and 0+ years of experience or equivalent education and experience.
  • Hands-on experience or knowledge of vacuum and/or thin film process technologies including Ion-mill, ICP, IBD, CVD, MBE, and ALD is a plus.
  • Experience working in a clean room



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.


Location: Normandale, United States
Travel: None

















About Us

At Seagate, our mission is to give people peace of mind by protecting their digital lives.

Since 1978, Seagate has been creating precision-engineered data storage technologies that deliver superior capacity, speed, safety, and performance. We help people harness and maximize the datasphere.

Seagate couldn't do any of that without its employees—a diverse workforce of 40,000 creative, hard-working, passionate people all over the world. From the Silicon Valley, the United Kingdom, Singapore, India, Thailand, through China, our people are proud to embody the values of integrity, innovation, and inclusion.

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