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Electron Microscopy Analyst I (Multiple Shifts)

Location: Hillsboro, Oregon, United States
Job ID: R0027602
Date Posted: Sep 15, 2023
Segment: Connective Industries
Business Unit: Hitachi High-Technologies
Profession (Job Category): Engineering & Science
Job Type (Experience Level): Entry Level
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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WORK LOCATION: Hillsboro, OR (NCP) Office

EXPECTED PAY RANGE: $55,275 - $76,003

This pay range is for the position's base salary only. This position may be eligible for other compensation including incentive pay and/or allowances. Candidates will receive additional information during the interview and selection process.

Available Work Shifts:

  • 1st Shift/Day Shift: Monday - Friday, 6am -3pm

  • 2nd Shift: Monday - Friday, 2PM - 11PM (eligibile for 10% shift differential)


As part of HTA’s Semiconductor Equipment Division (SED), the Portland Evaluation Lab (PEL) team provides high quality data and consistent analytical support in the process development cycle ultimately related to sales of Reactive Ion Etch (RIE or Plasma Etch) equipment to the semiconductor industry. We are here to enable our customers to manufacture their next generation computer chips in mass production.

The Electron Microscopy Analyst I (EMA-I) will work in our productionized lab environment to effectively prepare semiconductor samples for observation and operate a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to collect high-resolution images.  They will consult with supervisors, teammates, and engineers regarding routine operational questions, internal pass-down communications, and workflow improvements.


  • Complete internal training for safe and proficient operation of technical lab equipment.
  • Use a SEM to obtain SE and BSE micrographs.
  • Perform necessary sample preparation techniques to enable subsequent analyses to be conducted on semiconductor wafer samples using various cleaving techniques, ion milling, and thin-film deposition of samples.
  • Build to sustain expected output and quality metrics.
  • Optically differentiate samples and target locations and interpret ‘live’ 3D structures from reference documentation.
  • Exhibit HTA and PEL values throughout workflow – Safety/Integrity, Customer Focus, Challenge, Collaboration, and Growth.
  • Clearly communicate questions, updates, and abstract concepts in person and via email with peers, supervisor/management, and internal customers.
  • Follow all established workflow steps, including activities such as data updates, proper sample prioritization and organization, and shared-space cleaning.


  • As a minimum, High school diploma or GED is required; or an equivalent combination of education and work experience in a related field (i.e.  experience working with SEMs or productionized lab.)
  • Technical/science education highly preferred – such as Bachelor of Science degree or higher in related field such as Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Materials Science, (or)


  • This is an entry level position, and HTA will provide comprehensive on-the-job training.
  • Should have 0-2 years of experience working with various SEMs, optical microscopes and other high-tech or semiconductor equipment to prepare samples and perform imaging analysis.
  • Experience using a SEM is highly desirable.
  • Experience in a high-volume lab or environments like QA, FA, fab etc. preferred.
  • Minimum travel required (<5%).


  • Must be a self-starter who is comfortable to work independently with a focus on both accuracy as well as output in a complex environment.
  • Must possess strong technical skills and knowledge of the procedures and techniques used in a laboratory.
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity and fine motor control to handle fragile samples and instrumentation.
  • Ability to visually examine and differentiate patterns on small samples (~5mm) both unaided and with an optical microscope.
  • Be dependable within a team and supportive of peers.
  • Show curiosity and eagerness to learn about the role and industry and bring their background perspective into tackling the workflow.
  • Ability to effectively manage competing priorities to quickly to meet business needs.
  • Demonstrate tolerance of ambiguity and flexibility to adapt to new situations.
  • Must possess the ability to interact effectively and professionally with internal customers.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors and other employees.  Excellent teamwork and communication skills are required.

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)-Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to [email protected]

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