FIB Microscopy Lab - Sample Preparation Technician – English

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English (Fluent)
€ 4753 Monthly
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7 months contract with view to extension
Teodora Simeonova
Call: +31 (0)70 311 7822


Our international client, a world leading organisation in the IT/Software market, is now hiring a FIB Microscopy Lab - Sample Preparation Technician for their quantum lab in Delft.

Their research is focused on the development of new hybrid semiconductor-superconductor platforms to enable the application of Majorana bound states for topological quantum computing.

Material science and fabrication are the foundation and the enablers of qubit devices. They deal with complex stacks of different materials combined at the nanoscale and require state-of-the art metrology and in-depth morphological, structural and compositional analysis. Fabrication of qubit devices is a challenging, multi-step process pushing the boundaries of nanotechnology and nano-patterning techniques. You can play a key role in the development of ground-breaking approaches to quantum computing by helping to realise quantum devices well beyond the current state of the art. Electron beam lithography is a “working horse” for producing quantum devices. 

We are looking for a dedicated experienced professional to operate our state-of-the art dual beam Focussed Ion Beam (FIB/SEM) equipment for transmission electron microscopy (TEM) sample preparation and nano-manipulation.


Job Profile for FIB Microscopy Lab - Sample Preparation Technician
Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Perform and optimise sample preparation for transmission electron microscopy using a focused ion beam (FIB) equipment (70%)
  • Perform and optimise sample preparation other standard ways such as ultramicrotomy or mechanical thinning (20%)
  • Develop or optimise protocols and recipes related to the state-of-the art sample preparation using related techniques and equipment (10%)
  • Deliver Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) ready samples to other characterisation team members or external user
  • Maintain an excellent information log of all sample preparation activities and communicate meaningful information to microscopy users
  • Act as an enabler for a large materials and device research effort ultimately aimed at building the first quantum computer. You will be discovering new unique materials and be able to work in a dynamic environment with state-of-the-art equipment

Candidate Profile for FIB Microscopy Lab - Sample Preparation Technician

  • Must be fluent in English, written and spoken
  • Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering or related – equivalent experience is also acceptable
  • Experience in Focused Ion Beam (FIB) is mandatory and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is desired
  • Excellent knowledge of, and direct hands-on experience in focused-ion-beam assisted sample preparation techniques, ultra-microtomy scanning electron microscopy
  • Able to write accurate short technical reports in English in a time effective manner
  • Ability to quickly integrate and work in a multi-disciplinary, international team and effectively collaborate and communicate to meet the deadlines and deliver against program goals
  • Beneficial: Ion beam sample preparation experience, standard mechanical polishing preparation, ultramicrotomy
  • Experience within the semiconductor industry or in relevant materials research labs would be a plus
  • Experience with lab management and hardware troubleshooting/maintenance in the field of electron/ion microscopy would be a plus

What Our Client Offers

  • Laptop & Mobile
  • Open plan office with dedicated workspace
  • Work in a dynamic, international environment
  • Be part of a passionate and driven team
  • 27 vacation days
  • Travel allowance
  • Café on location