Research Specialist- MEMS Research & Development


The MicroSystems Lab (Shkel group) at UC Irvine is seeking a research specialist for advanced resonant and inertial MEMS. The successful candidate will contribute to high profile federal government research programs developing revolutionary micro-sensors and systems based on innovative device architectures, materials, fabrication and controls using state-of-the-art facilities in an intellectually ambitious and stimulating entrepreneurial environment with ability to publish work.

Specific responsibilities will include

  • Thrust 1 - MEMS: conceptual and physical layout design of MEMS, modeling, development of fabrication and vacuum packaging processes using a cleanroom.
  • Thrust 2 - Electronics: design, layout, modeling of discreet analog and digital PCBs for capacitive MEMS resonators and sensors, DSP/FPGA programming.

Additional responsibilities will include design and implementation of computer-controlled characterization experiments, data analysis, collaboration with other researchers, preparing publications and delivering presentations for top journals and conferences, reporting to the funding agencies and periodic assistance to graduate students.

The successful candidate is expected to have a degree in electrical or mechanical engineering (Ph.D. preferred but not required) and demonstrated experience in one of the thrust areas outlined above. The candidate should have excellent communication and time management skills, ability to learn quickly and enthusiastically, and experience in Thrust 1 - MEMS design, cleanroom operations, experimental MEMS characterization - and Thrust 2 - PCB design, analog circuit design, DSP/FPGA programming - and experimental characterization. Experience in resonators, inertial MEMS and inertial technology is a strong plus.

The job is located in the beautiful city of Irvine just 7 miles from the beach and comes with all standard UC benefits. Position is dependent on extramural funding and research contracts of the principal investigator. The position will remain open until filled. An immediate start date is available within two weeks of the hiring decision. Renewal of the appointment will be offered to well-performing candidates contingent upon the availability of adequate funding. Applicants should email a resume and names and contact information of three references to the PI contact below. Please indicate "specialist appointment - MEMS R&D" in the email subject. Applicants are encouraged to visit

Andrei M. Shkel, Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of California, Irvine

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