Lead Process Engineering

Job title

Cluster Lead - Wet etch process


Eindhoven HTC, The Netherlands



SMART Photonics aims to be the trusted, leading TIER 1 foundry and development partner in integrated photonics. We closely collaborate with our customers to create innovative products that improve people’s lives.

Job description

Together with the team you are responsible for developing, optimizing and managing the fabrication processes used to create photonic devices, such as lasers, optical amplifiers, and photonic integrated circuits. The goal is to ensure that our processes are efficient, cost-effective, and produce high-quality products that meet our customer specifications.

  • Define a roadmap with short- and Long-term goals, aligned with company mission and vision to secure TIER one foundry goals.
  • Align and cooperate with other Leads and other departments to establish solid development and integration of our new technology.
  • Represent your clusters (metal cluster and Wet etching cluster)  during management meeting and presentations. Offering both in depth technical knowledge as well as strategical overview.
  • Coach and manage the team, with a focus on taking ownership and strengthen capabilities.
  • Assure all wet etch processes are released on time with the right qualifications, while respecting our safety guidelines. .
  • Secure the team provides efficient response and prioritize on troubleshooting or other issues.
  • Analysing and improving existing processes, including control systems, to increase efficiency and reduce costs.
  • Offer a profound knowledge of several processes in a wafer fab. 1st priority is being able to support all tech experts in the team and step-in where needed.


We are looking for a person who has/is

  • A master’s degree in a technical field.
  • + 6 years of Experience within wafer / chip manufacturing
  • A good understanding of various processes and the strict safety guidelines used in the fabrication of semiconductor integrated circuits.
  • Proven drive of operational excellence aligned with company vision.
  • Experienced with process improvement and statistical tools like FMEA, SPC, DoE.
  • A natural drive to take ownership to get the job done, stay focused and be pro-active.
  • The skill to develop the team towards recognized owners of the wet etch process.
  • Embodies cooperation and co-creation and has the communication skills to do so.


We offer:

A highly interesting and challenging position in a fast-growing company, with a strong and supportive sales team and highly skilled and motivated R&D engineers, eager to work on new and exciting integration technologies.


Benefits & Culture at SMART Photonics:

Smart Photonics is an open foundry on InP. We offer our customers solutions for data- and telecommunication, as well as for sensing (such as Lidar) and medical applications. We keep on growing and evolving so it doesn’t stop there.

Our company is located in Eindhoven, we have a team of +/- 170 colleagues, from a diverse culture and world-wide background. We value our people and are offering support and guidance in personal growth, career development and work-life balance.

As everyone is different, we offer a wide variety of possibilities:

  • Depending on the role and responsibilities up to 25% remote work possible.
  • Investment in your career development by a tailor-made career plan (including courses, training, and personal coaching options)
  • Up to 250 online courses, you can follow.
  • Chair massage, fruit of the office, company fitness discount and Lunch Walks.
  • We are located at the High Tech Campus a bustling location offering a supermarket, all kind of restaurants, a gym, and network events such a (fe)male tech hero’s, spouse networking and a pub quiz night.
  • For people who need a work permit, visa and/or relocation, we are acknowledged as high-tech company allow to apply for the highly skilled migrant visa. We also have a relocation package in place.
  • Our employees valued teamwork with an 8.8 /10, freedom in their job with an 8.8/10 and collaboration with other colleagues an 8.6/10.

The 9 core values of SMART Photonics are: Customer obsession, Bias for Action, Teamwork Spirit, Passion to Innovate, Trust in each Other, Work SMART, Eye for quality, Ownership, and continuous improvement.





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