Senior Equipment Engineer

Job title

Senior Equipment Engineer


Eindhoven, High Tech Campus


40 hrs / week

SMART Photonics B.V. established in March 2012, is the world’s first pure-play foundry for Indium Phosphide photonics semiconductors. We offer commercial Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) services on InP at very competitive rates. Headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, we are trusted by the world’s leading companies, large and small. That’s because of our proven track record in InP research, development and production. We’ve brought together just the right expertise in the right place at the right time. Indium phosphide chips are proving to be the best choice in many applications ranging from next generation low-power consumption data-centres to “intelligent pills”  for medical diagnostics and high-accuracy drug dispensation. Integrated photonics also plays an increasingly important role in the aircraft industry, air quality monitoring and ultra-secure cryptography. SMART Photonics is an independent pure-play foundry. That means we only make products using designs from our customers. The fact that we don’t make our own products means there is no conflict of interest in the market.

SMART Photonics is a rapidly growing, ambitious high-tech company. In the current life-cycle of our company (scale-up, 60 employees) your role will be broad.  Join us with the photonics revolution and apply now! We are looking for a:

Senior Equipment Engineer  

Location: High Tech Campus, Eindhoven The Netherlands
Fulltime: 40 hours a week
Direct Report: Operations Manager

Job Goal

As a Senior Equipment Engineer you will be the tool owner for various types of equipment used in the wafer manufacturing. Examples are plasma deposition tools, lithography tools, coat and developer tracks and wet and dry etch tools. Your main goal is to maintain and improve existing equipment and to expand the production line towards the next phase in photonics manufacturing. You will be working closely together with the responsible Process Engineers, Technicians, R&D Engineers and Technical Project Leaders.

Job responsibilities and qualifications

  • Support operations for daily equipment related activities/disturbances;
  • Setup, perform and guide scheduled maintenance;
  • Assist in unscheduled maintenance/repair;
  • Report and use metrics (Availability, MTBF) to drive improvement activities on hardware, maintenance, and overall operation;
  • Work with vendors, field service and technical representatives;
  • Train and support process engineers and technicians;
  • Support in the selection of requirements, inspection and acceptance of new equipment;
  • Coordinate, install and release of new equipment and required facilities;
  • Setup and maintain the spare parts database;
  • Make sure the equipment meets the Arbo, Safety and Health standards;
  • Assist other team members and areas when possible to help meet production goals;
  • Investigate, troubleshoot and provide technical solutions to equipment related yield problems;
  • Document and improve repair and standard work instructions.


 We are looking for a person that

  • Successfully completed a relevant BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electronics, Mechatronics or closely related field;
  • Has at least 10 years of work experience as an equipment engineer;
  • Experience with semiconductor related equipment and manufacturing (cleanroom) environment is a must;
  • Experience with statistics, process control (SPC), FMEA, 8D;
  • High level trouble shooting skills;
  • Strong communicator;
  • Experience with new tool installation projects (selection, acceptance and release);
  • Flexibility and adaptability to work well within a team or independently under minimal supervision as conditions require;
  • Flexibility to adapt to rapidly changing priorities;
  • Hands-on participation and strong sense of urgency;
  • Strong ownership;
  • Strong analytical and creative thinking skills for effective decision-making;
  • Has a natural independent drive to take responsibility/ownership to get the job done, stay focused and be pro-active;
  • Embodies cooperation and co-creation. These are key to our success!


What we offer you?

  • To become part of a new revolution in chip technology in the field of Photonics, like micro electronics was in de ‘70s. Building on a great future for the industry;
  • To develop with us SMART Photonics into a market leader in an entrepreneurial, dynamic environment;
  • A challenging position with plenty of room for own initiatives and professional development;
  • A talented group of passionate people, working in an open culture, in multidisciplinary teams;
  • A competitive set of employment terms;
  • Located on the bustling High Tech Campus, in the Brainport Region;
  • Not a single boring working day!


Are you interested?

Please send your motivation letter and resume to: attn. Yvonne Stas, HR manager. We are looking forward to your response! If you have specific job related questions, please contact the Operations Manager, Armand Klignet, (040) 304 6433.

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