Job Title:  Contamination Engineer


Richmond, CA, US, 94806

Business Unit:  Zygo
Posting Date:  Sep 15, 2023
Job Description: 

Title: Contamination Control Engineer

Location: Richmond, CA

Business Unit: Zygo

Posting Date: September 13, 2023

Job Description:


Come join a company where what you do makes a difference. For over 50 years, Zygo Corporation, located in Middlefield, CT has been a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced optical metrology systems and ultra-precise optical components and assemblies. We are a worldwide supplier of optical metrology instruments, high precision optical components, and complex electro-optical system design and manufacturing services. Recognized as a valued partner by its customers for innovative technology, application expertise, product reliability, and responsiveness, ZYGO has been driven by a passion for innovation, as evidenced by approximately 750 patents awarded since its foundation.

We are dedicated to helping you grow your career by using all your talents, insights and experiences in a welcoming team environment. Bring your passion, commitment and curiosity and come grow with us as together we work to make our world a better place





An optical system can be affected by a variety of environmental factors – vibration, shock, temperature, pressure, molecular and particle contamination. The Contamination Control Engineer will drive the implementation and preservation of the molecular and particle contamination and cleanliness standards for our highly sensitive EUV optics, optical equipment, and facilities.  


  • Implement cleanliness protocol to uphold contamination control requirements for the program. 
  • Be the point of contact between customers/stakeholders for any contamination control issues. 
  • Investigate and troubleshoot facility issues, system anomalies, and material restrictions related to contamination control. 
  • Develop handling protocol and best-known methods for materials (for construction of tools, facilities, etc.) following the contamination control standards. 
  • Research and investigate particulate shedding and outgassing characteristics for new materials. 
  • Provide input on contamination control features on product designs. 
  • Identify contamination risks within the facilities and products. 
  • Evaluate, review, and validate vendor capabilities for maintaining cleanliness protocol. 
  • Support cross-functional teams in design, development, manufacturing, assembly, and validation from a contamination control perspective. 
  • Lead personnel training related to contamination control practices. 
  • Manage multiple moving parts, activities, and requests in a cleanroom in order to meet schedule milestones. 









  • Requires at least a BS degree from an accredited school and five (5) years of related experience, or an MS degree from an accredited school and four (4) years of related experience, or Ph.D. from an accredited school and zero (0) years of related experience 
  • Strong fundamental knowledge in chemistry, chemical laboratory practices, and surface science. 
  • Experience in analytical data analysis with the ability to extract clear results from large, complex data sets. 
  • Highly organized with proven multitasking skills and the ability to work under pressure in an advanced development and production environment. 
  • Capable of reading and understanding technical requirements, manuals, engineering drawings, and schematics. 
  • Experience working in a Class 100 (or cleaner) cleanroom. 
  • Excellent analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills. 
  • Previous experience working in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented work environment 
  • Ability to plan, manage and prioritize multiple projects is required. 
  • Proven track record in implementing control procedures and standards. 
  • Ability to apply logical, structured analysis and problem-solving methods. 



  • Preferred candidates will have: 
  • a M.S./Ph.D. in Materials Engineering that focuses on semiconductor/nanotechnology contamination control, OR 
  • a degree in Chemistry or Industrial Hygiene with cleanroom experience in semiconductor/nanotechnology contamination control and/or clean semiconductor, pharmaceutical, or aerospace processing, quality, and contamination control, OR 
  • at least 8 years of related hands-on experience in the contamination control and/or materials engineering field(s). 
  • Preferred candidates will have experience with at least one or more of the following: 
  • Cross-contamination migration and flow modeling and applied mathematical statistics in contamination models 
  • Cleanroom operations and monitoring systems 
  • ISO 14644 Cleanroom Standards and IEST recommended practices for cleanrooms 
  • Ultra-high purity inert gaseous pressure systems 
  • Ultra-high purity gas purged isolators, gloveboxes, chambers, and desiccators 
  • Familiarity with analytical chemistry techniques (FT-IR, RGA, (EGAMS), TGA/DSC, GCMS) 
  • Experienced in Design of Experiment, Statistical Process Controls, and be capable of applying statistical data analysis method to raw data set. 
  • Understanding of UHV (Ultra-High Vacuum) systems, their design, and their components. 
  • Experience with Solidworks is plus. 



  • Competitive benefits
  • 401(k)



Salary Minimum:  $120,000
Salary Maximum:  $130,000

Disclaimer: Where a specific pay range is noted, it is a good faith estimate at the time of this posting.  The actual salary offered will be based on experience, skills, qualifications, market / business considerations, and geographic location.

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