Technologist - Materials Research Engineer

Western Digital
Full time | Full day

Technologist - Materials Research Engineer

Posted 9 June by Western Digital

  • San Jose

Company Description

The future. It’s on you. You & Western Digital. We’ve been storing the world’s data for more than 50 years. Once, storage was the most important thing we could do for data. Now, we’re helping the world capture, preserve, access, and transform data in a way only we can.

The most game-changing companies, consumers, professionals, and government organizations come to us for the technologies and solutions they need to capture, preserve, access, and transform their data.

But we can’t do it alone. Today’s exceptional data challenges require your exceptional skills. It’s You & Us. Together, we’re the next big thing in data.

Western Digital® data-centric solutions are found under the G-Technology™, SanDisk®, and WD® brands.

Job Description

This position is in Western Digital Research, a world-class research laboratory in San Jose, California with over 150 employees.  Research activities in the lab focus on all aspects of information storage, memories, and related areas such as sensors. The materials team’s mission is to develop novel materials for emerging technologies. The team is well-equipped with thin film deposition tools and related characterization tools, located in a fully functional cleanroom with the capability to fabricate a wide array of nanoscale devices using novel materials.


  • Conduct hands-on, experimental research of thin films for a broad range of exploratory projects and emerging technologies such as non-volatile memories and novel sensor applications.
  • Thin film growth by physical vapor deposition using ultra-high vacuum film deposition tools.
  • Characterization of structural, electronic, optical, chemical, magnetic, thermal and mechanical film properties.
  • Design of materials for integration into nanoscale devices.
  • Collect, analyze, present and report film and device characterization data, results and conclusions.
  • Work closely and collaborate within a team of engineers and support staff.


  • Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, physics, electrical engineering, or closely related field.
  • Expertise with materials and devices in non-volatile memory technologies such as PCM, FeRAM, RRAM, MRAM, including materials such as chalcogenide alloys, oxides, ferroelectrics, phase-change materials, OTS materials, glasses and magnetic thin films.
  • Strong hands-on experience with UHV film deposition equipment.
  • Strong hands-on experience with film characterization instrumentation and techniques such as XRD, XPS, XRF, Auger spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, UV/Vis spectrophotometry.
  • Strong knowledge of nanofabrication and general device design and operation.
  • Demonstrated ability to self-direct a research project. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

Additional Information

Because Western Digital thrives on the power of diversity and is committed to an inclusive environment where every individual can thrive through a sense of belonging, respect, and contribution, we are committed to giving every qualified applicant and employee an equal opportunity.  Western Digital does not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on their protected class status and complies with all federal and state laws against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as the laws and regulations set forth in the "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law" poster.

Part of creating a diverse and inclusive workplace includes ensuring that all qualified applicants and employees are provided equal consideration for any available opportunity.  Western Digital is committed to offering opportunities to applicants with a disability.  If you need a reasonable accommodation, email us at [email protected]  In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.

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