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Senior Defectivity Engineer

NXP Semiconductors

NXP Semiconductors

Nijmegen, Netherlands
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024


Are you a process engineer that is a team player looking for a dynamic high-tech work environment with large growth potential? We might be looking for you! In this function you will work in multidisciplinary teams all around the globe on challenging projects, developing both your leadership and technical skills.

NXP Semiconductors N.V. provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. A global semiconductor company with operations in more than 35 countries, over 45.000 employees and a revenue of over $10 billion.

ICN8 is the largest 8“integrated circuits wafer fab in Europe. It is a high-tech environment with many multi discipline challenges, housing over 450 manufacturing tools (ASML, ASM/TEL, Applied Material, LAM) and 150 measurement tools (inline inspections, end of inline testing). Products are made in CMOS, BIMOS, RFCMOS and SOI processes. New processes are being developed and transferred to our fab, which enable further growth.

Job Mission

Responsible for the investigation, checking, controlling and improving of the defectivity levels in current and new processes within ICN8 manufacturing ( 8 ”Fab).

Job Description

You will join the Defectivity group which is part of the PSE organization. This Process Sustaining and Enhancement (PSE) organization is part of ICN8 and has the responsibility to improve and maintain the running process technologies.

The PSE section aims to realize robust and controlled production processes within ICN8 manufacturing, as well as to improve the processes in the field of costs, cycle time, environment, yield and quality, in order to strengthen ICN8's competitive position.

Yields in integrated circuit manufacturing are for a large part determined by the presence of defects. Your responsibility is the successful management of the top ICN8 defectivity problems. Together with tool process and equipment engineers your challenge is to successfully control and/or reduce defects levels.

Activities include optimizing defect inspection strategies, implementing best known methods for the use of the available defect inspection technology tool set as well as supporting the Defectivity employees in the fab.

Responsible for and Implementing and establishing a base-line Defectivity improvement process within the ICN8 organization.

Supports the ICN8 organization in order to make the right decision together with the metrology section about the purchase of new defectivity inspection or review tools

Key Areas of Responsibility:

• Fab support

• Responsible for improving defect levels in the various process families.

• Defectivity knowledge source.

• Process quality monitoring with regards to defectivity

• Organizes improvement actions in all ICN8 departments in achieving their objectives through the guidance of senior defectivity engineers

• Initiates and leads 8D or CAT teams in the event of incidents

• Supports the Equipment Department in implementing correct off-line monitoring

• Adequately covering risks for qualifications and changes to processes and / or modules with regard to defectivity issues.

• Technically responsible for handling defectivity OOS

• Trend monitoring of the defectivity measurements.

Education and Function requirements

Master’s degree in applied science, Physics, Electronics or other relevant technical area.

• Proven leadership of project and improvement teams

Being able to act quickly and carefully under time pressure

• To be able to handle multiple projects or issues in parallel

• Can adjust the level of communication to the level of his audience: from defective operators to ICN8-MT


• Preferable 2-5 years’ experience in a high-tech environment

• Knowledge of complex production processes

• Languages: Dutch and English

• Knowledge of process optimization, statistical process control, FMEA and Quality Management Systems (preferred)

Personal skills

• Raising the bar; Analytical, pragmatic, pro-active and result oriented

• Engages curiosity; Self-assured and able to engage and convince people, also at higher management levels

• Takes initiative; shows ownership, hands on mentality

• Common sense

• Working together; Is a reliable team player, listens to and absorbs other ideas and opinions. Good social/communication skills on different levels

• Developing deep core competences; Is a quick learner, able to prioritize and operate independently and adapt to changing circumstances focusing on quality and continuous improvement

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