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Seagate Intern - Wafer Thin Film Development - Summer 2022

Location:  Bloomington, MN, US

About our group:

The Thin Film Development Group is responsible for delivering new material and deposition process solutions to Seagate’s advanced recording head development effort. As part of the wafer process team, we develop best-in-class films using vacuum- and electrochemistry-based deposition methods, and partner with integration teams to introduce these films into new recording head designs. As an enabler of head performance and reliability advances through materials innovation, we help Seagate lead in technology and time-to-market.

About the role - you will:

  • Help develop novel optical thin films for next-generation heat-assisted magnetic recording heads
  • Investigate structure-process-property relationships for oxide and oxynitride films including detailed microstructural and physical property assessment
  • Work with engineering staff to implement and validate improved films in optical test structures and prototype recording heads
  • Perform work with team of PhD engineers in remote, and possibly lab and clean room environments using different experimental techniques including reactive sputtering, atomic layer deposition, chemical vapor deposition, ellipsometry, wafer curvature, adhesion testing, SEM/TEM, transport measurements etc.

About you:

  • Pursuing a Masters or PhD degree in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Physics, or similar degree
  • Graduate course work with hands-on experience in dielectric thin film deposition and characterization, with particular consideration given to backgrounds in optical materials, ceramic film processing, oxide characterization, high-temperature dielectric behavior and dielectric modeling
  • Prior experience in an industrial R&D environment is a plus
  • Knowledge of basic analysis and presentation software (Excel, Powerpoint, JMP…)
  • You are self-motivated, able to work independently, and have strong attention to detail.
  • You are a team player capable of working in strong partnership with, and communicating effectively with a diverse group of engineers and technicians.
  • You are able to maintain thorough documentation of results and be able to clearly discuss them with other staff members in engineering forums.


Our Normandale campus spans two suburbs, Edina and Bloomington, and serves as the Recording Head development and manufacturing arm of Seagate. Located in the heart of a bustling community, Seagate offers an on-site café, or if you prefer, you can drive to one of many restaurants just minutes away. Need to grab a gift over lunch time? Shopping is abundant in the area. If working out is your thing, the on-site fully equipped fitness center hosts wellness programs, outdoor activities, tournaments and group workouts. Looking for something more laid back? Reset in one of our meditation rooms, or simply take a walk around our indoor walking path. On-site cultural festivals, celebrations and community volunteer opportunities also abound.

Other Important information:
United States Only - Seagate believes that vaccines are one of the most powerful tools to fight COVID-19 and maintain a safer workplace. Proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination is required for all US-based employees of Seagate. This requirement applies to all employees and locations in the United States including those employees working remotely, consistent with the requirements under Executive Order 14042 for federal contractors/sub-contractors. Seagate will consider exceptions to this policy for medical or religious reasons on an individualized basis.
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