Modern Electron has an immediate opening for an R&D Scientist.   You will work on the product R&D team, and will be responsible for innovation, testing, and production of vacuum microelectronics & nanoelectronic devices using the company’s cutting edge technology and processes.  Particular focus will be on designing, simulating, and testing nanoscale and microscale vacuum electronic components and electron beam systems.  The successful candidate will work with a team of physicists, chemists, material scientists, electrical engineers, and technicians.  This position will report to the CTO.


Deep understanding of the physics of charged particle systems (electron beam and/or ion beam optics), and particle/solid or particle/electromagnetic field interactions.
Experience setting up complex physical measurements for nanoelectronics or microelectronics and interpreting data.
Experience operating and physical understanding of low energy charged particle beam systems, such as diffraction, imaging, and/or spectroscopy systems (e.g. low energy electron diffraction (LEED), low energy ion scattering (LEIS), Auger electron spectroscopy, helium ion microscope, low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM), photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM/PEM), work function measurements, etc.)
Extensive expertise and experience with design, purchase, assembly, and integration of high vacuum and ultra-high vacuum equipment, and improvements/maintenance of these systems
Basic programming for data acquisition for scientific instrumentation and/or data analysis and visualization (LabView, Matlab, Python, etc.)
Experience with commercial vacuum electronic devices, e.g. field emission devices, klystrons, gyrotrons, traveling wave tubes, thermionic cathodes, and/or photocathodes
Experience with mechanical engineering, CAD, and thermal management is preferred

Ph.D. or equivalent in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, Physical Chemistry, or related field. Demonstrated experience setting up complex physical measurements and interpreting data.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

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About Modern Electron

Modern Electron is a start-up company dedicated to generating cheap, modular, and reliable electricity for all. Expensive mechanical engines and turbines based on 19th-century technology still generate the majority of the power used worldwide. We seek to replace them with paper thin heat-to-electricity generators.  >$10MM venture capital is committed to our vision.  We have enormous potential for learning, impact, and growth in a small and collaborative team setting.  We value our ability to move fast to outpace larger companies and achieve what they cannot.