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MEMS Microfabrication PhD Teaching Assistantship for Fall 2012

The University of Louisville has an opening in the Fall of 2012 for a PhD Teaching Assistant (TA) position associated with an Introductory course in Microfabrication and MEMS (ECE543 and ECE544). The position includes full tuition, stipend and health insurance. The successful candidate should be an incoming student into the UofL ECE PhD program and interested in MEMS research. The student should have previous hands-on cleanroom experience with a variety of microfabrication techniques and tools, including photolithography, sputtering, evaporation, wet and dry etching, bulk-micromachining, oxidation, thermal diffusion, and electronic testing. The student also needs to have excellent communication skills, be comfortable working with students, and be experienced with cleanroom safety and protocols. In ECE 544 the students fabricate and test a Silicon Bulk-Micromachined Piezoresistive Pressure Sensor. To be eligible for the UofL PhD program, the candidate needs the following requirements:

  • Completion of a Master’s of Science Degree in Engineering or related field
  • A graduate record examination (GRE) combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 or higher (new exam version), or 1000 or higher (older version)
  • All applicants for whom English is a second language must also submit an official TOEFL score of 80 or higher.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic work
  • Completion of the graduate student online application form available at:
  • Official transcript from each college attended

Interested applicants need to send their resume to Professor Kevin Walsh at and be admitted to the UofL Ph.D. program at least six (6) weeks prior to the beginning of the Fall 2012 term.

UofL has a new $30M 10,000 sq. ft. class 100 cleanroom which has been ranked in the top 10 in the US by Small Time magazine ( This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience in a state-of-the-art cleanroom facility while completing your PhD studies in the field of MEMS and Nanotechnology.  NSF projects the need for 2,000,000 MEMS and nanotechnologists by 2020.