Fraunhofer USA CMW Job Posting

Project Engineer#


Fraunhofer USA, Inc. is a 501c(3)  non-profit organization.   Applied research is the foundation of our organization. Fraunhofer bridges the gap between basic research and industry aiming to accelerate technology development resulting in faster market penetration. We partner with our clients from academia, government and industry to transform original ideas into innovations that benefit society and strengthen the economy. 

Fraunhofer USA’s Center Midwest is located on the campus of the Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. The Center focuses on next generation materials for a variety of market including automotive, energy, environment and health. The Center’s technology portfolio includes additive manufacturing, coatings, plasma sources, diamond materials and laser applications.   

Fraunhofer USA Center Midwest is seeking a highly motivated, reliable and technically competent individual to join our team as a Project Engineer. Participating as a Project Engineer you will play an integral part within our diverse team of diamond experts advancing novel synthetic diamond fabrication processes for a broad variety of markets. Our current program focuses on improving diamond materials for electronic, optical and quantum applications. Additionally, we interact with and supply a wide variety of diamond materials to our customers form academia and industry.

This is a salaried entry-level position offering benefits including health and dental insurance, paid vacation, life insurance and pension plan. 

The business core working hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with an average working week of 40 hours. Project dependent work hours may be shifted outside of the core working hours.


  • Be a member of a highly skilled and interdisciplinary team advancing diamond growth and fabrication processes.
  • Executing engineering projects in areas related to diamond fabrication including laser cutting, and polishing; and diamond growth via chemical vapor deposition.
  • Technical report writing on results of assigned engineering projects.
  • Maintenance and conditioning of diamond fabrication and growth systems and other laboratory equipment.
  • Ensure compliance with environmental, safety, health, and quality program (ISO9001) requirements. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • B.S. required in Material Science, Physics, Chemical Engineering or related engineering or science field.
  • Prior experience in a research setting (i.e. university research projects), or a working knowledge of materials science, crystallography, or chemical vapor deposition.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent ability to independently identify, develop and implement scientific solutions to practical problems.
  • Motivated self-starter with excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Able to work independently, collaboratively and effectively across different functions.
  • Able to set priorities and adapt to changing needs as well as the proven ability to function well in a fast-paced environment.
  • Establish and maintain a safe laboratory environment and work practices.
  • Able to work in an interdisciplinary, diverse and international team. 
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office software (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Technical and working knowledge of polishing and lapping equipment is strongly desired. Additional knowledge of crystalline structures and orientations is preferred. 
  • Prior experience with operation, assembly and maintenance of vacuum components and systems is strongly desired.
  • Prior experience with material characterization, such as XRD, AFM, SEM, Raman is desired.


This position will require occasional heavy lifting (40 lbs) of machine parts.

Fraunhofer USA is an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is a federal contractor. 

Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S.

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