Microelectronics Specialist

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Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Microelectronics Specialist for Centro de Tecnología Avanzada (CIATEQ A.C.) in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. CIATEQ, a public research center, offers technological services to various industries and it is determined to provide high-quality services. To meet the needs of the electronic industry, CIATEQ is opening a satellite campus in Guadalajara, Jalisco with the objective of providing technical support and specialized services for industry. Thus, CIATEQ has acquired an Optomec AJ300 printer, with which the design and manufacture of electronic devices of the order of micrometers can be carried out with additive manufacturing technology, using metallic and semiconductor materials. CIATEQ is requesting the collaboration of a PCRV with experience in the design and development of sensors, devices, and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), including wearables In addition, it will be expected that the Volunteer contributes in the development of a business plan to offer commercial services utilizing the Optomec AJ 300 printer and a manufacturing and assembly line of electronic cards (PCB) to satisfy to industry needs and make the laboratories financially sustainable.

A Microelectronics Specialist, with at least a degree related to electronics engineering and at least 5 years of professional experience professional experience in microelectronics, is needed to be part of the electronics team. He/she will assist the team in the conceptualization and design of microelectronic sensors and devises with a particular focus on wearables, develop methodologies or procedures for the design and manufacturing of such devices, and operate the Optomec AJ 300 printer as well as develop protocols and operating manuals for the use of the printer among lab personnel. The PCRV will also draft a five-year R&D; Roadmap for the micro-sensors laboratory to maximize the use of laboratory equipment, define a strategic plan aimed at increasing personnel knowledge and skills in the areas of designing and developing microelectronic devices, and discuss areas of opportunities with the team in order to develop new microelectronic products and services. The goal of this assignment is to build the capacity of CIATEQ A.C. to research, design, and manufacture microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

Please note these are approximate departure dates and might change. Final invitation decisions will be made by end of May.

Volunteer safety is of paramount importance, and the protections of U.S. citizenship promote volunteer safety. Under Mexican law, anyone born in Mexico who became a U.S. citizen after 1998 or anyone holding dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship is considered a citizen of Mexico, and not of the United States. If such an individual faced a legal, safety or other emergency situation in Mexico, the Peace Corps' ability to intervene could be limited. Therefore, the PC will not place in Mexico individuals who are either dual citizens of Mexico and the U.S. or who were born in Mexico and became U.S. citizens after 1998. If you fit either of these categories, we encourage you to look at other opportunities with PC Response.

Partner Information

CIATEQ A.C., Centro de Tecnología Avanzada

Required Skills

• Electronics Engineering degree
• At least five years of professional experience in microelectronics
• First-hand experience designing and developing microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)
• Professional experience designing devices using additive manufacturing
• Experience manufacturing electronic boards (PCBs)
• Basic Spanish language or the willingness and ability to improve quickly Spanish language communication skills.
• Flexibility, adaptability, and professionalism given a new work environment in a new culture and within the context of the rules, regulations, and core expectations of the Peace Corps.
• Initiative, resourcefulness, and the ability to work on a team with potentially limited resources and limited supervision.
• Willingness to learn about and integrate/adapt into the Mexican culture

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in Mexico

  • Mexico may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Mexico, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please also review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.


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