Senior Particle Scientist


Shoreview, MN, US, 55126

Who Are We?
Are you someone that likes new challenges? Do you want to explore new technologies and help solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, like air quality and safety solutions? At MSP, these opportunities are real. Our engineers work with industry-leading experts both internally and externally. We encourage and enable our engineers to get into the field with customers to better understand their issues and solve their problems. At MSP, you make a difference – every day.


Senior Particle Scientist at MSP

This position is responsible for design, development, and technical support related to MSP, a Division of TSI, technologies. This includes particle deposition equipment, services, and suspensions serving the semiconductor surface defect inspection and metrology market. Ideal candidates have a sound knowledge of particle and aerosol technology, material and chemical properties of particles. Knowledge of processes related to semiconductor mask and wafer metrology is a plus. Among other tasks, the Senior Particle Scientist will work with multi-disciplinary design teams to define technical requirements, determine feasibility, and lay out and maintain a technology roadmap for future products. 


What Will You Do?

In order to grow and build a successful career with TSI, you will:

  • Evaluate existing methods and develop improved methods for particle deposition equipment, services, and suspensions.
  • Evaluate measurement concepts and algorithms for merit and demonstrate ability to convert theoretical concepts into cost-effective, manufacturable instruments.
  • Support existing methods and contribute ideas to improve the company’s core competency in the area of particle counting, sizing, and wafer deposition.  Respond to advanced technical questions from the field.
  • Publish papers and generate patent applications relating to the company’s measurement needs. This position requires someone that will present a confident and capable impression to customers by presenting engaging and relevant papers related to the field of particle technology.
  • Participate on project teams and attend technical reviews offering insights on design.
  • Keep active in the fields of interest by reviewing literature, interacting with existing and potential collaborators, and networking with Industrial and Academic colleagues.
  • Work with leaders in the field to evaluate, develop, and implement advanced measurement techniques. This can include working from published literature or directly with developers of licensed technologies.
  • Be a technical driver of projects – have a working knowledge of all technical aspects (software, hardware, optics, algorithms, and current literature).
  • Some travel to key trade shows and conferences to present papers and bring back technical knowledge of the state of the art and competition.
  • Involvement in key technical committees related to particle technology and semiconductor metrology. Build relationships with key personnel in the industry.
  • Participate in technical feasibility projects.


*Note that this is not a pure R&D position or function.


What Do You Need?

  • Master’s Degree in Engineering or the Sciences from an established research institution
  • Strong background in particle technology especially in the area of instrument development
  • Good working knowledge of fluid mechanics
  • Knowledge of data inversion techniques for electrical or optical particle detection/sizing
  • A large toolbox of theoretical and practical tools to tackle problems (simulation tools, CAD, modeling tools)
  • Experience with modeling tools such as Matlab, Mathcad, SolidWorks, and COMSOL Multiphysics
  • Proficiency in a programming language such as Visual Basic, Python or C/C++
  • Excellent hands-on experimentalist, rigorous documentation and reporting
  • Understand problems and best-practice solutions in detecting, counting, and sizing particles
  • Working knowledge of measuring surface chemistry, particle structure, morphology, and other physical properties of particles
  • Understand the applications for these methods and devices. 
  • Help define product requirements for instruments
  • Working knowledge of generating and interpreting intellectual property
  • History of high-quality publications


  • PhD in Engineering or the Sciences from an established research institution


What Can We Give You?
At MSP, our employees are our most valuable assets, and we care about their health and happiness. We offer a competitive benefits program to keep our employees and their family members protected and foster a healthy work-life balance. Additionally, we are committed to employee development and growth, and encourage and foster an environment of collaboration, and innovation. Our work has meaning and the products we design and build help protect people and the environment.

Dress for your day: We want our employees to be comfortable at work and we know they are more productive when they’re comfortable. The dress for your day policy allows employees’ discretion to select appropriate dress for the business of each workday.

Free Beverages/On-site Cafeterias: Enjoy complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate each day at work. We also have a cafeteria that employees can eat lunch in.


Benefit Offerings: Competitive medical insurance plans, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, 401K Employer Contribution, Flexible Spending Account, Education Assistance, and more.


Legal authorization to work in the United States without the need for sponsorship.  We require proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


MSP, a Division of TSI, provides technology solutions that improve thin film deposition processes used in semiconductor manufacturing and industrial coatings applications. Our vision is to create a better world by helping protect people, products and the environment, as well as by optimizing research and industrial processes.  MSP’s products enable improved deposition processes critical to moving the electronics industry forward.  MSP’s Vaporizers and Filters are widely used in Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD), Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD), Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) and Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD).  To learn more about our products click on this link,,-a-division-of-tsi/

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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