CEINT Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Applications Now Available

The Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT), an RTNN member facility, will host a 10-week, NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program during the summer of 2016. Research projects will focus on the environmental impact of nanotechnology as it relates to a one or more of the following engineering and science disciplines: biomedical engineering, materials science, biology, chemistry, ecotoxicology, geosciences, and civil & environmental engineering.

The deadline for applications is February 28, 2016. The program will run May 30 – July 29, 2016.

For more information, visit the CEINT website.

Phillip Strader Joins RTNN as Textile Technology Project Scientist

The RTNN welcomes Phillip Strader as a member of its staff!

Phillip will serve as a Project Scientist for RTNN, operating mainly from the NC State campus cohort of the network. His primary work will consist of coordinating access to research, education, and outreach services for industry and academia related to textile nanoscience through the capabilities made possible by RTNN. Additionally, he will be an independent user of various analytical techniques available through the Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) at NC State.

Prior to joining RTNN, Phillip studied at the NC State University College of Textiles – earning a B.S. in Textile Technology (2013) and eventually an M.S. in Textiles (2015), while serving as a Research Assistant at the Nonwovens Institute and working on an industrial research project for Eastman Chemical.

(Images courtesy of Gregory ParsonsJesse Jur, and Philip Bradford at NC State.)

RTNN Offers Free Facilities Access to Those with Limited Funding

Applications for the RTNN’s Free-Use Facilities Access Fund are now available. The Free-Use Fund allows members of the nanotechnology and greater scientific communities, who would otherwise not have the financial resources, to use RTNN facilities for hands-on science education, cutting- edge research, or high-risk, high-reward R&D activity with the potential to facilitate disruptive technologies.

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but with a priority decision deadline of January 15, 2016. Proposals will be funded up to a maximum of $1,000 in user fees and materials expenses for a maximum six-month period from the award date.

For further information, visit our Opportunities page.

CHANL Research Scientist Position Posted

The Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory (CHANL), an RTNN user facility, is now seeking exceptional candidates for a Fabrication Research Scientist to join our team. Details and web links are below.

Research Scientist (Fabrication): https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/88708

CHANL is a shared instrumentation laboratory open to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, other institutions, government labs, and private industry. The Fabrication Scientist will assist in executing projects for off-campus users, which may involve use of multiple facilities, including CHANL and similar facilities such as the Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) at Duke University and the Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) and NCState Nanofabrication Facility (NNF) at North Carolina State University. Responsibilities will also include training new users to use equipment in CHANL and helping to maintain CHANL equipment. The Fabrication Scientist will also participate in and help coordinate educational workshops and outreach events that promote CHANL’s mission.

Applicants should have experience working in a cleanroom environment with vacuum systems and/or micro/nano fabrication equipment/processes, including deposition systems (PVD, CVD, ALD), etching (wet and dry), lithography (e-beam and photo). An aptitude for troubleshooting lab instruments. Ability to identify potential hazards in the laboratory and undertake safe work practices. Willingness to take on a wide variety of roles and able to work independently or with a diverse group of people. Excellent organizational and problem solving skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Extremely detailed oriented and self-motivated.