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TEM Specialist, Virginia Tech

The position involves: (a) operation of TEM and SEM instruments, (b) support of TEM and SEM data analysis, (c) sample preparation and management, (d) participation in education and outreach activities, and (e) implementation of directed pilot projects, for mainly external users of the Virginia Tech National Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NanoEarth) under the direct supervision of the NanoEarth Director. NanoEarth is housed in Virginia Tech’s Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory (NCFL). The main requirement of this position is electron microscopy operation, but practical research/service experience in powder X-ray diffractometry is helpful.

Day to day activities related to TEM operation may include: 1) interacting with internal and external users to understand the objectives of their work, scheduling suitable sample preparation and training, and coordinating necessary instrument/staff time; 2) managing day-to-day maintenance support of instruments, calibrating the instruments and keeping them in good functioning condition, arranging the purchase of consumable supplies, and being first responder for hardware problems; and 3) maintenance and supervision of related shared data analysis computers including, but not limited to, operating system updates, anti-virus updates, file maintenance.

For more information and to apply, please see the job posting.

Post-doctoral Research Associate, Northwestern University Micro/Nano Fabrication Facility (NUFAB)

The post-doctoral researcher will conduct the independent research work and involve in proposal
writing for designing and fabrication of lab-on-a-chip micro/nano fluidic devices for in- situ electron
microscopy experiments. The candidate will be responsible for designing free standing liquid cell
nanofluidic devices which will be used in TEM and/or SEM experiments for studying fundamental
concepts such as nanoparticle self-assembly dynamics, fluid flow and mixing. The ideal candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with many excellent research groups in the department of Material Science and Engineering, Chemistry and other fields.

More information about the position is available here. To apply, please email resume to: nufab@northwestern.edu

Staff Engineer II, Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

The Staff Engineer II will provide support for research and coursework in the cleanroom for the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) at Vanderbilt University. The Staff Engineer will play a critical role in VINSE’s efforts to support research across a broad range of technical disciplines and interests, to advance undergraduate education, and to expand outreach activities with schools and other community groups. Reporting directly to the cleanroom manager, the Staff Engineer II will work closely with the director, deputy director, and technical staff. 

For more information and to apply, please see the job posting.

Materials Characterization Specialist at the Materials Characterization Laboratory (MCL), Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science is seeking qualified applicants to fill the position of Materials Characterization Specialist. The position is housed in Materials Characterization Laboratory (MCL), which is a university-wide user facility dedicated to materials characterization, and reports to the MCL’s Core Facility Research Manager. The equipment housed in the MCL is available for education and scientific experiments in undergraduate, graduate, and research programs.

The Materials Characterization Specialist participates in the day-to-day operations of the MCL facility in support of research in all materials-related fields. As a core part of these responsibilities, the position is responsible for operations, maintenance (troubleshooting/repairing) and training related to instruments and equipment housed in the MCL. In addition, the position diagnoses and resolves equipment and instrument problems and calibrates equipment while also performing demonstrations and training for students and faculty on the proper operation of equipment in the MCL. Implementing and monitoring safety procedures and SOPs, quality control procedures and consistency across experiments is also a large part of the position’s responsibilities. The position aids students, post-doctoral researchers, faculty, and external collaborators in the execution of specific jobs for materials research projects and may design and fabricate equipment needed for materials characterization.

The successful candidate will have a strong attention to detail as well as time management and organization skills.

For more information and to apply, please see the job posting.

TEM Instrument Specialist at the Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory (NCFL), Virginia Tech

The position responsibilities include: (a) operating transmission electron microscope (TEM) instruments, (b) providing basic operation training, (c) supporting TEM data analysis, (d) supporting/training users with sample preparation and overseeing associated sample preparation equipment, and (e) participating in outreach and teaching activities for internal and external users of Virginia Tech’s Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory (NCFL). The outreach activities are in collaboration with the VT’s NSF funded national center, National Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NanoEarth).

For more information and to apply, please see the job posting.

ECE Faculty & Micro/Nano Technology Center Director, University of Louisville

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Louisville invites applications and nominations for an associate or full professor faculty position. Candidates are expected to have outstanding academic credentials; a demonstrated commitment to excellence in research in the field of nanotechnology, microtechnology, MEMS, electronics or other closely-related discipline; excellent teaching, communication and team skills; and the interest, experience and ability to serve as faculty director of our $30M Micro/Nano Technology Center (MNTC), which is part of the prestigious NSF NNCI national nanotechnology network. The successful candidate will also serve as associate director of our NSF KY Multiscale NNCI site (www.kymultiscale.net), with the expectation to lead the University’s proposal for renewal in 2025. An earned doctorate in electrical or computer engineering or a closely related field is required. The ECE Department provides instruction at the bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. levels, with areas of specialty including robotics, nanotechnology, MEMS, electronics, electro-optics, computer vision and image processing, medical imaging, communication systems, intelligent control, and computational intelligence.  Although ECE will be the primary home department for the successful applicant, this position encourages crossing traditional academic boundaries to engage interested faculty from our other engineering departments at the Speed School of Engineering, as well as related units in Arts & Science and the Medical School.

For more information and to apply, please see the full job description.

Post-doc at Minnesota Nano Center

The Minnesota Nano Center, in coordination with the Koester NanoDevice Research Lab, is seeking a postdoctoral candidate in the area of quantum device processing and fabrication.  The position will involve two main roles.  The first role is to develop processes using a newly acquired AJA ultra-high-vacuum deposition system, with a key focus on superconducting materials and qubits.  The second role is to develop processes for assembly of high-purity 2D material heterostructures for use in quantum device research.  A candidate with a Ph.D. and strong background in nanofabrication, solid-state physics and quantum physics is desirable. The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The preferred start date is September, 2021 and could be sooner. The duration is two years, with a possibility of extending to a third year depending on funding and performance.

Candidates should send a curriculum vitae, list of publications, short description of research interests, and names and contact information for three references to Steven Koester (skoester@umn.edu).

Field Sales Manager, Protochips

This position is responsible for the promotion and sale of Protochips products in the United States, or some specific subset thereof. This position drives sales activity directly in the territory using technical, organizational, and customer knowledge to influence customers and assist them in the selection of products/services solutions to best satisfy their needs resulting in revenue generation for Protochips. It is expected that input and activity from this position funds various aspects of marketing, market planning, and technical development of products and services. 

For more information, please see this job description.

Device Processing Engineer-Technician at Kyma Technologies

Kyma Technologies is a cutting-edge and fast-paced semiconductor materials company working on GaN and Ga2O3-based electronic and optoelectronic devices. We are currently looking for a Process Engineer to fabricate and test custom devices.

Kyma has processing and characterization equipment in-house, as well as access to cleanroom fabrication facilities at Duke University’s Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) and other local facilities. 

Qualified candidates must have impeccable verbal and written communication skills, a strong ability to multi-task and a friendly demeanor. Candidates must be detail oriented, reliable, and self-motivated to contribute at a high level to driving sustainable growth of the company.

For more information and to apply, please visit the job posting.

Associate Director, Neuroscience Microscopy Service Center – Stanford

The Cell Sciences Imaging Facility (CSIF) seeks an Associate Director of Advanced Neuroscience Imaging for its Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Microscopy Service. The CSIF is a university-wide imaging center that provides high resolution, state-of-the-art imaging technologies and visualization-analysis software for multidimensional analysis of cells and tissue. The facility operates 3 interdependent microscopy facilities on Stanford University’s campus: the Beckman Center CSIF, The Shriram Center CSIF, and the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Microscopy Service.

The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Microscopy Service (NMS) Associate Director will be responsible for the strategic planning and execution of the NMS’s long-range objectives as well as providing day-to-day operations.  This is a fast paced, multi-faceted position for an accomplished microscopist-neuroscientist who seeks to operate and develop an advanced neuro-focused microscopy user facility.  Primary users will be researchers from the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute.

For more information and to apply, please visit the job posting.

Director of Operations, SHyNE Resourcer NUANCE Center – Northwestern University

NUANCE, Northwestern University’s Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center, is seeking candidates for a permanent Director of Operations for SHyNE Resource, a 10-year, $10.5M NSF facilities program. NUANCE manages over 100 characterization, analysis and fabrication instruments in service to nearly 1000 unique Users from 145 faculty groups in 35 departments across Northwestern.

The preferred candidate will have demonstrated expertise in advanced fabrication, characterization, and analysis techniques/skills and have demonstrated the ability to facilitate laboratory sessions for hands-on course and curricula related to conventional and advanced electron microscopy. The candidate will be capable of using software for simulation, modeling and tomographic reconstruction, as well as other software-related advanced imaging/spectroscopy analysis. The successful candidate will be customer-oriented and demonstrate the ability to design experiments and research programs to solve innovative problems in atomic and nanoscale analysis and characterization.

For more information and to apply, please visit the job posting.

Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Sandia National Lab

Positions are frequently available in the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT). To view position descriptions and apply, please visit this website.

Student Opportunities

RTNN Student Ambassadors Program

The RTNN ambassadors program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from NC State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The purpose of the program is to engage students in the RTNN’s mission to build the user base. These students will represent the RTNN to visitors and program participants, increase awareness of the RTNN, and extend outreach capabilities. Ambassadors will have the opportunity to meet a variety of facility users and guests, network with other RTNN ambassadors, and actively participate in the planning and implementation of RTNN programming and events. To learn more and apply for the program, please visit the Student Ambassadors page.

NNCI Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Programs

There are several REU programs focused on nanotechnology at NNCI sites across the country. Please visit the NNCI REU Page to learn more.

Free Facility Access

RTNN Kickstarter Program

In order to further our mission to serve as a hub of cutting-edge nanotechnology innovation and education, the RTNN has established a means to allow members of the nanotechnology and greater scientific communities, who would otherwise not have the financial resources, to use RTNN facilities. Visit our Kickstarter page for more information and an application form. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis with two priority deadlines per year.

Rapid Turnaround Experiments Program

The Rapid Turnaround Experiment (RTE) program through the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) at Idaho National Laboratory is now accepting proposals.  The PULSTAR Reactor Laboratory at North Carolina State University is pleased to be an NSUF partner institution and, as such, is available to perform Rapid Turnaround Experiment funded analyses for internal and external users.

Through the peer-reviewed RTE application process, NSUF provides external research teams with cost-free access to reactor, post-irradiation examination (PIE) and beam-line capabilities at INL and a diverse mix of affiliated partner institutions at universities, national laboratories and industry facilities located across the country. More information can be found here.


RTNN Awards

The RTNN awards serve to recognize researchers conducting collaborative research across the network as well as students who have devoted their time and energy to education and outreach activities. Visit the RTNN awards page for more information.