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Employment Opportunities

Engineer and Scientist Positions at SWIR Vision Systems

SWIR Vision Systems, a fast-growing startup in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina is now seeking new engineers/scientists to join their team. SWIR Vision Systems has pioneered a new class of short wavelength infrared (SWIR) cameras and sells these high value cameras into the global industrial machine vision, security, surveillance, and other markets, enabling customers to see, and discover more. Contact SWIR Vision Systems (careers@swirvisionsystems.com) today to discuss available job opportunities.

EPIC SEM Assistant Laboratory Manager – Northwestern University

The EPIC (Electron Probe Instrumentation Center) facility includes five SEMs (EDS, WDS, EBSD, lithography systems), four TEMs, two dual-beam FIBs, and 20+ sample preparation instruments. The SEM Assistant Lab Manager is primarily responsible for safety, training, technical assistance and operational management of the electron microscopy and Sample Preparation Facility (SPF) sputter coating, ion-beam thinning, ion polishing, plasma cleaning, metallography, etching, cutting, grinding, electro-polishing, etc. technical operations. Focus is on providing technical, IT and project collaborative support to users, maintaining the facility and instruments, and performing sample preparation, imaging and analysis for facility users.

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

Permanent Equipment Engineer Position | NUANCE Center – NUFAB Facility, Northwestern University

Northwestern University Micro/Nano Fabrication Facility (NUFAB) is seeking qualified and motivated applicants to work in our state-of-the-art 7000 ft2 class-100 cleanroom facility. As a member of the Soft and Hybrid Nanoscale Experimental (SHyNE) Resource, a node of the NSF’s National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) and Northwestern’s recent recruitment of world-renowned microfabrication faculty, NUFAB is going through a phenomenal growth phase. Under direction of Northwestern’s Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization and Experimental (NUANCE) Center and in close association with the Simpson Querrey Institute (SQI) and The International Institute of Nanotechnology (IIN), NUFAB expects to continue to lead the Midwest region in micro- and nanofabrication discoveries and development. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to develop professionally and contribute in many ways, including: maintaining newly acquired microfabrication equipment and qualifying processes on it, equipment troubleshooting and repair, training and assisting graduate students, post-docs, and external users of the facility, and interacting with the NUFAB staff and faculty. This position is for two years with possibility for indefinite renewal based on mutual satisfaction and discretion of faculty director. The permanent position will provide the opportunity to develop a career path at Northwestern University with a position that will enable contributing to equipment grant proposals.

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

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Northwestern University

The Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental (NUANCE) Center is seeking a postdoctoral research associate for immediate hire. The ideal candidate will conduct the independent research work; will have opportunities to collaborate with many excellent research groups in the department of Material Science and Engineering, Chemistry and other fields. The ideal candidate will also endeavor to develop informed and well‐trained user base in advanced surface science analysis and characterization instruments; will participate in user training, hands‐on technical assistance, development of professional and short‐courses, and overall facility development to increase the visibility and utilization of the XPS, ToF‐SIMS, and related instruments to enhance scholarly activities.

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

Postdoctoral Research Associate | NUANCE Center – SPID Facility Northwestern University

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is immediately available at Northwestern University in the area of “Scanning probe microscopy and its advanced applications”. Duties of the Position: The ideal candidate will conduct the independent research work; will have opportunities to work in a highly dynamic, multidisciplinary research environment including faculty at Northwestern University and other academic institutions. Some of the preferred research areas include photovoltaics, advanced Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) applications in quantum, nanomechanics of soft materials and structures and 2D materials.

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

Postdoctoral Research Associates, Advanced Electron Microscopy at Northwestern University

Postdoctoral research associate positions are immediately available at Northwestern University in the area of development and applications of aberration corrected TEM and/or in-situ TEM on various emerging material systems including all-solid-state batteries, catalysts, organic perovskite solar cells and metal–organic framework. The candidate will mainly perform research work on the degradation/evolution process of above materials under different stimuli and environments based on various advanced S/TEMs equipped with direct electron detectors and various in-situ specimen stages.

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

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with other facility staff and users to develop, characterize, document and report nanofabrication processes within the user facility.
  • Work directly with local researchers, including university staff and students as well as industrial users, to support their nanofabrication research needs through process development, as well as equipment and processing training and support. 
  • Assume primary responsibility for several pieces of complex equipment used in nanofabrication, including but not limited to photolithography, dry etching, thin-film deposition, Back-End-Of-Line (BEOL), and inspection and analysis. Responsibilities of tool ownership include preventative maintenance, system documentation and training, and user support. 

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

Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Sandia National Lab

Multiple positions are currently available in the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) including:

  • Low-Dimensional Materials Research Postdoc
  • Postdoctoral appointee – Advanced Nanomechanical Testing
  • Nanomaterials Chemist Postdoc
  • Postdoctoral appointee – Materials Science
  • Postdoctoral appointee – Experimental Terahertz Biophysics
  • Quantum Material Integration Postdoctoral Research Associate 

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.

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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.