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Postdoctoral Research Scholar

The Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join a multidisciplinary research team focused on innovative nano-based solutions for resource recovery. The position is part of a newly formed Game Changing Research Initiative Program (GRIP) at NC State titled Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology. The broad initiative seeks to develop new materials, membranes, and separation processes to more efficiently produce drinking water from seawater (desalination), reclaim clean water from wastewater and locally impaired sources (wastewater treatment and point-of-use treatment), and to recover contaminants of value from water (resource recovery).

The postdoctoral researcher will work on the topic of chemical separation for resource recovery, with an initial focus on phosphorous. The primary experimental work involves developing and applying methodologies for evaluating the efficacy of nano-sorbents developed within the team. The postdoctoral researcher will work in the Environmental Engineering research laboratories and collaborate with students and faculty from a variety of disciplines including materials science, chemical engineering, textile engineering, and forest biomaterials. Specific duties include: 1) performing lab-scale sorption tests using a variety of commercially available and newly synthesized nano-sorbents, 2) characterizing nano-sorbents, 3) contributing to a separate research effort on the effects of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) on buried infrastructure, 4) assisting with maintenance and calibration of analytical equipment to determine phosphorous and VOC concentrations, 5) mentoring undergraduate students working on related topics, and 6) assisting in the development of proposals.

Apply here: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/80822

Student Opportunities

Science outside the Lab

 “Science Outside the Lab” brings a small cohort of graduate student scientists and engineers to Washington, D.C. to explore the relationships among science, innovation, policy, and societal outcomes. This customized free one week version (June 4-10, 2017), sponsored by the Nanotechnology Collaborative Infrastructure Southwest (NCI-SW), will investigate the context of nanotechnology decision-making in government and business at the local, state, federal, and international levels. During the week-long workshop participants meet and interact with groups of people who fund, regulate, shape, critique, publicize, and study nanotechnology and other emerging technologies. This includes people like congressional staffers, lobbyists, funding agency officers, regulators, journalists, academics, museum curators, and others.

To apply to the program, complete this application and email as an attachment to CENTSS@asu.edu or fax to (480-727-8791). Application deadline: March 10, 2017. For more information, please contact Andra Williams at andra.williams@asu.edu

Graduate Student Staff (Peer-to-Peer Network)

The RTNN will be setting up a Peer-to-Peer Network Graduate Student Staff program. Graduate Student Staff will work with distance-use students to run samples and communicate through a real-time visual web link (e.g., Skype, WebEx) with a mail exchange of samples. Graduate student staff will be supported with a stipend supplement. Check back for more information and specific opportunities.

Undergraduate research positions in
nanotechnology-based water treatment

The Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at NC State is looking for up to two motivated and enthusiastic undergraduate lab assistants with engineering or science backgrounds. These positions are part of a newly funded Game Changing Research Initiative Program (GRIP)  at NC State focused on Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology.  The students will work on either one or both of the following: 1) experimental testing of nano-scale sorbents to recover resources (including the nutrient phosphorous) from synthetic and real wastewater and 2) conducting a literature review of nano-based water treatment methods and nano-sorbents for phosphorous removal. The students will be advised by both Drs. Douglas Call (dfcall@ncsu.edu) and Detlef Knappe (knappe@ncsu.edu) and will work closely with a postdoctoral research associate in the lab.

For more information and to apply: https://goo.gl/forms/rTSldoY5q0uz9OIX2

Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (RTNN REU+)

The inaugural summer of our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU+) program was in 2016. Students will participate in nanotechnology-related research at one of the RTNN partner universities with follow-on at students’ home institutions in the year following the summer program. Visit our REU page for more information and applications.

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RTNN Free-Use of Facilities

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 Free-Use of Facilities page for more information and an application form. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis with two priority deadlines per year.