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X-ray Microscope (XRM) Postdoctoral Researcher, NC State University

NC State’s Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) seeks a talented and industrious experimentalist to join our team as an X-ray Microscope (XRM) Postdoctoral Researcher. The AIF is NC State’s primary shared facility for materials characterization with a mission to enable and lead state-of-the-art research through acquisition, development, maintenance, training, and access to major analytical and materials characterization instrumentation.

Select Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Train internal NC State users and external academic, government, and industrial users on operation of the X-ray microscope and CT instrument and the analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Provide technical advice to researchers studying a variety of material classes and collaborate with researchers on analyzing, interpreting, and visualizing the data.
  • Perform X-ray microscopy services and analysis of data using the Zeiss Xradia 510 and the Bruker SkyScan 1174 instruments.
  • Design, schedule, and execute at least 4 workshops and/or user short courses each year that inform users of established and emerging instrument techniques and data quantification methods to improve the quality of education and research at the University.

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

Cryo-EM Facility Team Leader, Duke University

The Cryo-EM Facility Team Leader will manage and oversee the operation of Duke University’s expanding, state-of-the-art cryo-electron microscopy facility. The facility contains a Titan Krios microscope equipped with Falcon3 and K3 detectors, and an energy filter for research that includes single particle EM and cryo-electron tomography. The Cryo-EM Facility Team Leader will be responsible for managing the daily operation and maintenance of the Cryo-TEM instrument(s) and associated sample preparation equipment in the Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) of Duke University. The team leader will work with the research community to provide training, guidance and consultation to users of the Cryo-TEM and associated sample preparation equipment to produce world-class results, and will work with our computing team to ensure a seamless interface between data collection and data processing.

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

TEM Engineer, EAG Laboratories

EAG Laboratories is a world leader as an analytical services provider.  EAG specializes in Microscopy, Surface Analysis and Semiconductor Testing services for a wide range of industries including; Semiconductors, lighting, solar, energy storage, defense, image sensors, polymers, catalysts and others.  We are looking for an independent problem-solver for our TEM laboratory in Sunnyvale, CA. Ideal candidate will have a PhD in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or relevant scientific field, at least 3 years of significant hands on experience using a TEM to characterize hard materials and have familiarity with FEI Tecnai TEM/STEM, Oxford/Bruker EDS, Gatan EELS, Digital Micrograph. Knowledge of semiconductor devices and familiarity with aberration-correction TEM is a plus. Note the work schedule for this position is Sunday-Thursday from 3:00pm to 12:00am.

Please contact Dr. Houston Dycus (HoustonDycus@eurofinseag.com) or visit the job posting to learn more about the position and how to apply.

Thin Film Process Engineer, Cornell University

The responsibilities of this position at the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility (CNF) include oversight of a number of thin film processing instruments including maintaining and improving their functionality and support users from application through microfabrication. The position entails process development, material characterization, process monitoring, process implementation, user training/support and the advancement of equipment and user research projects across the nanotechnology spectrum. The Thin Film Process and Tool Engineer is expected to recommend, develop and implement next generation advancement in support of technology; enhancing nanotechnology equipment, materials, processes and expertise available to CNF users.

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 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.

Epitaxial Growth Group – Intel

The epitaxial growth group at Intel’s premier R&D facility is looking for talented individuals for two positions in column IV process development. Responsibilities would include fab epitaxial equipment development, co-optimization of process and hardware for composition, strain, thickness uniformity, microstructure and electrical properties. The position entails working in groups including process engineers owning steps before and after epitaxial processing, device and integration. Access to Intel’s lab facilities for out-of-fab process characterization opens a door to rapid data turns on large sample sets to quickly survey a process space for evaluating suitability for device performance improvements. A successful candidate would have experience in materials processing and characterization. Past successful candidates have had expertise in epitaxy of semiconductors or complex oxides. Expertise in XRD/XRR, SIMS and TEM data interpretation is desired. Electrical and optical characterization techniques are a plus.

To discuss the opportunity further, contact Glenn Glass at Glenn.Glass@intel.com

Equipment Manager – Washington Nanofabrication Lab

The University of Washington currently has an opening for an Equipment Manager at the Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF). The Equipment Manager will be responsible for the development and support of facility user projects, nanofabrication process development, and overseeing equipment maintenance and support.

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.

Equipment Service Engineer – Washington Nanofabrication Facility

The University of Washington currently has an opening for an Equipment Service Engineer at the Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF). The Equipment Service Engineer will be responsible for equipment trouble shooting and baseline process monitoring, executing contract manufacturing efforts, as well as facilities infrastructure monitoring and support. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with other facility staff and users to identify tool operation issues and address those issues in a timely manner with proper maintenance, repair and troubleshooting. 
  • Characterize and calibrate tool performance using OEM Best Known Methods (BKMs) and process periodically with Statistical Process Controls (SPC). 
  • Assist in new tool facilitation and commissioning and develop calibration and preventative maintenance schedules for tools and peripherals.

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

Research Scientist at Duke University

The Coded Aperture Miniature Mass Spectrometer program within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University is looking to hire a research scientist or postdoctoral researcher. The group’s work involves combining computational and compressive sensing techniques with microfabricated components to improve performance of miniature instruments. The position will involve designing, simulating, building, and testing cycloidal mass spectrometers, including the subcomponents therein, for several different applications. Experience in one or more of the following skills is highly desirable:

  • Charged particle simulation in OPERA FEA, COMSOL, and/or Simion
  • Programming experience in python and/or java
  • Circuit board layout
  • Integration and operation of complex instruments

To learn more and apply please visit the job posting. In addition, interested applicants should contact Prof. Jeff Glass via email (jeff.glass@duke.edu).

Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Sandia National Lab

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

  • Project-Program Director & Co-Director for CINT
  • CINT Scientist – Soft, Bio, and Composite Nanomaterials
  • Postdoctoral appointee – Nanomaterials Chemist
  • Postdoctoral appointee – Materials Science
  • Postdoctoral appointee – Biophysics
  • Postdoctoral appointee – Experimental Terahertz Biophysics
  • Postdoctoral Appointee – Quantum Information and Quantum Sensing
  • 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. The current call for proposals has a June 28, 2019 deadline. 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.

Surface Mount technology Association (SMTA) Grant and scholarship

SMTA awards student members each year for demonstrated technical and leadership merit:

$5000 Charles Hutchins Educational Grant
For technical merit of graduate-level students (paper required)

$3000 JoAnn Stromberg Leadership Scholarship
For demonstrated leadership skills

Applications for these funds are due April 26, 2019. Eligibility for awards can be reviewed in the links above.