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Employment Opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Refractory Composites for Fusion at Oak Ridge National Lab

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to conduct research and development of refractory composite materials, with the primary focus on processing and characterization of tungsten matrix reinforced with refractory metal or ceramics fibers, potentially suitable for fusion divertor and first wall applications. This role will allow incumbent to expand knowledge of processing science of composite materials, composite fracture mechanics, and radiation resistance of the composites. This position resides in the Nuclear Structural Materials Group (NSM) in the Materials Science and Technology Division, Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  

Developing advanced materials for plasma-facing components (PFCs) is recognized as a critical need for enabling future fusion energy. The PFC must simultaneously fulfill several requirements, including high-temperature/high heat flux capability, efficient heat transfer, withstand off-normal heat loads, minimal tritium retention, resistance to neutron irradiation, and low erosion by particle bombardment. These requirements make development of PFC materials an extremely challenging task. This project will address this challenge in relation to the structural reliability of PFCs with the study of tungsten-based composites for PFC applications in magnetic fusion systems.

For more information and to apply, please visit the job posting. Questions can be directed to Dr. Yutai Katoh (katohy@ornl.gov).

Research Scientist/Post-doctoral Researcher 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 following job announcements: for the post-doctoral researcher position, for the research scientist position. In addition, interested applicants should contact Prof. Jeff Glass via email (jeff.glass@duke.edu).

Research Scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a highly motivated Research Scientist to participate and/or actively support research in the areas of x-ray scattering and cryo-magneto analysis of materials. The Research Scientist will provide comprehensive technical support and user training for equipment, procedures, and safety in the broad areas of materials microanalysis and microfabrication.

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


R&D Engineer, Cryo-TEM, Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility at Duke

Oversee the daily operation and maintenance regarding the Cryo-TEM and associated sample preparation equipment in the Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) of Duke University. Provide training, guidance and consultation to users of the Cryo-TEM and associated sample preparation equipment. Develop processes and techniques as required to meet research goals. Perform or oversee Cryo TEM sample preparation services using a Vitrobot or other cryo preparation equipment. Provide resolution of technical problems related to the Cryo TEM and associated sample prep equipment.

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


Clean Room Science & Engineering Associate, Stanford

The Stanford Nano Shared Facilities (SNSF) is seeking a Clean Room Science & Engineering Associate to support research operations within the Stanford Nanopatterning and Flexible Cleanrooms. The successful candidate will support the day-to-day operations, and maintenance of a number of fabrication and characterization instruments within the cleanrooms.  S(he) will provide training and support to researchers. The Clean Room Science & Engineering Associate will report to the Associate Director of SNSF.

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


Post-Doc at Northwestern University

NUANCE, Northwestern University’s Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center, is seeking candidates for a  Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Keck Interdisciplinary Surface Science facility (Keck-II) in the area of synthesis, characterization, and application of novel nanomaterials.

Duties of the Position: The ideal candidate will 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.


Electron Beam Lithography Manager at Stanford University

The Stanford Nano Shared Facilities (SNSF) is seeking an Electron Beam Lithography (EBL) scientist to lead the operations of the facilities’ Raith 150 EBL system, located at the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF), lead the operations of a new EBL system, as well as assist with the JEOL 6300FS EBL system, both located at SNSF.  The successful candidate will manage the day-to-day operations, and maintenance of the instruments.  S(he) will provide training and support to researchers, develop and implement advanced techniques and also be involved in planning for upgrades and new equipment. The EBL manager will report to the Associate Director of SNSF.

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


Lab Operations Engineer at Stanford University

The Stanford Nano Shared Facilities (SNSF) is seeking a Lab Operations Engineer to support research operations within the Stanford Nanopatterning Cleanroom. The successful candidate will manage the day-to-day operations, and maintenance of a number of fabrication and characterization instruments with the cleanroom.  S(he) will provide training and support to researchers, develop and implement advanced techniques and also be involved in planning for upgrades and new equipment. The Lab Operations Engineer will report to the Associate Director of SNSF.

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


Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Sandia National Lab

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

  • Postdoctoral appointee – Polymer Nanocomposites
  • Postdoctoral appointee – Materials Science
  • Postdoctoral appointee – Quantum Material Integration
  • CINT Scientist – Soft, Bio, and Composite Nanomaterials
  • Quantum Material Integration Research Scientist 
  • Quantum Materials Systems (QMS) Thrust Scientist
  • Quantum Material Integration Technologist

To view position descriptions and apply, please visit this website.


SEM Facility Manager at Northwestern University

NUANCE, Northwestern University’s Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center, is seeking candidates for a permanent SEM Facility Manager position. The SEM facility comprises a comprehensive suite of state-of-the-art instruments and serves an active and vibrant user base from Northwestern as well as external users from the greater Chicago region. The SEM Facility Manager oversees all aspects of the Scanning Electron Microscopy facility in the NUANCE Center including: equipment purchasing, upgrades and maintenance; supervision of SEM Facility staff; user training and technical support on all SEM instruments and related equipment; course development and teaching of laboratory components of SEM related courses; development of new analytical techniques and capabilities; providing analytical services for both internal NU and external industrial clients; conducting facility tours and demonstrations. In addition, this position has primary technical responsibility for the dual-beam Focused Ion Beam (FIB) instrument and assists in sample preparation for all electron microscopy, including Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The successful candidate will work closely with Northwestern’s Materials Science and Engineering department.

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


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.


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.


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. The current call for proposals has a June 28, 2019 deadline. More information can be found here.


Awards

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.