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Undergraduate Student Worker, Center Support, NC State

We are currently seeking undergraduate candidates for new positions that support Center-level research programming efforts including those of the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN) and beyond. The RTNN (www.rtnn.org) is a partnership between the nanotechnology core facilities at NC State, Duke, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The aspirational vision of the RTNN is to identify and respond to emerging nanotechnology infrastructure needs that will enable researchers to address societal grand challenges of the next decade, using our facilities as a focal point for discussion and convergence of academic disciplines, industries, the public and private sector, and individuals.

Selected students will engage with faculty and staff at multiple institutions and become part of an innovative and enthusiastic team. Potential responsibilities and duties include coordinating and implementing education and outreach activities, disseminating Center materials to various stakeholder groups, maintaining Center resources (e.g., digital library, presentations, publications, correspondences, promotional materials), collecting and collating data from Center participants (e.g., patents, publications), supporting Center events (e.g., workshops), assisting with content identification and development for Center communications (e.g., website, newsletter, social media), and completing other required tasks as needed by Center leadership. This support will be critical to the success of the Center. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript to rtnanonetwork@ncsu.edu with “Undergraduate Position, Center Program Support” in the subject line. Questions regarding the position can also be directed to this address. Applications will be reviewed upon submission.

Business Officer, Science and Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability Center (STEPS), NC State

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

Microscopy Lab Assistant, Kemet

Responsibilities of the Microscopy Lab Assistant will include sample preparation for different microscopic characterization techniques and analysis of samples utilizing various characterization techniques such as light, SEM, EDS etc. Other duties as assigned.

A successful candidate must have hands on experience with different microscopy techniques (light, SEM, EDS) and sample preparation. It is imperative that this candidate be detail oriented and thorough with analysis. Ability to work both independently and as a team with little supervision. Must have excellent communication skills, be self-motivated and energetic/creative in problem solving.

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

Sr Microscopy Engineer – Failure Analysis, Seagate

Position responsibilities include:

  • Develop failure analysis plans, analyzing results, and summarizing root cause understanding.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders in the Seagate R&D organizations on analysis & characterization projects.
  • Learn, prepare, characterize, and analyze materials and devices using microscopy or other lab tools (FIB, SEM, TEM, optical imaging, etc.) with a focus in the FIB area first.
  • Evaluate and test magnetic recording devices.
  • Perform various levels of designing, developing, adjusting, repairing, calibrating, and testing lab fixtures / equipment.
  • Work with lab equipment vendors to keep the tools in good working conditions.
  • Record, analyze, and document data and lab work procedures.
  • Collaborate with internal requesters to get their analysis work done in some external labs when the metrology is not readily available internally

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

Research Scientist, Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois

The Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is seeking to hire 2 highly motivated Research Scientists to work in its cleanroom and nanofabrication shared instrumentation core facilities. The Research Scientists will serve as members of the MRL Central Research Facilities staff with a focus on device fabrication and processing, thin film deposition and vacuum technology, etching, optical and electron beam lithography under cleanroom environment, and will engage in training, support, and collaboration with various local and regional users on active research projects.

The successful candidates will become members of the dedicated staff of approximately 20 scientists and engineers, who maintain major research instruments in the MRL’s core facilities for nanofabrication facilities including two cleanrooms in addition to characterization facilities for electron microscopy, soft materials characterization, scanning probe microscopy, laser and optical spectroscopy, surface analysis, and x-ray scattering.  Approximately 1,000 researchers from across our campus as well as other academic institutions, industry, and national laboratories use the facilities, logging more than 80,000 user hours annually. The lab is recognized as one of the premier mid-sized user facilities in the nation. For details, please visit the website: https://mrl.illinois.edu/facilities.

To learn more and apply, please visit the job posting.

Project Manager, CHASE, UNC-Chapel Hill

The Center for Hybrid Approaches in Solar Energy to Liquid Fuels (CHASE),  is seeking a Ph.D. chemist for a Research Project Manager position. CHASE is a multi-million-dollar Energy Innovation Hub funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, and headquartered in the Chemistry Department at UNC Chapel Hill with research partners at Yale University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University of Pennsylvania, North Carolina State University, and Emory University. This position will manage research collaborations in the field of solar fuels research, communicate CHASE scientific accomplishments to senior stakeholders in academia, government and industry, and manage translational research initiatives for the Hub.

This opportunity requires experience in organizational and interpersonal skills, leadership, and a commitment to diversity, inclusivity and collegiality. This position will function with substantial independence and requires scientific expertise, leadership, independent decision-making, and the ability to develop and manage new research collaborations and projects. Extensive interaction with the 120+ researchers across the Center is expected, and the Research Project Manager will be responsible for closely engaging with the portfolio of CHASE research to enable collaborations, initiate new partnerships and communicate research accomplishments.

This position will manage CHASE Scientific and Technical Communications, and apply scientific expertise to write technical content and communicate CHASE scientific research advances to technical and non-technical audiences including sponsors, policymakers, academic leaders, and the public through a range of electronic, print and web media formats. The position will manage scientific conferences, outreach programs, and develop scientific and programmatic content to present and promote energy research to external scientific communities.

This position will engage with CHASE researchers from an intellectual property perspective, identify technologies for patent protection, and interface with technology transfer offices at UNC and our partner institutions to seek commercialization opportunities and partnerships. This opportunity will initiate and manage research collaborations with faculty and researchers, both within CHASE and externally, in support of translational research and development, with the goal of accelerating scientific breakthroughs for the realization of liquid solar fuels.

To learn more and apply, visit the job posting.

Multiple Positions, Tunoptix

Tunoptix is a fast-growing startup focused on revolutionizing the way optical systems are conceptualized, designed, and manufactured using nanotechnology and semiconductor processing. We combine semiconductor-defined meta-optics with advanced, AI-based image processing and proprietary design techniques to enable next-generation cameras. Tunoptix products will expand possibilities in the fields of machine vision, consumer electronics, medical endoscopy, 3D imaging, and hyperspectral imaging.

We currently have 3 open positions: AI Consultant – Computer Vision, Senior Software Developer – Full Stack, and Optical Test Engineer. If interested, please contact John.Fijol@ipgroup-inc.com.

Graduate Research Assistant, Post-doctoral Fellow: The IEN Center for Human-Centric Interfaces and Engineering, Georgia Tech, Yeo Research Group


  • Ph.D. in electrical engineering or mechanical engineering with previous research experience in flexible electronics.
  • Expertise: sensor fabrication, circuit design, signal processing, and machine learning.
  • US citizenship – preferred
  • Strong publication record

Job description:

  • Material integration and soft packaging
  • Sensor and electronics design and development
  • Wireless communication system development
  • Signal processing and analysis

If interested in any of these positions, please e-mail your application to Dr. Yeo (whyeo@gatech.edu). Please include a cover letter, full CV, summary of research, and contact information of three reference.

Principal Scientist, Analytical Research Leader, NCASI

Seeking an experienced professional to serve as a Principal Scientist, Analytical
Research Leader at the Newberry Office and Laboratories. Successful candidates will possess
a strong background in environmental chemistry including organic, inorganic, and analytical
chemistry. You will be the organization’s primary resources for methods development and
analytical testing in support of the NCASI Mission, and will ensure smooth operation of the
NCASI analytical laboratories. The laboratory encompasses 3,600 square feet and contains
state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation and equipment. Instrumentation located at this
laboratory includes two Seal AutoAnalyzer3s, one Agilent UV-VIS spectrometer, three Agilent
GC/MSs, three Agilent GCs, one Agilent HPLC, one ThermoScientific LC/MS/MS, and two
Dionex Ion Chromatographs.

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

STEM Program Specialist at HItachi

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Program Coordinator (STEM PC) has a primary function of supporting the global advancement of the  Hitachi High-Tech America’s (HTA) Inspire STEM Education Outreach Program (STEM-EOP) initiative..  The STEM PC position has responsibility for leading the day-to-day program operations.  These include supporting events and outreaches, monitoring & reporting on project milestones, and creating official project records.  The STEM-PC also maintains and updates social/digital media and the STEM-EP calendar.  This position will require the STEM PC to, in person or virtually install, track, remove, and deliver the Tabletop Microscope (TM)  from multiple locations as directed.  The STEM PC also provides educational training on the microscope usage as needed.   

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

Post-doctoral Research Associate, Advanced Electron Microscopy, Northwestern NUANCE Facility

A postdoctoral research associate position is immediately available at Northwestern University
in the area of advanced applications of in-situ and aberration-corrected S/TEM on various
materials systems including all-solid-state batteries, catalysts, organic perovskite solar cells, and
metal–organic frameworks. The candidate will perform research on the degradation/evolution
process of these materials under different stimuli and environments utilizing advanced S/TEMs
equipped with in-situ K2/K3 direct electron detectors. The candidate will also collaborate with
Nano-Fabrication Facility (NUFAB) team to design and fabricate customized chips used in
operando S/TEM experiments.

More information about the position is available here. To apply, please email CV, research statement (2-3 pages), and three academic reference letters to: nuance@northwestern.edu

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).

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.

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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.