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TEM Laboratory manager at NC State’s analytical instrumentation facility

North Carolina State University invites applications for a Transmission Electron Microscopist to oversee its transmission electron microscopy (TEM) facilities within the NC State Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF). The AIF supports a wide variety of physical sciences research and education programs at NC State and within the Research Triangle Region. The position will have primary responsibility for management and operation of the TEM facilities in the AIF, which currently houses a probe-corrected and monochromated FEI Titan G2 STEM/TEM, an Thermo Fisher Scientific Talos F200X Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (S/TEM), and a JEOL 2000FX TEM and auxiliary equipment, including energy dispersive x-ray spectrometers, a range of in situ holders, electron energy loss spectrometers, CCD cameras and an extensive sample preparation laboratory. The Laboratory Manager will oversee the training, maintenance/calibration, educational, outreach and user-base development activities of the TEM facility and will assist users in performing advanced microscopy, when needed.

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

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.

TEM Facility Manager at Northwestern University

NUANCE, Northwestern University’s Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center, is seeking candidates for a permanent Senior Research Associate position to oversee research, collaboration and training related to Scanning-Transmission and Transmission Electron Microscopy (S/TEM) facilities. The successful candidate will be eligible for election to research faculty with Northwestern’s Materials Science and Engineering department.

The selected candidate will be responsible for training and assisting users on conventional and advanced Scanning-Transmission and Transmission Electron Microscopy (S/TEM), facilitating laboratory sessions for microscopy courses, and conducting analysis and characterization using advanced electron microscopes. The selected candidate will regularly operate conventional and advanced S/TEM analysis, consult and collaborate with users on experiment design & research in electron microscopy, sample preparation and general lab equipment. There are ample opportunities for independent and collaborative research utilizing advanced S/TEM. With the recent installation of an advanced aberration-corrected S/TEM instrument, prior experience with AC-S/TEM is desirable, but not required.

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

Post Doc Research Position in Micro/Nano/Additive Manufacturing at the University of louisville

The NSF NNCI KY Multiscale site at the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering is seeking a postdoctoral applicant interested in research involving MEMS, nanotechnology and additive manufacturing. The candidate will train and serve as the lead on several exciting research initiatives under the supervision and direction of Dr. Kevin Walsh. One initiative will involve the use of glancing angle deposition (GLAD) to produce large arrays of active devices. Another initiative will involve the design and implementation of an advanced manufacturing system for integrating micro/nanotechnology devices and elements into additive manufactured parts and structures. The candidate will also work with the cleanroom staff to develop new educational modules for a condensed microfab experience for external users. It is also likely that the new hire will serve as a technical resource from time to time for other ongoing research projects at our NNCI site. We are seeking an independent, dedicated, hard-working individual with an appropriate background in microfabrication, nanotechnology and MEMS, plus the motivation to become skilled in the areas of additive manufacturing and 3D printing. Excellent communication, teamwork and organizational skills are essential.

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

Advanced Metrology Engineer at 3M

The person hired for the position of Advanced Metrology Engineer will provide analytical measurements and analysis of films and components used in optical and electrical products for consumer electronics assemblies.  The primary equipment will include an FIB-SEM (Focused Ion Beam / Scanning Electron Microscope), an AFM (Atomic Force Microscope), and other standard metrology instruments.  This position will support projects that positively impact product development, performance, and quality.  It is expected that the person in this position will work closely with cross-functional team to develop test methods, conduct measurement on complex nanoscale samples, analysis data, and present and report the results. It is also expected that the person in this position will set up and maintain the instrument.

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

Bio Electron Microscopy Staff Scientist at NC State’s analytical instrumentation facility

The Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) at NC State is seeking an expert staff scientist to lead its efforts in biological electron microscopy and associated sample preparation techniques. AIF has recently installed a Talos G2 S/TEM with low-temperature imaging capabilities to complement its current cryo-SEM and other analytical tools. Concurrently, the AIF is working to add other key sample preparation equipment, including freeze fracture and high pressure freezing. The staff scientist will develop workshops and train users on topics of biological sample preparation and imaging and spend dedicated time performing collaborative research within the multi-disciplinary Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation under the direction of Dr. Candace Haigler.

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

Clean Room Manager at UNC-Charlotte

UNC-Charlotte’s Department of Electrical and Computer engineering is seeking a candidates for the position of Lecturer/Lab Manager. Responsibilities will include operation of the department clean room, provide support for research activities involving the use of clean room facilities (active participation in research is encouraged), and teaching and supervision of students on the fabrication of basic electronic devices, such as solar cells. He/she will also be expected to provide support to other teaching needs, such as teaching design and laboratory courses.

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

Education, Outreach and Diversity Trainee at EMory university

Description: The NSF Center for Selective C–H Functionalization (CCHF) seeks a driven and passionate professional to join a team implementing the Center’s programming. This opportunity involves training Center members, educating the scientific community and engaging the broader public.

This position is based at Emory University, in Atlanta, but entails coordinating efforts across the CCHF with some expectations of travel to events and other CCHF locations. The EOD Trainee will report to the CCHF Managing Director and will work as part of the CCHF administrative tram to support the operations of the Center’s broader impact efforts in innovation, education, outreach and broadening participation. The initial appointment will be for one year, with consideration for a continued position upon mutual agreement.

The team is searching for a new member that demonstrates a passion and commitment to the communication and dissemination of science. While a background in science, and specifically chemistry and chemical education, is preferred, it is not required. Applications are welcomed from qualified individuals with a diverse set of experience, either having a Master’s or Ph.D. degree.

For more information and to apply, please visit the job postings: For those with a Master’s degree, For those with a Ph.D. degree

Research Associate, Field-Emission Electron Microprobe Analyzer and sem – Fayetteville state university

The Southeastern North Carolina Regional Micro Analytical and Imaging Consortium (SENCRMIC) at Fayetteville State University is currently seeking a research associate. This position will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of all research facilities of the SENCRMIC.

  • Establishing standard operational procedures (SOPs) of all instruments at SENCRMIC and training users on all instruments using SOPs.
  • Supporting faculty with teaching and conducting labs for students, including group demonstration or individual student training as needed.
  • Providing technical support and professional service to users as needed, such as scheduling, sample preparation, instrument running, data acquisition and processing.
  • Conducting routine preparation, tuning of instruments, instrument maintenance and minor repairs.
  • Maintaining clean and organized rooms, to include routine safety inspections.
  • Recording and keeping track of all of the instrument uses and log sheets for billing.

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

Student Opportunities

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.  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 now closed. Information for next year’s awards will be posted in early 2019. Eligibility for awards can be reviewed in the links above.