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Employment Opportunities

Postdoc for Electron Microscopy Services – NC State

Primary responsibilities of the new Postdoc position include training new users as well as performing service work for external clients. The ideal candidate will be customer-focused and exhibit a commitment to excellence in all technical and organizational aspects of their role. Other duties include:

  • Perform microscopy services and analysis of data using Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopes with a focus on the FEI Talos, FEI Titan, FEI Quanta, and FEI Verios instruments.
  • Train internal NC State users and external academic, government, and industrial users on operation of the instrument and interpretation of data.
  • Assist with maintenance and calibration of the FEI Talos, FEI Titan, FEI Quanta, and FEI Verios instruments and all detectors.
  • Design, schedule, and execute at least 4 seminars 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.
  • Communicate the need for instrument upgrades and develop strategies and proposals for acquiring equipment upgrades or replacements

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

TEM Specialist – Virginia TEch

The position involves: (a) operation of TEM and SEM instruments, (b) support of TEM and SEMdata analysis, (c) sample preparation and management, (d) participation in education and outreach activities, and (e) implementation of directed pilot projects, for mainly external users of the Virginia Tech National Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NanoEarth) under the direct supervision of the NanoEarth Director. NanoEarth is housed in Virginia Tech’s Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory (NCFL). The main requirement of this position is electron microscopy operation, but practical research/service experience in powder X-ray diffractometry is helpful.

Day to day activities related to TEM operation may include: 1) interacting with internal and external users to understand the objectives of their work, scheduling suitable sample preparation and training, and coordinating necessary instrument/staff time; 2) managing day-to-day maintenance support of instruments, calibrating the instruments and keeping them in good functioning condition, arranging the purchase of consumable supplies, and being first responder for hardware problems; and 3) maintenance and supervision of related shared data analysis computers including, but not limited to, operating system updates, anti-virus updates, file maintenance.

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

Electrical Engineer – UTC Aerospace Systems

The Electrical Engineer will perform the following tasks:

  • Design, simulate, implement and test digital electronics using discrete circuits, CPLDs, FPGAs, DSPs, and microcontrollers, and generate firmware using VHDL, Verilog, C++, and MATLAB programming languages.
  • Model and simulate electronic circuits using simulation tools such as MATLAB/Simulink, ModelSim, and FPGA vendor tools (Xilinx, Altera, etc.).
  • Implement hardware prototypes, breadboard designs, and test them in the lab environment.
  • Utilize understanding of digital CCA design process including requirements generation, preliminary design, peer reviews, detailed design, test plan generation, and integration and test
  • Assist in the design of Fiber-optic communication systems, which include working with network protocols and high-speed custom fiber optic transceiver modules.

More information about the position can be found here. Apply for the position through the UTC Career Site.

Applications Engineer – AMETEK, Inc.

The Applications Engineer is responsible for providing technical expertise for after sales customer support as well as supporting EDAX US’s sales efforts. The position requires the necessary skillset to engage with novice and expert users in both industrial and academic environments. The main product groups will be EDS and EBSD though WDS and Micro XRF can potentially be added at a later point. Customer support, sales support, and demonstration of EDAX products and sample analyses will be coordinated with main office and carried out in the local applications laboratory.

Responsibilities include: training and support of customers on product applications and operation; troubleshooting hardware, software and workflow issues; conducting training classes and educating customers to ensure they get the most out of their system; maintaining the demo laboratory equipment and coordinating the scheduling of the lab with main office; preparing customer samples, conducting demos and generating reports.

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

Research associate – oregon State university

The Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NNI) at Oregon State University (OSU) is seeking applicants for a full-time, fixed-term Research Associate position. This position can be renewed annually and is supported in part through the National Science Foundation – National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) program at OSU.  The Research Associate will perform state-of-the-art research using an integrated Near Ambient Pressure – X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Near Ambient Pressure – Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (NAP-XPS/NAP-STM) system and other equipment located in the Ambient Pressure Surface Characterization Laboratory (APSCL). The Research Associate will support users of the surface characterization equipment through training, experimental design, data analysis and interpretation, and foster internal and external collaborations.  He/she will also maintain equipment, document equipment used for quarterly reports, provide technical input for proposal and report preparation, and facilitate surface characterization efforts across the NNI, the NNCI, and the Pacific Northwest. Candidates will be supervised by the NNI Director at OSU. Preference will be given to candidates who are able to contribute to the educational and research infrastructure in the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering (CBEE), the College of Engineering (COE), and OSU.
For more information and to apply, please visit the job postingTo be assured full consideration, applications should be received by May 24, 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Research Specialist – Tem focus at 3m

Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Perform electron microscopy testing and analysis of 3M materials using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and focused ion beam (FIB) techniques
  • Advance electron microscopy analysis and materials characterization methodology
  • Sample preparation of polymeric and hard materials, including but not limited to room-temperature/cryo microtomy, ion beam based sample prep, etc.

For more information, please visit the job posting. For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Matt Burch at mburch@mmm.com.

Microfabrication Engineer at MEMStim

MEMStim is an early stage startup dedicated to enhancing the full lives of individuals with Parkinson’s tremors, chronic pain, or hearing loss. Applicants can learn more about MEMStim LLC here. The Microfabrication Engineer is responsible for key aspects of the design, fabrication, reliability test and assembly of critical components of the microfabricated neurostimulator system. Responsibilities include:

  • Design microsystem components and test-devices
  • Produce masks and tooling to implement component designs
  • Microfabricate system components and verify functionality in a cleanroom setting
  • Test the reliability of prototypes and manage the transition into production
  • Design tooling for device assembly processes
  • Perform failure analysis of nonconforming components or assemblies.
  • Develop and use working knowledge of hybrid microcircuit assembly processes including soldering, wire bonding, micro welding, epoxy attach and cleaning techniques.
  • Design & assemble testing stations for reliability tests of processes and products
  • Create automated assembly and test programs with associated documentation
  • Stress and strain analysis of mechanical components and assembly

More information about the position can be found here. Applicants should send a resume or CV and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to info@memstim.com.


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.

Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (RTNN REU+)

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 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.