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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.

Multiple Positions: Commercial Leap Ahead for Wide Bandgap Semiconductors (CLAWS) Microelectronics Commons @ NC State University: https://claws.ncsu.edu

North Carolina State University is leading the charge as the recipient of a $39.4 million award from the Department of Defense to establish the regional Microelectronics Commons regional innovation hub, Commercial Leap Ahead for Wide Bandgap Semiconductors (CLAWS). This initiative, part of the larger $238 million investment through the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) and Science Act, aims to revolutionize the field of wide bandgap semiconductors. CLAWS Hub leadership, Distinguished Professors John Muth and Fred Kish, are dedicated to the “lab to fab” journey—translating laboratory advancements into fabrication capabilities for wide bandgap semiconductors. The hub brings together a dynamic partnership with N.C. A&T State University and industry leaders, including Wolfspeed, Coherent Corp., General Electric, Bluglass, Adroit Materials, and Kyma Technologies, Inc. This collaborative effort will propel the development of semiconductors crucial for national defense, electric vehicles, power grid technologies, 5G/6G, quantum technologies, and artificial intelligence applications. We are seeking talented individuals who are passionate about shaping the future of technology in five hub segment areas: 1) Silicon Carbide Electronics, 2) III-N RF Electronics, 3) III-N Photonics, 4) III-N Power electronics, and 5) Ultrawide bandgap electronics. If you’re ready to be part of a team that is driving technological advancements and securing the nation’s future, we invite you to apply for the following opportunities:

Multiple Positions within Science and Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability (STEPS) Center

Please see the Center’s opportunities page for information about multiple staff positions.

Internship Opportunity at NC State University

The Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN) is supports (2) part-time internship opportunities for currently enrolled community college students to experience and learn laboratory skills at the NCSU Nanofabrication Facility (NNF) and/or the Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) at NC State University each year. 

Through this program, two students will work alongside staff and experts in the NNF or AIF at NC State University to learn about nanofabrication and analytical equipment. Specific techniques and objectives will be chosen based on the interest and field of study of the students selected. The RTNN is looking for engineering/science students to assist and learn all aspects of working in a nanotechnology user facility.  Candidates must currently be currently enrolled in a community college in the Triangle area and in an engineering or STEM-related discipline. Laboratory experience preferred, but not required.

The primary responsibilities for this position will be as follows:

  • Work in a laboratory environment 
  • Assist NNF and AIF staff with routine maintenance and upkeep of the laboratories
  • Perform hands-on work with a wide range of analytical and nanofabrication equipment
  • Collaborate with students and research staff
  • Participate in outreach activities (i.e. tours, demonstrations, etc.)

This opportunity is expected to last throughout the academic year with a commitment of 10-15 hours per week is expected for this internship, with hourly pay @ $15/hour. Expected start date is mid-September. Applications due September 1.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please read more here and/or submit resumes (including GPA) and <1 page statement of interest via email to rtnanonetwork@ncsu.edu

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Multiple Positions: AM Technical Solutions

MTS AE is a licensed Engineering and Architecture, Business Unit of AM Technical Solutions. At AMTS AE, they focus on providing design and consulting services to advanced technology, government, university, and industrial clients, specializing in research, pilot lines, manufacturing, cleanrooms, and advanced laboratories. They also provide start-up consulting, process improvements, industrial engineering, and high-tech operations support.

Multiple Positions: Science

A start-up company called Science is trying to hire engineers for microfabrication, process engineering, and a few other positions here in NC. More information and other location’s positions can be found here: https://science.xyz/careers/#science-wafer-services

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.