Advanced Science Research Center, City University of New York

Position ID:CUNY-ASRC-RAP [#11158]
Position Title: Nanoscience Facilities Director (Research Assistant Professor or Research Associate Professor) - Advanced Science Research Center
Position Location:New York, New York 10031, United States [map]
Subject Area: Nanoscience
Appl Deadline:2018/06/06** finished (posted 2018/05/09, finished 2018/12/09, listed until 2018/06/06)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed. ***

Faculty Vacancy Announcement:

Research faculty engage in, are responsible for, manage, and/or execute significant areas of research or scholarship. They may serve as principal or co-principal investigators on grants or contracts, manage postdoctoral fellows and their research projects or supervise graduate or undergraduate student research. Research Faculty hold full-time, non-tenure track positions. While they may participate in instructional programs, such as lectures or demonstrations, they are not assigned regular teaching duties.

CAMPUS SPECIFIC INFORMATION The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

In a short period of time, the ASRC’s Nanoscience Initiative has established itself as a significant research powerhouse in nanoscience in New York City. The Nanoscience Initiative now has 70 active researchers and has established three core user facilities in Nanofabrication, Imaging and Surface Science, which have over 650 registered users from across CUNY, other academic institutions and the industry. The Nanofabrication Facility is comprised of a 5,000 square feet of ISO 6 (Class 1,000) and ISO 5 (Class 100) cleanroom space and contains additional lab space for back-end processing and support areas. The Imaging Suite consists of a cryogenic TEM for life sciences, a materials science TEM, a training TEM, and a dual beam SEM / FIB / Nanomanipulator system for sample preparation. The Surface Science facility has X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometer (TOF-SIMS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM).

The Nanoscience Facilities Director will report to the Initiative Director and work closely with the Core Facilities Managers to ensure the effective and efficient operation, maintenance, and management of the Surface Science, Nanofabrication and Imaging facilities. The incumbent will be responsible for enhancing the organization and infrastructure necessary for continued success and growth of these cores, while ensuring the CUNY academic community can take full advantage of these facilities. S/he is expected to develop a strong understanding of the three Core Facilities, and will be responsible for enhancing the user pool to ensure efficient and safe running of facilities, and to pursue external funding and strategic partnering opportunities to support and advance the core facilities and keep them up-to-date. The Nanoscience Facilities Director will be advised by a user committee and is expected to report regularly to ASRC management on how s/he is upholding the highest standards of safety, efficiency and accountability in all areas of operation. This appointment will be at the Research Assistant Professor or Research Associate Professor rank based on qualifications and experience.

Duties include but are not limited to:

- Develops a clear understanding of the mission, needs and goals of each of the three Core Facilities of the Nanoscience Initiative; - Actively participates in collaborative research within the ASRC; - Actively seeks new collaborative projects within CUNY and externally; - Leads collaborative, interdisciplinary external research funding opportunities; - Leads and develops graduate and undergraduate research training and teaching courses at the ASRC in the areas of surface science, imaging, and nanofabrication; - Supervises graduate and undergraduate students performing research in nanoscience core facilities; - Advises and trains internal and external users, with varying degrees of experience, in experimental design, sample preparation, and data interpretation; refines and adapts methodologies to fit specific experiment requirements; - Contributes to dissemination of results through workshops, seminars, and publications; - Assists the Facilities Managers in constructing robust strategic plans and setting targets, and implements means to adhere to these plans and targets; - Implements measures to maximize equipment usage and minimize down time; - Ensures consistent implementation, and continuous improvement of, standard operating and control procedures for all equipment in the core facilities; - Negotiates new equipment purchases and contracts; - Works with Facilities Managers to conduct orientations and walk-throughs for potential users and visitors; - Works with the Communications and Marketing team to create promotional media and maintain the website, highlighting each of the Nanoscience Core Facilities; - Works with the Facilities Managers to organize workshops, user meetings, and other forums to assist community building; - Leads collaborative and interdisciplinary external funding opportunities; seeks funding to support research activities and industry/academic partnerships; assists and/or leads with the preparation of grant applications, presentations and publications; - Creates and maintains relationships with user groups and other institutional bodies, as needed, including travel to these entities for in person relationship building; - Writes progress reports; - Supervises staff; - Performs other duties as assigned.


Ph.D. in area(s) of expertise or equivalent and a record of several years of successful research experience, clear evidence of ability to perform research independently or collaborate on research projects, and significant scholarship in his/her field. Also required are the ability to advise and/or oversee the direct work of others and a commitment to service in a university setting.

A preferred candidate should have:

- Ph.D. in science or technical discipline closely related with at least one of the Nanoscience Initiative’s Core Facilities (nanofabrication is strongly preferred). - Five years technical experience with nanofabrication, nanotechnology, electron microscopy, surface science, ideally in a user facility. - Experience in fundraising from government agencies and industry. - Experience in supervising engineers, technicians and scientists. - Excellent leadership and project management skills with ability to foster teamwork. - Exceptional managerial, technical, analytical, and evaluative and follow-through skills in a research arm of a higher education institution or government laboratory. - Excellent communication skills with the ability to write, speak, and present effectively to a wide variety of audiences including academics and industry representatives. - Ability to collaborate with peers and work effectively with diverse stakeholders at various organizational levels. - A firm commitment to CUNY's mission of creating access to excellent higher education for a diverse urban population. - Demonstrated ability to prioritize work and meet tight deadlines. - Ability to think strategically. - Strong attention to details. - Strong organizational skills.

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