City University of New York, Advanced Science Research Center

Position ID:CUNY-ASRC-RESEARCHPROFNANO [#13352, 20224]
Position Title: Research Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor – Nanoscience Initiative – Advanced Science Research Center
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:New York, New York 10031, United States [map]
Subject Area: Nanoscience
Appl Deadline:2019/03/24 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/02/26, finished 2019/09/29, listed until 2019/08/26)
Position Description:    

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Position Title: Research Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor – Nanoscience Initiative – Advanced Science Research Center

Job ID: 20224

Compensation: Competitive

Closing Date: March 24, 2019

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.


The Nanoscience Initiative ( at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) invites applications for a full-time research faculty (open rank). The research faculty is expected to work closely with the existing nanoscience faculty and research staff who run academic labs and the nanoscience core user facilities including the Nanofabrication Facility, the Imaging Facility, and the Surface Science Facility. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent and an externally funded research program, aid in the operation and maintenance of some of the core facilities equipment, mentor and train users from both academia and industry, and assist with on-going and potential research collaborations. This position reports to the Director of the Nanoscience Initiative.

Duties include but are not limited to: - Leads interdisciplinary research projects, collaborating with ASRC, CUNY and external researchers from both academia and industry. Actively seeks new collaborative research projects and participates in on-going ASRC research projects, where appropriate. - Actively seeks external funding to support research activities and industry/academic partnerships. - Assists and/or leads the preparation of grant applications, presentations, publications, and progress reports. - Contributes to the dissemination of scientific results through workshops, seminars, and publications. - Supervises graduate and undergraduate students performing research in the nanoscience core facilities. - Leads and develops graduate and undergraduate research training and teaching courses at the ASRC in the areas of surface science, imaging, and nanofabrication. - Collaborates with research faculty in the core facilities to support the development of robust strategic research and business plans, set targets, and implement means to adhere to these plans and targets. - Assists facility managers in operation and maintenance of scientific equipment in the Nanoscience Initiative Facilities. This includes training users, preventative maintenance, SOP development, and, where appropriate, advising on measures to maximize usage and minimize downtime, and implementing control procedures. Assists with negotiation of new equipment purchases and contracts as needed. - Advises and trains internal and external users, with varying degrees of experience, in experimental design, sample preparation, and data interpretation. Assists with refining and adapting methodologies to fit specific experimental requirements. - Helps organize workshops, user meetings, and other forums to assist community building. - Creates and maintains relationships with user groups and other institutional bodies, as needed, including travel to these entities for in person relationship building. - Performs other duties as assigned.

The City University of New York's Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), as a part of the CUNY Graduate Center (GC), boasts the success of the University's rich past and the determination to become a national leader in visionary scientific research in the future. With research foci in the fields of Nanoscience, Photonics, Structural Biology, Neuroscience, and Environmental Sciences, the ASRC represents the nucleus of a University-wide science enterprise. It fosters the development of an integrated research network that brings together faculty, students, and post-doctoral fellows from CUNY's colleges across the five boroughs. This state-of-the-art research center houses a staff of scientists chosen for their exceptional leadership and interdisciplinary research skills. Intrinsic to the mission of the ASRC is its capacity to break down the barriers currently separating disparate, but increasingly inter-related, disciplines of basic and applied research.

In a short period of time, the ASRC’s Nanoscience Initiative has established itself as a major research institute 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 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, a dual beam SEM / FIB / Nanomanipulator system, a 3D super-high resolution STED fluorescence microscope, and a 3D Raman microscope. The Surface Science facility has an X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS); a time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometer (TOF-SIMS) and an atomic force microscopy (AFM). To learn more about the ASRC, visit


Ph.D. in area(s) of expertise or equivalent and a record of successful research that has resulted in gaining a national reputation in field of expertise, 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 and to the profession.

A preferred candidate should have: - Ph.D. degree in chemistry, physics, electrical engineering or another scientific or engineering discipline closely related with at least one of the Nanoscience Initiative’s core facilities. - Five (5) years technical experience with nanofabrication, nanotechnology, electron microscopy, and surface science, ideally in a user facility. - Experience in fundraising from government agencies and/or industry. - Excellent leadership and project management skills with ability to foster teamwork. - Exceptional managerial, technical, analytical, evaluative and follow-through skills, preferably in a research arm of a higher education institution or government laboratory. - Experience in supervising undergraduate students, graduate students, and/or Post Doctoral fellows. - Strong communication skills with the ability to write, speak, and present effectively to a wide variety of audiences including academics and industry representatives. - Ability to forge collaborative relationships with peers and to work effectively and collaboratively 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. - Ability to think boldly and strategically. - Ability to adhere to strict deadlines. - Strong attention to details and excellent organizational skills.

How to Apply:

1. Please apply using the link below: Click on "Apply Now" below which will bring you to the registration screen. If you are a new user, you must register to apply. If you already have a user ID, please use your existing ID to apply. Make sure to upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three (3) professional references (name, title, and organization). Please upload all documents in Word or PDF format as one file.


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Equal Employment Opportunity:

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

The City University of New York (CUNY) is committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply.  We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion.  EO/AA Employer.

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