Fellowship Program Guidelines

ASRC NanoFab Fellowship

Program Description

ASRC NanoFab Fellows are outstanding graduate students who contribute part-time (in addition to their Ph.D. research) to optimize fabrication processes and monitor baseline processes that improve reproducibility and yield throughout the facility. The funding is not intended to replace a graduate student’s stipend, but rather supplement their current funding.

The purpose of the NanoFab Fellow Program is to provide Graduate Student Researchers with the ability to become technical experts in utilizing real-world nanofabrication processing tools to strengthen their career marketability. Students also serve as ASRC ambassadors for their respective campus and research groups, transferring knowledge and techniques to their home institutions.

In addition, NanoFab Fellows provide a valuable service to cleanroom operations through assisting technical staff in providing information for current and future NanoFab users about new techniques, recipes, and procedures, and also current performance of tools. Students will also have allotted time and funds to perform their own research free of NanoFab user-fees.

Fellows will be trained by NanoFab staff on equipment specific to one of the three main areas in the cleanroom: lithography, deposition, or etch, as well as associated metrology. In collaboration with NanoFab staff, the Fellows will carry out process development experiments, generating optimized operating procedures and recipes. The data will be made available to NanoFab users via the website and tool operating procedures, located at each tool.

Appointment Duration

  • NanoFab Fellows will be appointed for one (1) year
  • Individuals are limited to a one (1) year term as a NanoFab Fellow
  • In the event a Fellow leaves the university or program, a new Fellow will be awarded to fill the spot

Responsibilities

  • The time commitment will be a maximum of six (6) hours per week in the NanoFab, typically ranging from 5-6 hours of time per week.
  • Execute process development experiments on cleanroom equipment and associated characterization techniques
  • Generate summary of experiments and report findings
  • Under the direction of the NanoFab staff, provide occasional equipment training and maintenance
  • Attendance of NanoFab user meetings and demonstrate safe and responsible cleanroom practices

Eligibility (ASRC NanoFab Fellows, 2 Positions)

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time Ph.D. program at a CUNY institution
  • Applicants must have written approval from their current Ph.D. advisor
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing

Eligibility (IDEALS NanoFab Fellows, 2 Positions)

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time Ph.D. program at a CUNY institution
  • Applicants must have written approval from their current Ph.D. advisor
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing
  • Applicants must be working with an IDEALS faculty member or be working on an IDEALS related research project

Student Benefits

  • Appointment funding up to a maximum of $5,880 per year.
  • NanoFab fellows will have 2 hours of process time per week free of NanoFab user fees to perform their own research
  • Priority on equipment training
  • Gain experience in nanofabrication process development and quality control
  • Opportunity to network with industry users

Faculty/Mentor Benefits

  • NanoFab fellows will have 2 hours of process time per week free of NanoFab user fees to perform their own research
  • NanoFab fellows will become experts in cleanroom operations and serve as a conduit for valuable process information and new research capabilities for the entire research group

Application

Applications are being accepted via the following webpage:

https://ybephbsyus.formstack.com/forms/asrc_nanofab_app_copy

Applicants are required to submit:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Recommendation from their research advisor
  • Personal Statement, addressing why you are interested in this fellowship, how it will help your career goals and what makes you a good candidate

Applications are being accepted until Friday September 23rd. Four positions will be filled to begin October 1st, 2016. Candidates will be notified of selections by September 28. Contact Dr. Jacob Trevino with any questions regarding the fellowship program (Jacob.Trevino@asrc.cuny.edu).