Open Positions

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Current Open CNS Positions:

Postdoctoral Position

We are seeking a full-time postdoctoral research fellow to work on the development of novel micro-TMS coils for biomedical applications. This 2-year long appointment will be made at the rank of postdoctoral fellow at Center for Nanoscale Systems at Harvard University.

A candidate must be highly motivated, with a demonstrated excellent research track record in the fields of MEMS device design, nano-/micro- fabrication, and characterization. Independent process skills in nano-fabrication, including E-beam lithography, Photolithography, RIE, film deposition and electron microscopy (EM), as well as experimental and numerical characterizations of material, electrical, and thermal properties, are required. Experience in high currents amplifiers, and non-invasive human
experiments is desired but not required. A PhD (or equivalent) in physics, applied physics, electrical engineering, chemical/biomedical engineering, material sciences or a related field is required. The successful postdoc candidate is expected to have a strong publication record and good communication skills.

The candidate should be self-motivated with a strong desire to acquire on-the-job training, to succeed, and to develop intellectual, and practical professional skills. Demonstrated ability to work well in teams is essential.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to work in cleanroom, chemical, and measurement laboratory environments. Will work around compressed gases, acids, solvents, and other chemicals.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy and pregnancy-related
conditions, or other protected status.

To apply: Please send a full CV and a cover letter to Dr. Jiangdong (JD) Deng at Reference letters are not required for initial inquiry, and the finalist will need to provide three reference letters directly to Dr. Deng.


Postdoctoral Position

The Harvard University, Center for Nanoscale Systems invites applicants for a Postdoctoral appointment in Scanning Probe Microscopy and Spectroscopy. CNS offers excellent opportunities for advanced research and study using the centers wide array of instrumentation and nanofabrication tools to explore Quantum Materials and Systems. The current project will support the development of diagnostic techniques to characterize 2D heterostructure systems. Collaborative research with the Harvard/MIT Quantum Materials teams will be an important focus of the program. (To start 6/1/2022) Eligibility Ideal applicants should have a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, or a related field with experience in AFM, Near-Field and other Scan probe techniques and well as an understanding of laser spectroscopy, optics and photonics. Well-developed experimental skills are essential. Applicants should be well positioned to conduct original, collaborative research in Quantum Materials Characterization, and to publish their findings in peer-reviewed publications. Applicants are expected to be fluent in English with excellent oral and written communication skills. Postdoctoral appointment Details CNS Postdocs are full-time employees of Harvard University during their tenure, with stipends of order $62,000 per year depending on the duration of the appointment and are eligible for health insurance benefits. Modest support is available for research expenses and travel costs. The appointment is typically awarded for 3 years, pending a satisfactory progress report at the end of the first year. This CNS postdoctoral position supports a NSF funded program on 2D Quantum Materials. As such the scholar, will have access to shared laboratories, resources, and interactions with fellow scientists, students and staff. The CNS Executive Director will serve as the faculty host. Application Information To be considered for this appointment, online applications should include the following:
– Cover letter
– Research statement
– Curriculum Vitae
– Three references
A simple email will suffice. To apply or if you have questions about the award, CNS resources, or application process, contact the CNS Exec. Director Dr. W. L. Wilson


Laboratory Technician

Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Job Summary

The Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS) at Harvard University seeks a talented, enthusiastic individual to work with the Imaging and Analysis Group as a laboratory technician providing services to CNS, and maintaining state-of-the-art laboratories and scientific equipment. CNS is an open, shared-use facility that serves all of Harvard as well as external academic and industrial users. Working under the supervision of the Director of Imaging and Analysis, this person will be providing training, technical support and immediate service for more than a thousand CNS users.  This position will be a technical support position for the Imaging, Materials and Soft Lithography areas of CNS.

They give room safety trainings for the three labs and specific tool safety trainings in those labs. Will keep the laboratories functioning by having all the tools in service and in good maintenance, and by having them stocked with all supplies the users might need to perform their experiments. Will provide excellent technical training and troubleshooting aiding the CNS users in their research efforts.

Laboratory Technician to work within the Imaging and Analysis Group as a laboratory technician to help manage the day-to-day operations of the laboratories overseen by the Imaging and Analysis group covering approximately 30 different rooms of research laboratory space and more than 250 pieces of equipment. Day-to-day duties in these labs include but are not limited include ordering supplies, stocking labs, general lab housekeeping, managing lab waste, changing gas cylinders, changing liquid nitrogen tanks, some equipment trouble shooting and maintenance, managing equipment service visits, etc.

Working under the supervision of the Imaging and Analysis Facility Manager, and in coordination with the other Imaging and Analysis staff at CNS, this person will assist in the day-to-day operation of the soft lithography fabrication laboratory at the Science and Engineering Complex in Allston, MA the soft lithography fabrication laboratory and the cell culture laboratory both in the Laboratory for Science and Engineering Cambridge, MA

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Ordering supplies and consumables for the lab In charge of ordering supplies and keeping inventory for Cambridge and Allston CNS facilities  Including restocking materials and consumables for the labs and general lab housekeeping

Managing Lab Waste/Radioactive and Toxic Waste. Managing waste disposal of the facilities, performing daily checks on satellite waste collection areas. Taking out the Biohazard bins, liquid bio-waste, chemical waste disposals. Maintaining a safe area for users.

Equipment trouble shooting and maintenance. Responsible for covering support, and maintenance of each tool. Includes changing gas cylinders, changing liquid nitrogen tanks

Managing equipment service visits – Managing and coordinating with outside suppliers for equipment service when and as required, PM visits.

Training users on lab operations and equipment. Giving trainings to CNS users.

Safety/Compliance Officer – Acting as the Safety Officer, ensuring the laboratories are used correctly and in full compliance with procedures and policies. Providing safety training to all new users. In charge of annual and semi/annual safety inspections, primary contact for that as well. Attending monthly safety meetings (PEL meetings) given by Harvard EHS.


Basic Qualifications

A science degree, BSc or equivalent, experience may count towards degree.

Skills and Experience:

  • Two or more years related work experience (relevant course work may count towards experience).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of laboratory protocols and abilities in laboratory techniques are required.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Proficient with computer technologies, including Microsoft Office Suite, electronic mail, internet applications, network-based systems.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Project Management experience, good personal skills for dealing with customers, contractors and other services, conflict management, customer service experience.
  • Hands on laboratory experience, experience interfacing with vendors and contractors, getting facilities prepared for the installation of new tools, communication skills for trainings, flexible schedule to be able to react to late-night or weekend alarms, safety officer experience, etc.
  • Ability to use a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and train users would be advantageous.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to work in imaging facility, cleanroom, biological, chemical, and characterization laboratory environments.

Will work around compressed gases, cryogens, ovens, acids, bases, oxidizers, solvents, vacuum pump oils, and other chemicals. Must be very dexterous; may be required to work on large and small assemblies.

Ability to lift 50 lbs on occasion. Moving gas cylinders required.

Working Conditions

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in¬†Harvard‚Äôs Vaccine & Booster Requirements.¬†Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University‚Äôs COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University‚Äôs ‚ÄúCOVID-19 Vaccine Information‚ÄĚ webpage:¬†

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