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Postdoctoral Research Scholar Position Announcement

Norfolk State University’s Department of Engineering is seeking a candidate for a Postdoctoral Research Scholar position to conduct research in the area of biophotonics. The focus of this
research is on designing microfluidic devices to enable on-chip laser tweezers and traps and conducting surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) for identifying breast cancer cells.
Successful candidate is expected to develop and demonstrate new approaches of system integration to improve accuracy, efficiency, scalability, and automation of the optofluidic sensing
platform and publish the findings in reputed journals and conference proceedings. The successful candidate will work in Computational Cardiac Engineering Lab at Norfolk State University in
Norfolk Virginia, and will be expected to collaborate across disciplines to ensure successful completion of research tasks.

Primary Responsibilities:
– Design a working SERS system for analyzing live biological cells. Conduct SERS-based experiments with various cell lines and analyze experimental data.
– Design and fabricate novel SERS substrates to amplify the Raman signals.
– Setup a dual-beam optical tweezer system for non-contact cell trapping and stretching.
– Perform Multiphysics modeling to configure the experimental setup and perform theoretical investigations.
– Develop, implement, and demonstrate new approaches to improve accuracy, efficiency, scalability, and automation of the optofluidic sensing system.
– Mentor graduate and undergraduate students; contribute in other ongoing research projects in the group.

– PhD in engineering or physical sciences in optics/photonics, biosensing, bioelectrics or related fields.
– Demonstrated expertise in Raman spectroscopy/SERS imaging, microfluidics and micro/nano-fabrication.
– Prior experience of micro/nano fabrication in cleanroom and handling of cleanroom equipment.
– Ability to quickly learn, analyze, and implement innovative biosensing applications/systems.
– Creativity and analytical skills.

New Buff Innovator Insights podcast to spotlight faculty innovators

The first episode of the inaugural season of Buff Innovator Insights, a new podcast from the Research & Innovation Office (RIO), will premiere on Thursday, March 18. The podcast will offer a behind-the-curtain look at some of the most ground-breaking innovations in the world—all emanating from the CU Boulder campus—along with the personal journeys that made those discoveries possible. Terri Fiez, Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, hosts this up-close and personal look at how researchers, scholars and artists become global pioneers, why they are so dedicated to discovery, and their visions of the future in the wide range of fields they explore.

Airing Thursday, March 18: Margaret Murnane–JILA; Physics; STROBE Science & Technology Center

In the first episode of Buff Innovator Insights, we meet Dr. Margaret Murnane, CU Boulder professor of physics and one of the world’s leading experts in ultrafast laser and x-ray science. Join us to learn about her improbable journey from growing up in the Irish countryside to developing the microscopes of the future and cultivating the world’s next generation of physicists.

NIST Postdoctoral Researcher Positions

The NIST RF Fields Group has multiple opportunities for postdoctoral researchers to develop experimental and theoretical methods for Rydberg atom sensors for a variety of applications. The Group is building a first-of-its-kind quantum-field antenna probe that uses Rydberg atoms excited by lasers produce an electromagnetic transparent probe to measure field strength with SI Traceability. The Rydberg atom-based probe acts as a compact receiver antenna that can lead to the development of a quantum based receiver that measures amplitude, phase and polarization of modulated electric fields over a frequency range from MHz to THz.   This is a fundamentally new approach to radio frequency metrology, one that promises to improve the sensitivity, precision, and ease of tests and calibrations of high-frequency field probes used for measuring radiated fields in next-generation 5G wireless systemsspectroscopy, and nanoelectronic systems, and environmental and other sensors.
Postdoctoral scholars will have opportunities to design, build, and troubleshoot laser systems and electronics of the types used in atomic physics experiments as well as working with RF electronic equipment and data analysis. Theoretical work includes developing atomic models for Rydberg atoms and other related physical simulations. A PhD in physics, engineering, or closely related field is required.  Experience in one or more of the following areas is desired: atomic or molecular spectroscopy, Rydberg atoms, atomic simulations, and/or optical and electronic noise analysis.
The NIST RF Fields Group is located within the NIST Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL). Recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce is essential to NIST CTL mission of enhancing innovation. Through a diversity of people, disciplines and ideas, we find the best solutions. The NIST Postdoctoral and Early-career Association of Researchers (PEAR) is a vibrant community advocating for professional development opportunities for postdocs, students, and other early-career researchers. NIST postdocs have access to a variety of networking and career development opportunities through PEAR.

Congrats to Mary Scott for Being a 2020 Women @ The Lab Honoree

The Berkeley Lab Women Scientists & Engineers Council has announced that Foundry Staff Mary Scott and Liana Klivansky are part of the 2020 cohort of Women @ The Lab 2020 honorees. Congratulations to the honorees for their meritorious professional contributions, leadership, mentorship, and outreach.

This celebration highlights Berkeley Lab women and their success stories – scientists, engineers, and operations staff who are working to change the world for the better. By promoting the achievements of these 15 brilliant women, we hope to continue to inspire a new generation of women to enter the STEM workforce, where their participation could lead to important breakthroughs.

A COSMIC Approach to Nanoscale Science

COSMIC, a multipurpose X-ray instrument at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab’s) Advanced Light Source (ALS), has made headway in the scientific community since its launch less than 2 years ago, with groundbreaking contributions in fields ranging from batteries to biominerals…

Sr. Researcher – Advanced 3D Computer Vision and Graphics Research, Sony R&D Center

Sony Corporation of America, located in New York, NY, is the U.S. headquarters of Sony Corporation, based in Tokyo, Japan. Sony’s principal U.S. businesses include Sony Electronics Inc., Sony Mobile Communications (USA) Inc., Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC., Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Sony Music Entertainment, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. With some 900 million Sony devices in hands and homes worldwide today, a vast array of Sony movies, television shows and music, and the PlayStation Network, Sony creates and delivers more entertainment experiences to more people than anyone else on earth. To learn more:

Position Summary:

Sony R&D Center US, located in San Jose, CA is seeking a creative individual to join our talented multidisciplinary core research group. It’s your chance to make a significant impact on Sony’s future business, products and services, and to contribute to Sony’s super high quality entertainment powerhouse such as Game, Film, TV and Music.

As a Senior Research Engineer, you will be involved in an applied scientific research on novel 3D Computer Vision and Graphics algorithm development. You will have a unique opportunity to collaborate with Sony’s professional creators, Sony’s research community world-wide, and U.S. university collaborators.

We’re inventing the technology and products that inspire creators and people all over the world, and soon you could be working to bring your ideas to life! If you’re up to the challenge, we’d love to see what you’ve got!

Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or a related field.
  • Strong research background and demonstrated record of innovation in the area of 3D computer vision, computer graphics.
  • Experience in 3D reconstruction, 3D modeling, image-based rendering, or CG physical simulation.
  • Excellent analytical and mathematical skills.
  • Ability to work independently and/or in a team environment.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally on occasion.
  • All candidates must be authorized to work in the USA.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience and research track record in machine learning based 3D human modeling.
  • Familiarity with Matlab, Python or C/C++ for rapid algorithm prototyping.
  • Familiarity with Unity, Unreal Engine, Maya, or related graphic platforms.
  • Two or more years of related professional experience

Sony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex (including pregnancy), gender, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, military status, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or family status, genetic information, medical condition, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local law, ordinance, or regulation.

Disability Accommodation for Applicants to Sony Corporation of America

Sony Corporation of America provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in job application procedures. For reasonable accommodation requests, please contact us by email at or by mail to: Sony Corporation of America, Human Resources Department, 25 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010. Please indicate the position you are applying for.

Data Sciences Postdoc opportunity at PNNL

Job ID: 311566
Directorate: National Security
Division: Computing & Analytics
Group: Data Sciences and Analytics

Do you want to create a legacy of meaningful research for the greater good? Do you want to lead and contribute to work in support of an organization that addresses some of today’s most challenging problems that face our Nation? Do you want to work in a collaborative team-based environment? Then join us in the Data Sciences and Analytics Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)!

For more than 50 years, PNNL has advanced the frontiers of science and engineering in the service of our nation and the world in the areas of energy, the environment and national security. PNNL is committed to advancing the state-of-the-art in artificial intelligence through applied machine learning and deep learning to support scientific discovery and our sponsors’ missions. Help us advance this frontier and protect our nation!

Data science at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) addresses critical national and global issues by applying scientific and mathematical techniques to multiple data sources and communicating the finding to our sponsors and the academic community. Postdoctoral positions are available in the Data Sciences and Analytics Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. At PNNL we seek to find solutions to national security problems using machine learning and deep learning. The appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal.

We are looking for a motivated person with excellent skills in applied machine learning, deep learning or deep domain knowledge willing to grow into machine learning. Experience with time-series analysis, signal processing or radio-frequency domain is a plus. The candidate should have a PhD (or expect to have one for the starting date). Strong communication skills to successfully collaborate with the other members of the group, and a strong working knowledge of both oral and written English are required.

Research Director- Full Professor, STEM Learning Center

The University of Arizona STEM Learning Center (SLC) announces a search to commence in Fall 2021 for the position of Research Director- Full Professor with Tenure. The SLC is a university-wide center that promotes access to high-quality experiences, resources, and expertise in the STEM fields. The SLC serves as a centralized hub for connecting resources, people, and best practices to inspire and sustain interest in STEM and STEM pathways. In the vision of the SLC, every person has equitable access to STEM experiences that are inclusive and relevant. We aim to investigate and eliminate barriers that limit access to STEM and STEM pathways for diverse populations.

With this position, we seek an individual who can promote the educational aspects of STEM research on campus and broaden participation in STEM learning experiences across the community. The Research Director will nurture innovative projects that have the potential to improve outcomes for underrepresented groups in STEM. This person will serve as an ambassador of education to STEM researchers and a mentor to STEM researchers in outreach to educational programs.

This position will be a joint appointment in the SLC (49%) and the College of Education (51%) at the full professor level. The University of Arizona is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) which strives to increase the enrollment of underrepresented populations in STEM and in expanding their educational opportunities. This position will continue to strengthen our dedication as an HSI to creating educational equity and opportunities.

Applications will be reviewed starting February 22, 2021 and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Coordinate and promote research in STEM fields that identifies and helps to eliminate barriers to participation in STEM learning experiences and pathways

  • Pursue grant opportunities to support individual and/or collaborative research that broadens participation in STEM fields
  • Teach graduate and undergraduate courses in the appointed department with the College of Education
  • Participate in service and community engagement efforts in the department, College of Education, and University of Arizona


  • PhD
  • Published research in STEM, STEM-education, higher education, or other area related to pathways in STEM
  • Research record commensurate with full professor status
  • Experience promoting educational equity in a variety of settings
  • Experience bridging STEM research and STEM education research
  • Experience obtaining grant funding for large research projects
  • Experience administrating STEM education programs
  • Familiarity with current trends and issues in STEM education and STEM pathways

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with the culture and context of the Southwest Border Region
  • Research record related to audiences underrepresented in STEM

Contact Information:

Sara Chavarria, Search Committee Chair (

For additional information, visit or contact Kimberly Sierra-Cajas, SLC Director,

To apply, submit the following materials to [Talentreq4081]:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae
  3. Diversity statement – Diversity statements should describe how candidates’ research, teaching, and service promote and contribute to our shared goals of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in education.
  4. Name and contact information of THREE References (phone and email)

Please upload your documents as one file under the “Additional Documents” slot within your application.

Family legacies that grew from FLC

The Sells-Wheeler Family By Natalia Sells

My name is Natalia Sells (Business Management, ‘18) and I am a second-generation Fort Lewis College alumna. My parents, Earlisa Sells (Student-Constructed Major, ‘06) and Leon Wheeler (Psychology, ‘06 and Student-Constructed Major, ‘07), started at FLC in 2004 when I was 10 years old.

Since we lived in Shiprock, New Mexico, my father commuted to Durango for his lecture classes every other day. Often, he would sleep in the family truck to save on gas and money. Sometimes he would take my siblings and me to the College, where he would reserve a corner window study hall room on the second floor of the Education Business Hall. I remember reading my book and looking out the window at the students changing classes. My younger sister, then three years old, sometimes sat with Dad in his lecture classes…

Congrats to Laura Waller for Receiving the 2021 Optical Society (OSA) Adolph Lomb Medal

Founded in 1916, OSA is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts.

Laura is being honored specifically for important contributions to the advancement of computational microscopy and its applications.

Adolph Lomb was OSA’s treasurer from its founding until his death in 1932.  In recognition of his devotion to OSA and the advancement of optics, the Adolph Lomb Medal, established in 1940, is presented to a person who has made a noteworthy contribution to optics at an early career stage.

She joins an esteemed group of past recipients recognized for their outstanding contributions to the field of optics and photonics.

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