Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Vanderbilt University NSF- Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

I am reaching out to inform you that we are now accepting applications for the summer 2019 NSF REU program in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at Vanderbilt University. The application deadline is February 15th.  The Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) focuses on interdisciplinary nanoscale research at the interface of chemistry, physics, biology and engineering. More than 40 faculty participants from the School of Engineering, College of Arts and Science, and the School of Medicine inspire students by creating an atmosphere of excitement and creativity. Each REU participant will work directly with VINSE faculty members and their research groups and be part of the larger VINSE community.

The VINSE REU has a record of success, 70% of former VINSE NSF REU students attend graduate school and have received several awards and honors including:

·         13 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (another 7 received honorable mentions)
·         6 Goldwater Fellowships
·         1 Gates Cambridge Fellowship
·         1 NASA Graduate Fellowship
·         3 NIH Awards: 1 Graduate Fellowship, 1 Postbac ITRA, 1 Oxford-Cambridge Scholar
·         >40% of former REU students have (or are expected to) co-author a journal publication
·         More than half of our former REU students have given a presentation outside the REU program including 21 at National Conferences funded by the REU site

·         Hands-on research in state-of-the-art facilities
·         Seminars, workshops, and field trips
·         Group social activities and banquet
·         Optional outreach opportunities to high school students

·         Undergraduate students majoring in science or engineering
·         U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
·         Minorities and women strongly encouraged to apply

·         $5,000 stipend
·         $500 travel allowance
·         Room and board

We would like to make this opportunity available to your students at all stages of the undergraduate careers and from all institutions including community colleges. We would appreciate if you would forward them this information.  Please visit: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/vinse/reu/ for more information or to apply.

Sarah M. Ross
Program Coordinator | Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
sarah.m.ross@vanderbilt.edu | 615.343.6868

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Summer Internships in Laser Science and Engineering

The Army Research Laboratory’s Advanced Solid-State Lasers Team is involved in creating enabling technology for high power lasers.  Research topics vary over time, but typically include solid-state lasers at cryogenic temperatures, ceramic laser gain media, eye-safer laser concepts, spectroscopy of novel laser materials, fiber lasers, and stimulated Brillouin scattering.  One to three students will be hired as summer interns in 2019.  We are seeking undergraduate and graduate student candidates in physics, electrical engineering, materials sciences, and optics, who are U.S. citizens.  Dual citizenship or permanent residence status is insufficient.  First-time participants must have at least one full year of school to complete following the summer of 2019.  For more information, or to submit a résumé and transcript, send email to DEscholars@arl.army.mil. Applicants should state in the email that they meet both the citizenship and continuing education requirements.  To receive full consideration, applications should be received by February 15, 2019.  Program sponsored by the Directed Energy Professional Society www.deps.org.  This research is pursued at ARL’s facility in Adelphi, MD.

Apply here:

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Engineering Students

Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
·         We help students, faculty, staff, and recent alumni embrace the entrepreneurial mindset.
·         Our programs, events, and competitions are open to all UCF students from all disciplines and degree programs.
·         We also offer FREE one-on-one coaching in the Blackstone LaunchPad (located on the first floor of the Student Union); our coaches have experience from a variety of industries and serve clients at every step of the entrepreneurial journey.

You might be wondering why students in the College of Engineering would be interested in entrepreneurship. Engineering students have a natural knack for innovation; they might know how to create something, but need some guidance on commercialization. We can help students learn and practice the entrepreneurial mindsets and skillsets that are sought after by leading engineering employers like Siemens and Harris.

Upcoming Events and Competitions
·         We’ll be kicking off the semester with a series of events during the second week of classes (1/14-1/18) – all of the events are featured on our website.
·         Additionally, the JOUST New Venture Competition will be taking place this spring, with up to $75,000 awarded in seed funding and in-kind services.
·         More information, including eligibility and important dates, is all available online.

Remember – with the exception of competitions, our resources are available to you as well! If there’s any way the CEL could be of service to your students or for your own entrepreneurial pursuits, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Rachel E. Stern
Assistant Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
College of Business Administration
University of Central Florida

O: (407) 823-3683 | M: (716) 225-9919

Friday, December 14, 2018

Internship at OptiGrate

o    Labview Programmer Intern (> Minimum 6 month employment) 
Job ID: OG18-GI4
Company Name: OptiGrate Corp (an IPG Photonics Company)
Job location: Oviedo, FL (close to UCF)
Position type: Internship, ~20hr/wk (minimum engagement for 6 months)
Desired Education Level: Students in Bachelor or Master of Science programs, UCF students are welcome!
Job Description: The successful candidate will have programming experience in LabVIEW and/or any other computer-based equipment automation programming skills. A strong background in one of the following fields is a must: photonics, physics, materials science, electrical/optical engineering. The successful candidate will work as a member of the development team assisting in equipment automation for optical glass material processing and characterization. In this position the person will have ability to learn about the glass melt process, instrumentation automatization, optical component testing and much more.
Job Requirements
o    Education in photonics, physics, materials science, or electrical/optical engineering.
o    Experience with LabView and/or any other computer-based equipment automation program.
Please submit your resume to: HR@OptiGrate.com

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Inside Sales Position - Newport

This job is open to photonic and optical sciences, and electrical engineering and other engineering positions if relevant experience is at hand.


Please email Benjamin Stuart, former student in the PSE program at:
Direct: 949-437-9863

Inside Sales Engineer

Location:Orlando, FL
Job Category:Sales
Employment Classification:Full Time


MKS Instruments is the world’s largest photonics company providing innovative solutions and industry-leading product brands to multiple markets. Our combined product portfolio includes Corion®, ILX Lightwave™, New Focus™, Newport, Ophir, Oriel® Instruments, Richardson Gratings™, and Spectra-Physics® Lasers. We provide complete photonic solutions to make, manage and measure light.
The Inside Sales Engineer is responsible for the development and qualification of inbound marketing or web-based leads, ensuring that opportunities are quickly identified and distributed to the appropriate owner for action.  Addresses customers’ inbound technical inquiries and provides support.  Close transactional sales opportunities directly, ensuring that customer demand is met quickly and effectively. The role requires effective lead follow up, opportunity identification and qualification, and technical and commercial discovery skills.  Frequent communication with the customers and prospects, as well as coordination with customer success, field sales, internal product management, project management, engineering, manufacturing and quality resources is required. 
Responsible for the development and qualification of inbound leads and customer requests, ensuring that the highest-quality opportunities are shared with the Customer Success and Field Sales teams.   Addresses customers’ technical enquiries for assigned product lines.  Close sales opportunities in named accounts, ensuring that customer demand is met quickly and effectively.  Primary responsibility is to react to customer demand, qualifying and routing leads to appropriate team or closing sale to increase share of wallet.  Secondary responsibilities include maintaining accurate CRM database.  Ability to understand and knowledgeably represent company’s products is a must. Responsible for meeting assigned sales quota.  Works collaboratively in a team environment.
Major Responsibilities:
  • Screen and qualify all inbound leads, converting those with potential to sales opportunities
  • Provide technical support to customers for assigned product lines
  • Successfully convert leads to sales based on MKS benchmarks
  • Understand product capabilities and applications and be able to articulate to prospects
  • Meet assigned productivity standards
  • Manage and maintain order pipeline and opportunities in CRM
Education & Experience:
  • BS degree in Photonics-related field (Physics, Engineering, Applied Science); Advance degreee preferred
  • Demonstrated success in a customer-facing role
  • Demonstrated track record of meeting or exceeding sales goals in previous assignments
  • Demonstrated track record of compliance with sales policy and related regulations
Required Skills:
  • Must possess strong initiative, resiliency, organizational and time management skills
  • Open and communicative, stable and reliable, with strong team work spirit
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Proficient computer, software, and data analysis skills (CRM, Excel, Outlook, Word, Power Point, SAP or equivalent programs)
  • Intellectual curiosity relating to customer needs
Physical Activities:
  • This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 25 pounds. No environmental hazardous or significantly unpleasant conditions (such as in a typical office)
The Company retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Max Plank School of Photonics - PhD program.

Dear Colleagues and Students,
this is for informing you about the recent establishment of the Max Planck School of Photonics (https://www.maxplanckschools.de/en/photonics ).
The Max Planck Schools are a joint research initiative between German universities and German research organisations. In particular, the Max Planck School of Photonics offers a novel PhD program for outstanding students who want to qualify for a career ranging from fundamental oriented up to applied photonic research. During a two year qualifying study phase at one of three teaching universities in Erlangen, Jena, or Karlsruhe, our participants benefit from a curriculum covering a broad range of photonic fundamentals but also specific subjects of late-breaking science. With the Master’s degree, the door to the PhD phase opens and students begin with their active research within the extended network of our Fellows in Aachen, Göttingen, Hamburg and Munich.

The application phase has started and ends on December 15.
Students with a background in physics, electronic engineering or other photonics related fields can apply either for the qualification phase (Master studies) or the PhD research phase.
The program has exceptional scholarships to offer.

More information you can find in the attached documents. The application takes place via that webpage:  https://www.maxplanckschools.de/23572/application

With my best regards,
Carsten Rockstuhl

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

STPI’s Science Policy Fellowship Program


The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) is a congressionally chartered, Federally Funded Research and Development Center operated by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA).

STPI provides independent analytical support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other federal departments and agencies on science and technology (S&T) policy issues. The STPI Science Policy Fellowship Program provides recent bachelor’s or master’s degree recipients a unique opportunity to use their critical thinking and analytic skills to work on a diverse set of challenges in S&T policy areas, including space sciences, innovation and competitiveness, energy, health and life sciences, national security, biotechnology, information technologies, and STEM education.


Fellows will work with teams of researchers to support a wide variety of S&T policy-related tasks. Duties may include conducting survey-based and interview-based research, database development, use of data visualization tools, use of statistical techniques, and other qualitative and quantitative methods to perform project-driven policy analysis. Fellows will have an opportunity to work on one independent research project that will contribute to the scientific, technical, or policy literature. Over the course of the two-year program, experiences will include:
Participation in analyses that support tasking from Federal Government policymakers
Interaction with OSTP and other Federal science agency personnel
Involvement in workshops and discussions on relevant topics
Mentorship from members of the STPI research staff
Training on specific analytical methods and tools
Attendance and presentation at select professional society meetings

This is a full time position and is only open to recent recipients of a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Candidates with degrees higher than a master’s degree will not be considered.
Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree conferred between May 2017 and July 2019.
Candidates with degrees in engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, computer science, mathematical sciences, statistics, and learning sciences are encouraged to apply.
Candidates should possess a strong interest in science and technology policy, although previous policy experience is not required.
Candidates must demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, and will be asked to give a 30-minute presentation on a topic to be assigned during a group interview.
Ideal candidates are able to contribute to and support team efforts.

Application Materials

To be considered for this fellowship opportunity, interested candidates must follow a two-step process:

1) Apply using the link below.

2) Submit via email to STPI-Fellow@ida.org the following documents:
Personal Statement— explain in 1,000 words or less why you want to work in the area of science and technology policy and how your background/experience will contribute to STPI’s work
Writing Sample—5,000 word maximum
Transcripts—unofficial transcript is acceptable for consideration, but an official transcript is needed before any offer of employment will be made
Two Letters of Academic Recommendation—letters must be signed by the individual rendering the reference and delivered as PDF files. Letters can also be sent directly to STPI-Fellow@ida.org by the recommender.

Ensure the application and supporting materials are submitted no later than January 11, 2019.

U.S. Citizenship is required
Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required
Equal Opportunity Employer