These days there are multiple disciplines having great scope and career opportunities across the globe. One of them is nanotechnology. In short this refers to the study and application of very small or nano things/particles which have relevance and application across fields like biology, physics, materials science, engineering and chemistry.
Considered one of the “IT” fields for growth and development, nanotechnology hold many opportunities for aspirants desiring to make a career in this area. Interested aspirants can look forward to rewarding career opportunities in areas like medicine, pharma, IT, energy, chemicals, advanced materials, textiles etc. Alternatively, one can chart out a well placed career in research based profession, especially in fields like agriculture, cosmetics, food and beverage and many such related areas. The scope is very broad and wide, suiting different interests. There is a rough estimation that approximately 1 million jobs will be available related to nanotechnology globally in the next few years. This makes it a lucrative field to enter into if you are holding a Master’s in basic subjects or science of engineering or even chemistry.
Some of the world’s finest institutions offer various programs across different disciplines of nanotechnology. Some of the ones from across the globe are as follows, listed country wise and institution wise.
Fullgen Technologies offers international students postdoctoral fellowship in Nanotechnology which includes $8500 Argentine pesos per month for rental and other living expenses in Argentina. The same covers medical coverage and one month vacation too. Aspirants need to have a background in physics, biology, electronics, biochem, biotechnology and materials sciences. The selected candidates will need to work in areas of research pertaining to Biosensing, Nanopores and Nonoelectronics.
Russia-Tomsk Polytechnic University
The Tomsk Polytechnic University located in Russia offers two postdoctoral fellowships in nanotechnology. The same includes a basic salary of approximately 1,700 USD per month and bonus. Candidates must have a PhD in Materials Sciences or Materials Engineering.
The Smalley Institute at the Rice University is dedicated to the research and study of nanotechnology and related fields. It is considered one of the best such institutions on a global scale. All the significant branches such as nanophysics, nano engineering etc are all covered at this prestigious institution. One of the leading places for advanced study in this field, the Institute offers two coveted scholarships.
The J.Evans Attwell/Welch Fellowship was set up in 1998 to recognize the contribution of Attwells leadership of the Rice and Welch Foundation. The coveted fellowship was first awarded in 2002. Globally, it is recognized as an honor amongst scientists and engineers to win these scholarships. All the recipients tend to be appointed as tenure-track faculty in leading universities across the globe.
The second one is the Carl and Lillian Illig Fellowship in Nanotechnology- Established in 1997, the same was awarded only in 2013 after full funding was made available. The focus lies in investing in developing leading researchers in the subject as well as contributing towards enlarging the influence across nanotechnology field itself.
Offered by the National Institute of Arts and Sciences (NIAS) is a non-profit institute focused on contributing on various matters to improve the US Science Policy. It offers positions to post doctoral fellows in the area of nanotechnology. These positions are for the nanotechnology research network set jointly by the NIAS and the American Nano Society. The positions are for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Jimma University, Ethiopia. The selected fellows stand to earn a salary of $24000-$30000. Housing is provided and the commutation by air is free.
Switzerland based, The Paul Scherrer Institute, or PSI, is one of the most prominent and largest research centre for natural and engineering sciences. The Institute has the Laboratory for Micro and Nanotechnology which is dedicated to advanced research in all related areas, like nanostructures, X-ray optics, laser studies, photonics, microelectronics etc. The Institute is looking for Si-based opto-electronics fellows to join the team and contribute to the ongoing research studies. The suitable candidate must be a PhD in physics or electrical engineering with skills in nanotechnology and laser devices. The candidate will be expected to be an independent researcher and contribute as a core team member too. The post offers systematic training, opportunities for personal development, and overall training. The Institute will support family life and other personal interests and offer state of the art modern employment facilities.
This position is for the research area of hollow carbon nanosphere alloy anodes and the project falls under the area of carbon nano-materials Li-ion batteries. This IC community Postdoctoral research fellowship program has been set up to fund unclassified basic research in various disciplines that may be of interest to the Intelligence Community. Established in 2000, this program funds several fellows from across various institutions throughout the USA,
This position is with one of the leading research institutes- The University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN). The institute conducts multiple discipline researches across various specialized fields. The position is for leading the research towards developing a stable polio vaccine on the Nanopatch, which is invented by a resident professor. The position is a full-time, and for a year.
Some of the above positions involve leading teams and doing path-breaking work in the development of new products or concepts. Nanotechnology is the new frontier and the career option to watch out for in the next ten years.