Education and Outreach - RET Ad 2014

High- and Middle-School Science Teachers
Nanoscience Research Opportunity
(Summer 2014)

The University of Nebraska hosts a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) entitled Quantum and Spin Phenomena in Nanomagnetic Structures. The MRSEC is funded by the National Science Foundation and involves faculty and students from Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering in state-of-the-art research on nanoscale ferroic materials, and offers many different opportunities for middle- and high-school science teachers to become involved. We are seeking two science teachers to become engaged in this research during the summer of 2014. A summer stipend will be provided and regular visits and other contacts with the teacher and his/her classes will continue during the 2014/2015 academic year. The summer stipend will be $1,000 per week of full time commitment to the MRSEC project for a period up to eight weeks.

The selected teachers will become involved in one of the following research thrusts:

  • Novel magnetic clusters and cluster-assembled nanocomposites
  • Magnetic nanostructures controlled by external stimuli
  • Ultra-high-sensitivity magnetometry of nanostructures
  • Self-assembled magnetic nanostructures
  • Magnetization dynamics of nanomagnetic structures
  • Electrically-controlled exchange bias and novel piezomagnetic materials
  • Ferroelectric and multiferroic tunnel junctions
  • Electron and spin transport in magnetic nanojunctions
  • “Seed” thrusts in multiferroics in complex oxide heterostructures, magnetic nanoparticles based therapeutics, and memristive behavior in oxide heterostructures.

The applicant should provide:

  • Full curriculum vitae
  • List of science and math courses taken during his/her undergraduate curriculum
  • Brief statement (no more than one page) of what he/she expects to gain from this opportunity
  • Letter from his/her high-school principal supporting the application
  • The name and contact information for one other reference who can speak to the applicant’s interest and ability in science

Application deadline: March 15, 2014

For more information, please contact:
Professor Stephen Ducharme
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68588-0299
Tel: (402) 472-8590