November 07, 2012

More than 750 people participate in Nano Job Fair at UAlbany NanoCollege

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Supported by targeted outreach to attract qualified women, veterans and minority applicants,
event at CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex recruits candidates for over 300 current and future openings

Albany, NY – Supporting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s leadership in building a world-class nanotechnology industry in New York, and demonstrating widespread interest in being part of the state’s fastest-growing high-tech workforce, more than 750 people participated in the Nano Job Fair held this evening at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany, an event designed to recruit candidates for more than 300 current and future openings encompassing a variety of exciting career opportunities.

“The Nano Job Fair is welcome news for all job seekers in New York, and further proof that our investments in nanotechnology are stimulating local economies across New York and creating jobs for our families,” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said. “With more than 300 positions available, the Global 450mm Wafer Consortium of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering offers many exciting opportunities for professionals of all backgrounds in this fast-growing field.”

“Galvanized by the vision and leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York continues to earn worldwide recognition as the global epicenter of the emerging nanotechnology sector,” said CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros. “The overwhelming turnout at CNSE’s Nano Job Fair illustrates the success of the Governor’s innovation-driven economic approach to creating and sustaining the new New York, which is enabling a wide variety of exciting career opportunities that are open to individuals across New York State.”

Buoyed by a significant outreach effort to encourage women, veterans, and minority candidates to participate, along with CNSE's partnering with the New York State Department of Labor to connect job seekers from across the state with these numerous job opportunities, as directed by Governor Cuomo, the Nano Job Fair gave applicants the opportunity to take part in introductory interviews with representatives of CNSE as they applied for a number of job openings. Included were technical, engineering and infrastructure support positions, such as engineering and process operator positions for CNSE’s Global 450mm Wafer Consortium (G450C), Center for Semiconductor Research (CSR), and U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC); facilities operations technicians with skills in HVAC and nanoelectronics tool fit-up and maintenance; and environmental health and safety officers.

Additionally, a number of opportunities were available in administrative, operational and support positions, in areas that include information technology, purchasing, and site services, with roles ranging from security officers to cleaning and maintenance personnel. The exceptional response to both the technical and non-technical career opportunities will lead to a second Nano Job Fair in the coming weeks, so that all New Yorkers who are looking for a job in the cutting-edge nanotechnology industry will get the chance to apply.

Annual salaries range from $35,000 to over $100,000 for the positions, which are funded through the Research Foundation for SUNY (RF), a private, nonprofit, educational corporation that administers sponsored program activity for the University at Albany. The RF offers exceptional benefits such as healthcare, dental, vision, pension plans, competitive pay, generous paid time off, tuition assistance, life insurance and long-term disability insurance.

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About CNSE. The UAlbany CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience and nanoeconomics. With more than $14 billion in high-tech investments, CNSE represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, offering students a one-of-a-kind academic experience and providing over 300 corporate partners with access to an unmatched ecosystem for leading-edge R&D and commercialization of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology innovations. CNSE’s footprint spans upstate New York, including its Albany NanoTech Complex, an 800,000-square-foot megaplex with the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 85,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 2,700 scientists, researchers, engineers, students and faculty work here, from companies including IBM, Intel, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Samsung, TSMC, Toshiba, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML and Lam Research. An expansion now underway, part of which will house the world’s first Global 450mm Consortium, will add nearly 500,000 square feet of next-generation infrastructure, an additional 50,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms, and more than 1,000 scientists, researchers and engineers from CNSE and global corporations. In addition, CNSE’s Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon provides a prototyping and demonstration line for next-generation CIGS thin-film solar cells, supporting its leadership of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC). CNSE’s Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Rochester offers state-of-the-art capabilities for MEMS fabrication and packaging. CNSE also co-founded and manages operations at the Computer Chip Commercialization Center at SUNYIT in Utica and is a co-founder of the Nanotechnology Innovation and Commercialization Excelerator in Syracuse. For information, visit www.cnse.albany.edu.

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Media Contacts:

Steve Janack, CNSE Vice President for Marketing and Communications
(518) 956-7322 | sjanack@albany.edu