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ANFF Staff Travel Fund announced

ANFFL has announced a Staff Travel Fund that will help to pay for interstate travel of ANFF node’s staff to other ANFF facilities.

Grants are available for up to AU$2,000 and cover interstate airfares, food and accommodation.

The fund is designed to help increase staff awareness of the capabilities available across the ANFF network, to build closer linkages between nodes, and increase opportunities for collaboration.

The fund provides reimbursement to nodes for staff to travel to undertake activities intended to enhance the capabilities of the applicant’s home node, the node being visited, or the wider ANFF network.

Successful applicants will be required to present a talk on their home node at the node they are visiting, and also to report back on their trip with a talk once they arrive back home.

Applicants must hold a position at least partly funded by the ANFF and must hold that position when the travel occurs.

Please follow these links for more information:
Travel fund guidelines 2017-18 pdf
Travel fund guidelines 2017-18 docx

2017 ANFF - AMMRF Annual Research Showcase

This year the Australian National Fabrication Facility and the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility will be jointly holding an Annual Research Showcase on 22 and 23 November 2017 at the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Sydney Nanoscience Hub. The event will present a mix of high quality academic and industrial papers, which will provide attendees an insight into the innovative developments and trends in the field of micro and nanofabrication and characterisation.

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Positions available at Optofab

ANFF's Optofab node is looking for skilled process and equipment engineers to grow its micro and nanofabrication facility at the University of Sydney.

This is a great opportunity to join the team as it builds up this new facility in a purpose-built state-of-the-art cleanroom in the Sydney Nanoscience Hub building, the home of the Australian Institute of Nanoscale Science and Technology. The facility is one of the University’s Core Research Facilities, and part of the Australian National Fabrication Facility network.

It’s an exciting time as the building and cleanroom are very new, about a third of the equipment is installed and running with new tools arriving regularly. The facility needs to build the team that runs these tools, and will work with researchers from academia and industry on a wide range of cutting edge research projects.

Optofab is currently recruiting into three positions, which close on 21st September.

Senior Process Engineer: Nanofabrication

Senior Process Engineer: Etching

Senior Professional Officer ANFF QLD

This position is research supporting and research focussed but very much service orientated to a range of clients including Universities, Institutes, Government bodies and agencies and Industry. It is expected that this position will expand the expertise for cutting edge science and technology development.

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Frater Awards applications now open

Applications for the ANFF Frater Award for Staff Development are now open.

Falling Walls Lab Australia 2017 12 September 2017, Shine Dome Australian Academy of Science, Canberra

You are invited to an inspiring and innovative forum for young researchers – the Falling Walls Lab Australia. The Lab will provide a platform for 25 excellent young researchers and social scientists, academics, entrepreneurs and professionals from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Island Nations to present their research work, business model, innovative project, social initiative or idea in front of peers and a distinguished audience from academia and business. It is fast-paced and challenging: each participant has just 3 minutes on stage. The panel of seven eminent judges from academia, business, government, and finance will select the winner of this event. This distinguished jury will be chaired by Dr Charles Day, CEO of the Office of Innovation & Science Australia.

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New $10,000 Grant for Mid-Career Researchers

The Capstone Editing Grant for Mid-Career Researchers provides one researcher per year with $10,000 of seed funding for a research project to assist in the development of a grant application.

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Facility Business Manager and Facility Projects Manager positions at ANFF-NSW

The NSW Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility based at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia is currently recruiting for two senior positions:

Facility Business Manager (job ID 58824) - key responsibility is the development and implementation of strategic plans, policies and procedures for the operation of the facility's nano-fabrication cleanrooms and specialised laboratories.
Facility Business Manager position description and instruction for applicants.

Facility Projects Manager (job ID 58823) - key responsibility is the facilitation of researcher access to the facility's nano-fabrication cleanrooms and specialised laboratories.
Facility Projects Manager position description and instruction for applicants.

ANFF-NSW Nano- and Micro-Engineering Winter School 17-19 July 2017

ANFF-NSW will be hosting a Nano- and Micro-Engineering Winter School from 17-19 July 2017.

The program features research presentations across a wide range of disciplines, seminars on nano- and micro-fabrication techniques as well as lab-based demonstrations and practical sessions. Full program details are available . View more.

World’s first demonstration of large-scale printed solar cells

The ANFF Materials Node can print power!

On 15 May, the University of Newcastle (UoN) unveiled a 100 m2 printed solar demonstration, one of only three in the world. Significantly it is the only one that can be printed cost-effectively on a large scale for less than $10 / m2. View more