Friends of PROMISE announce *JOBS!* at Purdue and Brookhaven National Labs

Purdue University – Cluster Hire – STEM Education

Purdue Associate Professor Dr. Levon Esters, one of the mentors from the 2013 PROMISE Summer Success Institute and Co-PI of the Mentoring@Purdue (MAP) program, wants PROMISE to know that his university is hiring, and he wants you to apply!  Dr. Esters wrote the following in his note to PROMISE:

Levon Esters“The integrated STEM teacher education initiative at Purdue is focused squarely on the teaching and learning of science (includes life and agricultural sciences) and mathematics through the integration of engineering design and technological design. Successful candidates will be expected to make a strong contribution to advancing the integrated K-12 STEM teacher education initiative; build collaborative relationships with colleagues in the cluster hire and related disciplines; and provide leadership for ongoing efforts to transform K-12 teacher preparation in STEM disciplines.”

  • Cluster Hire in K-12 Integrated STEM Teacher Education
  • Joint Appointments in College of Education and College of Science, College of Technology, College of Engineering, or College of Agriculture


POSITION: Purdue University is transforming its STEM teacher education as it exists today—from a model of instruction in demarcated subject areas to a model in which teachers learn to integrate scientific inquiry, technological design, engineering design, and mathematical analysis as pedagogical approaches to STEM instruction. To this end, the Colleges of Education, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Agriculture at Purdue University invite applications for six full-time, tenure-track, jointly appointed positions at the level of assistant, associate, or full professor to join the new K-12 Integrated STEM Teacher Education Initiative.




PROMISE is one of the new awardees for the National Science Foundation’s AGEP-T program. Brookhaven National Labs is also one of the awardees. Leaders at Brookhaven came to UMBC last week to invite graduate students and postdocs from our AGEP-T (any campus within the University System of Maryland) to apply for their positions. We will be planning a system-wide trip to Brookhaven’s headquarters next year.  Please apply for these great opportunities.

Brookhaven Postdoctoral Research Associate

Position Description

The Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET) Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate for a two-year study on the development of an innovative new control platform for micro-grids. Applicants for this position must have a PhD in electrical power systems with a strong focus on modeling and analysis of electrical networks, including distribution systems and microgrids.  Experience modeling electrical networks with integrated renewable energy sources, including solar, wind and grid-scale storage is required.  Applicants must have experience performing load flow and short circuit analyses, control system design and modeling, and power electronics analysis.  Experience with Matlab/Simulink and other common power system analytical software such as SimPowerSystems, PSS/E and/or PSLF is also required.  Candidates with PSCad experience, ETAP experience, C/C++ experience and statistics background are preferred.  Proficiency with MS Office software, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint is also required. Candidates must have good written and oral communication skills, be willing to take direction, and be able to work with others as part of a project team. The SET Department, in collaboration with others, is performing research to develop and demonstrate a Smart Micro-grid technology solution that is suitable for deployment at facilities that are large integral consumers of electricity and that would benefit from operation as a controlled micro-grid. The proposed Smart Micro-grid technology will employ an innovative new Smart Grid Sensor developed by one of the outside organizations collaborating on this project. This project will involve the deployment of a matrix of Smart Grid Sensors on the BNL campus to demonstrate and validate their performance.  The 5300 acre BNL campus is an ideal test bed for the demonstration of smart micro-grid technologies since it consists of a mixture of specialized facilities ranging from industrial/research installations, conventional office space, warehouses, and manufacturing shops, to childcare facilities and residential cottages, apartments, and dormitories. Upon successful demonstration of the technology, the basic Smart Micro-grid will be scaled up to expand and refine the capability of the Smart Micro-grid system to collect and analyze complete baseline data that will enable improvements in efficiency and reliability. A methodology will be developed for improved micro-grid modeling to support intelligent micro-grid design and implementation using collected baseline data. The successful applicant will work with other researchers on the project team in support of this two-year study. Responsibilities will include modeling and analysis of the BNL electrical distribution system; testing and evaluation of the Smart Grid Sensors; review and analysis of operational data obtained from the matrix of sensors; development and testing of smart micro-grid control software; and integration and control of smart micro-grid components. This position will be in the SET Department, reporting to the Renewable Energy Group Leader, Robert Lofaro. Please respond to position 15906 at the BNL web site under “Jobs”


Brookhaven Project

Position Description

This  project seeks to understand basic chemistry and physics of molecular materials, especially conjugated polymers, for efficient capture of solar energy. The project examines electron, holes and excited states in long, conjugated molecules using transient techniques like pulse radiolysis and laser photoexcitation. It examines the natures of those carriers of charge or excitation, how they move and how electrons and holes escape from each other to give useful energy storage.   Candidates should have a Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, materials science or related fields and an ability and interest to work in a chemical laboratory with instrumental techniques.

Contact T. Buck,


Brookhaven Postdoctoral Research Associate

Position Description

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Electrochemical Assembly of Nanomaterials  – The Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at Brookhaven National Laboratory seeks to fill an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in a project on the electrochemical assembly of nanoparticle heterostructures for energy-related applications.  The scientific focus will be on the fabrication and characterization of monolayers and multilayers of colloidal transition metal oxide nanomaterials to comprise energy conversion architectures (such as photovoltaic devices).  The research will utilize existing colloidal nanoparticle synthesis facilities and state-of-the-art electrophoretic deposition equipment, combined with a broad assortment of world-class nanomaterials characterization facilities within the CFN.  This project is laboratory intensive—much of the work involves colloidal chemistry, nanoparticle film fabrication, materials characterization, and measurement.  The qualified candidate will have a Ph.D. in an appropriate discipline (Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, or Physics) and significant experience with nanoparticle synthesis and materials characterization.  Expertise with nanomaterials, such as titanium dioxide nanoparticles, and with electrophoretic deposition is a plus.  Expertise in electronic device characterization, such as cyclic voltammetry, is essential.  Expertise in nanoscale materials characterization and analysis, such as electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, and others, is very important. The successful applicant will demonstrate an ability to work independently within broadly defined research directions, and an ability to supervise and to perform research and technical duties of the laboratory.  Applications should include a CV, a publication list, and a one page statement of your research experiences and interests as a single document (PDF or Word document).  This project is under the direction of James H. Dickerson, Center for Functional Nanomaterials.

Contact T. Buck,


Please apply for the positions.


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Author:Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland (, and Professor of the Practice in the College of Engineering & IT. She is Special Assistant to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Director of Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development for the University System of Maryland (12 institutions). She is the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) –, and Co-PI for the USM LSAMP. Her research is on global diversity in STEM and she is an international speaker, covering nearly all continents, for groups and conferences such as the World Engineering Education Forum, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, and the Pacific Sciences Congress. Her personal website is: Connect with her on Google+ Follow on Twitter: @Renetta_Tull;

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