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Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

MEMS/NEMS Resonators

Location

Physical Measurement Laboratory, Engineering Physics Division

RO# Location
50.68.31.B8393 Gaithersburg, MD

Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Gorman, Jason J. gorman@nist.gov 301.975.3446

Description

Micro- and nanoelectromechanical (MEMS/NEMS) resonators are used in many critical applications including radio frequency (RF) filtering, timing, and physical sensing. This project investigates a broad range of topics related to the continued development of RF MEMS/NEMS resonators. Several resonator geometries are being developed that combine low-loss mechanical design, unique materials, and electrostatic, electrothermal, and piezoelectric actuation. These resonators are being applied to mass and force sensing, inertial sensing, biochemical sensing, and quantum-limited measurements. New tools are also being developed to better understand the physics of resonators, particularly optical instruments that can measure the motion of micro- and nanostructures with bandwidth exceeding 10 GHz and sub-picometer resolution. These tools are used to investigate device physics, such as transduction efficiency, nonlinear and coupled mode dynamics, and energy dissipation mechanisms.

 

Keywords:
MEMS; NEMS; Microelectromechanical systems; Nanoelectromechanical systems; Resonator; Oscillator; Sensor; Quality factor; Mass sensing; Force sensing; Inertial sensing

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants

Stipend

Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$72,750.00 $3,000.00
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