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How do you know if space will work?

  • Look at the total square feet
  • How is it laid out? Can you imagine/plan your work in that space?
  • How close is the space to colleagues of interest to you? To requisite shared equipment?
  • Is it near your proposed office? Far away? Which do you want (people vary a lot)?
  • Think about what you envision doing and then put yourself and your research group in the proposed space

Questions to ask

Space may be “start-up” with the potential to expand when your group expands (it may also not be expandable)

  • Ask if additional space will be possible when your group reaches critical mass
  • Ask if “shared” space is feasible when you expand beyond current assigned space

Questions to ask

  • Does your teaching assignment matter to you?
    • Within what limits?
    • What courses would you like to teach?
    • What would you be willing to teach?
  • Will you have a teaching “break” as you start your research program? How long?
  • Will you have TA support?



How do you know if the salary is in the appropriate range?

  • Hard to get salary figures from privates
  • Can get national “averages,” but may not be informative
  • Talk with faculty in your department to get a sense of the starting range in your field
  • Think about what you need to live with some level of comfort in the community
    • Salaries vary considerably depending on local cost-of-living

Can i ask for more?

Salary is the most sensitive of the issues in some ways

  • The department wants you to come, so they’ll work hard to offer a good salary
  • Your salary impacts the salary ladder in the department/school/institution
  • Providing a salary higher than previously hired assistant professors (or worse still, associate professors/professors) creates long-standing resentments and problems
  • If you ask for more, do it with good information and no expectations

State vs. Private institutions

  • State institutions have greater “rule-based” limitations
    • Salary grades may be set and harder to negotiate
    • Less flexibility in fund management
  • Private institutions are generally smaller
    • Stepping out of “salary lineup” has greater consequences

Appointment terms

Initial term of appointment is set by institutional policies

  • 3 year, 4 year with renewal is common
    • Renewal is determined by a review process
  • Tenure decision at 6-8 years is common
    • Tenure is determined by internal/external review process
  • Definition of academic year/summer also may vary with institutions

When to talk about start-up

  • You can inquire generally about research start-up during the interview process.
  • If a faculty member (or the Chair) asks you about equipment needs, answer them clearly and concisely
  • If the Chair initiates a discussion of start-up needs, provide detailed and clear information, keeping the option to give more information later
  • Ascertain whether the information sought is for equipment/supplies (usual) or everything

Form of information

  • If the request is verbal, provide verbal answers and inquire if more detailed information would be useful
  • If more detailed information is requested, give written information
    • Excel sheet is easy to manage (can give hard copy and also send via email)
    • Make sure that all information is correct and pricing is current

      • Use catalog prices or quotations

Questions & Answers

Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
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Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
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of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
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I'm interested in nanotube
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Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
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good afternoon madam
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what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
I'm interested in Nanotube
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
can nanotechnology change the direction of the face of the world
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At high concentrations (>0.01 M), the relation between absorptivity coefficient and absorbance is no longer linear. This is due to the electrostatic interactions between the quantum dots in close proximity. If the concentration of the solution is high, another effect that is seen is the scattering of light from the large number of quantum dots. This assumption only works at low concentrations of the analyte. Presence of stray light.
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