Nanotech opportunities focus of new Albany job fair

More than 800 people turned out to a Nano Job Fair at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineeri

More than 800 people turned out to a Nano Job Fair at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in the hopes of working in the fast-growing field of nanotechnology.

The event intended to draw in women, veterans and minority candidates, who showed up in large numbers to the Albany campus Saturday. CNSE is looking to fill more than 300 current and future openings at the NanoCollege, including positions with the Global 450mm Wafer Consortium, a five-company organization designed to support the industry transition from 300mm wafer to 450mm wafer production.

“The rapid growth of New York’s world-class nanotechnology industry is creating new opportunities to build our high-tech economy and to establish exciting careers for young people and families throughout the state,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a news release. “… the Nano Job Fair provides a pathway for 21st century jobs in New York’s expanding technology sector, and I am delighted to see the tremendous response and participation in this important event.”

The job fair is a first-of-its-kind effort led by the Department of Labor and CNSE. At the fair, job seekers filled out and submitted applications and participated in introductory interviews with CNSE representatives.

Among the job offerings were positions in technical, engineering and infrastructure support, engineering and process operators, environmental health and safety officers, and facilities operations technicians with skills in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, maintenance and nanoelectronics tool fit-up. Candidates were also interviewed for administrative, operational and support positions, ranging from information technology and purchasing to site services. Security officers, cleaning and maintenance positions are also available.

Annual salaries range from $35,000 to more than $100,000, funded through the Research Foundation for SUNY.

Pre-registration exceeded the 800-registrant capacity, so organizers are planning to schedule another job fair in the next few months to fill an additional 300 jobs.

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