The Elings Prize Fellowships in Experimental Science

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The California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI) at UC Santa Barbara invites applications for the Elings Prize Postdoctoral Fellowships in experimental nanoscience. Eligible research can be in any area of the physical sciences, biology, or engineering. The fellowships provide a salary of $60,000/yr. for two years, renewable for a third, along with benefits and research funds.

Successful applicants will work with, and receive partial support from, experimentalists on the CNSI faculty; applications must be coordinated with the relevant faculty supervisor(s). Fellowship recipients must have completed a Ph.D. in science or engineering prior to their arrival at CNSI.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2015
Application Status Notification: early April 2015


All applicants must be potential postdoctoral researchers who intend to perform their research at UCSB under the direction of a CNSI faculty member. Current UCSB graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are not eligible to participate in this competition.

Graduate Students who will have obtained their PhDs prior to the Fall are encouraged to apply for the current competition.

Application Process and Deadlines

Only applications submitted online will be considered in the application review process. All application materials including letters of recommendation and research plans are due by the published application deadline. A letter of recommendation may be submitted by the proposed advisor.

How to Apply

Applications must include:

  1. A cover letter summarizing the applicant's background, indicating the area of proposed research, and listing the experimental group(s) with which the research will be pursued.
  2. A complete curriculum vitae of the applicant's educational and professional experience, listing all publications.
  3. A one-page research summary, to be completed in coordination with the proposed faculty supervisor.
  4. Three supporting letters of recommendation to be submitted by the recommenders directly through the fellowship website at: Recommenders may submit their letters online only. When the names and email addresses of the recommenders are entered into the online application, they will receive a message instructing them how to electronically submit their recommendations.

Email inquiries can be sent to:

Experimental Groups

Applicants must indicate in their cover letter the experimental group(s) with whom they would be interested in working; prior contact with potential experimental advisors is mandatory. An alphabetical list of the faculty may be found on the CNSI Faculty page. Collaborative research projects are highly encouraged.


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2014 Elings Prize Fellows

Revital Kaminker

Revital was born in Israel and carried out her undergraduate studies in chemistry at Tel Aviv University (B.Sc., cum laude, 2006). She received her M.Sc. (2009) and Ph.D. (2014) from the Weizmann Institute of Science, where she worked with Professor Milko E. van der Boom on molecule-based assemblies on solid surfaces and in soft matter. She collaborated with the Nitschke group from the University of Cambridge on the formation of surface-confined helicates. Revital will join CNSI as an Elings Fellow in July 2014.

Zachary M. Hudson

Zac was born in Ottawa, Canada, and completed his B.Sc. and Ph.D. at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario under the supervision of Prof. Suning Wang. His doctoral work focused on the development of luminescent platinum- and boron-containing materials and their use in organic electronics. In 2012, joined the group of Prof. Ian Manners at the University of Bristol as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow, where he examined the self-assembly of functional block copolymer nanostructures. Zac will join CNSI as an Elings Fellow in September 2014.

John G. Labram

John was born in Bath, United Kingdom, and received his undergraduate degree in Physics from The University of Warwick in 2008. He received his PhD from Imperial College London in Experimental Solid State Physics in 2011. During his PhD John studied ambipolar organic field-effect transistors under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Anthopoulos. Between 2011 and 2013 John took a break from academia and worked for The Royal Bank of Scotland as a currency-options trader. Here he specialized in understanding and predicting trends in the volatility of emerging-market currencies. John will join CNSI as an Elings Fellow in November 2014.