October 21, 2013

Governor Cuomo announces Nano Job Fair to fill high-tech positions in Rochester



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Andrew M. Cuomo - Governor

Albany, New York (October 21, 2013)

November 14 Career Fair at CNSE Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility includes targeted outreach to attract qualified women, veterans, and minority candidates

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) will host a Nano Job Fair on Thursday, November 14 at the CNSE Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility (CNSE MDF) in Rochester, with targeted outreach now underway to attract qualified women, veterans and minority candidates to help fill more than 150 current and future openings. This job fair builds on the Governor’s high-tech strategy to expand New York’s emerging nanotechnology industry across the state.

“The nanotechnology industry is rapidly turning Upstate New York into an international hub for advanced research and development, private investments and high-tech jobs,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are now reaping the benefits of this economic growth as the industry creates new jobs and looks to hire New Yorkers to fill them. I encourage New Yorkers interested in this cutting edge field to participate in this job fair in Rochester next month and begin exploring opportunities today online.”

The Nano Job Fair will be held at 115 Canal Landing Boulevard in Rochester, which was formerly occupied by Kodak’s MEMS inkjet facility before it closed last year. CNSE is transforming the property into the solar industry’s first full-service collaborative facility for research, development, commercialization, and pilot prototyping dedicated to advancing innovative crystalline silicon, or c-Si technologies.

“In accordance with the innovation blueprint of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the SUNY NanoCollege is delighted to work in partnership with the Governor’s Office and State Department of Labor to create new pathways for New Yorkers to build exciting high-tech careers in the state’s fast-growing nanotechnology industry,” said CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros said. “These opportunities offer an enhanced quality of life for residents, while continuing to develop the world-class workforce that is essential to future economic vitality and growth.”

“This is a perfect example of how, under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, we’re connecting workers to careers that will sustain New York’s future,” said Commissioner Peter M. Rivera. “These high-tech jobs are vital to the state’s growth and leadership in the nanotechnology industry. I encourage anyone with experience or interest in the field to participate.”

CNSE and its corporate partners will provide prospective candidates with an opportunity to learn more about the job openings, complete and submit applications, and participate in introductory interviews. A significant outreach effort is being made to encourage women, veterans and minority candidates to participate in the Nano Job Fair.

Among the technical, engineering and infrastructure support positions to be filled are silicon solar process engineers and technicians, solar equipment maintenance technicians, and silicon solar business development positions. Additionally, candidates are being sought for positions in administrative, operational and support roles, ranging from information technology and purchasing to site services, with openings in facilities and maintenance.

Annual salaries range from $35,000 to over $100,000 for the positions, which are funded through the Research Foundation for SUNY (RF), a private, nonprofit, educational corporation that administers sponsored program activity. The RF offers exceptional benefits such as healthcare, dental, vision, pension plans, competitive pay, generous paid time off, tuition assistance, life insurance and long-term disability insurance.

Individuals interested in participating in the job fair are encouraged to pre-register, and to upload their resumes, at


About CNSE. The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development, and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. With more than $17 billion in high-tech investments, CNSE represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, offering students a one-of-a-kind academic experience and providing over 300 corporate partners with access to an unmatched ecosystem for leading-edge R&D and commercialization of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology innovations. CNSE’s footprint spans upstate New York, including its Albany NanoTech Complex, a 1.3 million-square-foot megaplex with the only fully-integrated, 300mm and 450mm wafer computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration lines within 135,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty work here, from companies including IBM, Intel, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Samsung, TSMC, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, and Lam Research. CNSE’s latest expansion, which includes NanoFab Xtension (NFX), headquarters for the world’s first Global 450mm Consortium (G450C), and the Zero Energy Nanotechnology (ZEN) building, a living laboratory for green energy technologies, will add more than 1,000 scientists, researchers, and engineers from CNSE and global corporations. CNSE Kiernan Plaza in downtown Albany is home to CNSE's Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI). CNSE’s Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, which provides a prototyping and demonstration line for next-generation CIGS thin-film solar cells, and the CNSE Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility (CNSE MDF) in Rochester, the solar industry’s first full-service collaborative facility dedicated to crystalline silicon, support CNSE’s leadership of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC). CNSE’s Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Rochester offers state-of-the-art capabilities for MEMS fabrication and packaging. CNSE also co-founded and manages operations at the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (QUAD-C) at SUNYIT and is lead developer of the Marcy Nanocenter site in Utica, and is partnering with AMRI and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to develop the Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub in Buffalo. For information, visit