Career as a Nanosystem Engineer


Nanosystem Engineers design, develop, or supervise the production of materials, devices, or systems of unique molecular or macromolecular composition, applying principles of nanoscale physics and electrical, chemical, or biological engineering.

Conduct research related to a range of nanotechnology topics, such as packaging, heat-transfer, fluorescence detection, nanoparticle dispersion, hybrid systems, liquid systems, nanocomposites, nanofabrication, optoelectronics, and nanolithography.

They create designs or prototypes for nanosystem applications, such as biomedical delivery systems and atomic force microscopes. Design or engineer nanomaterials, nanodevices, nano-enabled products, or nanosystems, using threedimensional computer-aided design (CAD) software. Coordinate or supervise the work of suppliers or vendors in the designing, building, or testing of nanosystem devices, such as lenses or probes. Design or conduct tests of new nanotechnology products, processes, or systems. Provide scientific or technical guidance and expertise to scientists, engineers, technologists, technicians, or others using knowledge of chemical, analytical, or biological processes as applied to micro and nanoscale systems.

The duties of Nanosystem Engineers includes to write proposals to secure external funding or to partner with other companies, synthesize, process, or characterize nanomaterials, using advanced tools or techniques. They also supervise technologists or technicians engaged in nanotechnology research or production and prepare reports, deliver presentations, or participate in program review activities to communicate engineering results or recommendations. They also provide scientific or technical guidance or expertise to scientists, engineers, technologists, technicians, or others, using knowledge of chemical, analytical, or biological processes as applied to micro and nanoscale systems.

Work Environment

Nanosystems Engineers work in laboratories. They might spend a great deal of time using the computer to design and model nanodevices. When fabricating and testing their devices, they use sophisticated machinery and chemistry. Nanosystems engineers usually work in teams with other engineers, and as such, need good communication and group problem-solving skills. They are typically employed by either military or corporate research and development laboratories, or run their own research laboratories in academic settings.

Entry Level Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nanosystems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or Bioengineering, and Laboratory experience with Nano production.
  • Master's Degree in Nanoscience’s, Nanoengineering, or in a related fields.
  • PhD in Nanoscience’s, Nanoengineering.

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