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RAP opportunity at Air Force Science and Technology Fellowship Program     AF STFP

Optical and Electromechanical Microsystems


Air Force Institute of Technology

opportunity location
13.50.00.C0105 AFIT, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337542


name email phone
Hengky Chandrahalim (937) 255-3636


The AFIT Microsystems Lab is dedicated to integrating engineering science, materials, and innovative hybrid fabrication processes. Our goal is to design and fabricate multifunctional microsystems that advance photonics, phononics, and electronics. These microsystems have a wide range of applications, tackling large-scale societal challenges in health, environment, communication, transportation, energy, and security. Our research focuses on synergistically intercoupling the properties of photons, phonons, and electrons in solid and liquid media. This approach aims to create a higher degree of multifunctional, smart microsystems and a network of microsystems. These systems are designed to interact with each other at the microscale and have the capability to communicate with humans and the environment. Our research holds the potential to significantly improve quality of life by developing more sensitive and intelligent molecular and environmental sensors, enhanced health monitoring systems, more portable and cost-effective radio frequency (RF)/microwave/photonic communication and processing systems, and advanced security systems. We maintain close collaborations with world-class researchers at AFRL. The selected associate will gain access to state-of-the-art nanofabrication and characterization facilities at AFIT and AFRL.

The ideal candidate for the Research Associate position should have a PhD degree in engineering science or a related field. Training or work experience in areas related to the aforementioned research thrusts is essential. A background in microfabrication is beneficial. The position requires strong communication skills and the ability to work independently within an interdisciplinary team.

Research web site


D. D. Lynes, J. Young, E. Lang, and H. Chandrahalim, "Impact of silicon ion irradiation on aluminum nitride-transduced microelectromechanical resonators," Adv. Mater. Interfaces, 10 (32), 2023, pp. 2300240.

J. C. Williams, H. Chandrahalim, J. S. Suelzer, and N. G. Usechak, "Multiphoton nanosculpting of optical resonant and non-resonant microsensors on fiber tips," ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 14 (17), 2022, pp. 19988 - 19999.

D. D. Lynes, H. Chandrahalim, J. E. Bevins, and J. C. Petrosky, "Effects of gamma ray radiation on the performance of microelectromechanical resonators," Adv. Eng. Mater., 25 (14), 2023, pp. 2201837.

J. C. Williams, H. Chandrahalim, J. S. Suelzer, and N. G. Usechak, "Two-photon nanomachining of a micromechanically enhanced optical cavity sensor on an optical fiber tip," Adv. Photonics Res., 3 (6), 2022, pp. 2100359.

H. Chandrahalim, Q. Chen, A. A. Said, M. Dugan, and X. Fan, "Monolithic optofluidic ring resonator lasers created by femtosecond laser nanofabrication," Lab Chip, 15, 2015, pp. 2335-2340.

H. Chandrahalim, S. C. Rand, and X. Fan, "Fusion of renewable ring resonator lasers and ultrafast laser inscribed photonic waveguides," Sci. Rep., 6, 2016, pp. 32668.

L. Wan, H. Chandrahalim, C. Chen, Q. Chen, T. Mei, Y. Oki, N. Nishimura, L. Jay Guo, and X. Fan, "On-chip, high-sensitivity temperature sensors based on dye-doped solid-state polymer microring lasers," Appl. Phys. Lett., 111, 2017, pp. 061109.

key words
Optics; Photonics; MEMS; Acoustics; Electromechanics; Quantum mechanics; Optofluidics; Nonlinear optics; Optomechanics; Sensors; Actuators; Lasers; Resonators; Microfabrication; Nanofabrication; Microfluidics; Microsystems; Nanotechnology


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$95,000.00 $5,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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