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MSEL Postdoc Video Description

"Door to The Future"

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National Institute of Standards and Technology
U.S. Department of Commerce

Visual: film countdown leader
Narrator: “MSEL Post-Doc Intro”

Visual: video bars
Text: Project: The Post-Doc Experience @ MSEL”
          Segment: Intro by Dr. Eric J. Amis
          Client: Materials Science and Research Laboratory (MSEL)
          National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Visual: Dr. Eric J. Amis on camera.
Sync: (Dr. Amis) “Our mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness. A significant element of MSEL’s ability to carry out that mission is our Post-Doctoral research program. It’s a two way street. I should know because I was an MSEL Post-Doc myself.”

Text: NRC Post-Doc: 1981-1982

Text: (the show’s title) “The Post-Doc Experience @ MSEL: a door to the future”

Visual: fast-paced montage showing the video’s four featured Post-Docs at work in labs, with colleagues, with mentors.

As the montage continues, the following sync bites appear within it:

Sync: (Christopher Soles) “The most appealing thing about the NRCpost-doctoral program was the doors that it opened…”

Sync: (Josh Martin) “Everyone’s heard of NIST. Everyone knows about NIST.”

Sync: (Cindi Dennis) “It is a very well-paid Post Doc.”

Sync: (Josh Martin) “All those opportunities are here that are
not available elsewhere.”

Sync: (Elisabeth Mansfield) “An NRC post-doc at NIST is a real unique experience.”

Visual: the screen goes to black.

Visual: Josh Martin at work in a lab

Sync: (Josh Martin) “My area of research at MSEL is materials specifically on thermoelectric materials.”

MSEL Ceramics Division
Functional Properties Group
National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD: University of South Florida, 2008

Visual: Josh Martin at work in a lab both alone and with mentor. We hear his words both  Sync Voice-Over.

Sync and Voice Over: (Josh Martin) “The people here have a lot of knowledge and  experience that you don’t find in text books and it’s hard to find even in journal articles and the only way to really get that, you know, is to work side by side with them. So, that’s the thing that really interested me.

I’ve been here about eight months so even in that short time I’ve got to know lots of the scientists here and they’re not only really good scientists, they’re also really good people.

So, you know, in addition to, you know, learning from them and their experience and how to approach science in a different way, you  know, from their perspectives, you know, they’ve also become really good friends.

The thing I would tell prospective post-docs would be the freedom that they might have here in their research. The application process is one in which you propose to do your research, so, in doing that, it gives you the opportunity tosay ‘this is what I’m interested in, this is what I want to study, you know, you guys at NIST have all this great equipment and can I please come use this and, you know, gather from your knowledge and do the research I would like to do.”

Visual: the screen goes to black.

Visual: Cindi Dennis at work in a lab.

Voice-Over: (Cindi Dennis) “My research area is magnetic nanoparticles.

MSEL Metallurgy Division
Staff Physicist, Magnetic Materials Group
NRC Postdoctoral Fellow, 2004-2006
PhD: University of Oxford, 2004

Visual: Cindi Dennis at work in lab both alone and with colleague.
We hear her words both Sync and Voice-Over.

Sync and Voice-Over: (Cindi Dennis)  Specifically my corner of that is biomedical application. My expectations were, basically, when I came in that I would be able to work with a lot of really good equipment and, more importantly, work with a lot of really good people on projects that were of interest to me. And actually my time here has vastly exceeded those expectations because I’ve gotten to work with some equipment that it’s the only kind they have in the world. And then also involved in developing
projects and developing part of the knowledge in-house for particular aspects of magnetism, which is what I work in. I’ve never had an instance in my time at NIST where I haven’t been able to pick up a phone or walk into somebody’s office and say, ‘I understand that you know something about this and I had a question, could you talk to me about it?’ Never had somebody tell me ‘no’.

No matter where you want to end up, whether you want to go into academia, whether you want to go into industry or you want to stay in government, you have the opportunities to explore all of that. If you want to stay in government, which is clearly what I have ended up doing, then these opportunities also mean that you
don’t completely miss out on other aspects that may be enjoyable to you.”

Visual: the screen goes to black.

Visual: Elisabeth Mansfield at work in a lab.
Voice-Over: (Elisabeth Mansfield) “I’ve worked on a carbon nanotube reference material.

Visual: Elisabeth Mansfield on camera.
Sync: (Elisabeth Mansfield) I’ve done the thermal characteri-
zation of this material which has been a  unique experience

MSEL Materials Reliability Division
Cell & Tissue Mechanics
National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD: University of Arizona, 2007

Visual: Elisabeth Mansfield at work in a lab both alone and with colleague.
We hear her words both Sync and Voice-Over.

Sync and Voice-Over: (Elisabeth Mansfield) And, I also work more in the biological side looking at the interactions of nanoparticles with cells and tissue engineering platforms to learn more about the interactions of nanoparticles after they get into biological environment. The NRC program was advertised at my school and I thought it wa a unique opportunity to get some experience in a post doc setting that was not academia and not
industry. So, it was kind of an area in between both of those.

I was looking for a post-doc program where I could do a lot of research and I was hoping that the NRC program would let me do a lot more research without some of the things that would sidetrack me in some other post-doc settings. The reality
is better than my expectations you can really tailor this program to be what you want. You can explore some research that really
interests you and you can seek out opportunities that you really want to have in your  post-doc experience.”

Visual: the screen goes to black.

MSEL Polymers Division
Group Leader, Electronics Materials Group
NRC Postdoctoral Fellow (1999-2001)
PhD: University of Michigan, 1998

Visual: Chris Soles at  work in a lab and meeting with colleagues in his office.
We hear his word both Sync and Voice-Over.

Sync and Voice-Over: (Chris Soles) “We have research projects going on in areas such as organic semiconductor materials. We have projects on patterning lithographic patterning techniques for nanofabrication. We have projects on dimensional
metrology using x-ray scattering. So, a very broad research portfolio.

I think one of the most attractive aspects of the NRC post-doc program for any young PhD is the doors and possibilities it opens for you. After leaving the NRC program you can just as easily go to an academic research lab, at a top rate university. You can get a high paying industrial research job, or you can transfer to
one of the national laboratories, whether it’s NIST or a DoE laboratory, and do very well. All these options remain open to you.

The post doctoral experience at NIST was a lot better than I had originally anticipated. When I got here, it was like I was a kid in a candy store. There were so many great pieces of equipment, so many tools, so many resources. Everybody here has a PhD, all
the research scientists and you can walk down the hallways and find an expert in whatever you’re interested in and they’re always very willing to collaborate with you.”

It just opens up horizons. You can get a lot done.”


Herbert H. Rosen

Tom Tragert

Breck Larson
Tom Tragert

Technical Advisors
Martin Green, PhD
Darva Satcher

Post Docs
Cindi Dennis, PhD
Elisabeth Mansfield, PhD
Joshua Martin, PhD
Christopher Soles, PhD

Advisors and Colleagues to Featured Post Docs
Noah Bernstein
Hae-Jeong Lee, PhD
Virgil Provenzano, PhD
John Read, PhD
Winnie Wong-Ng, PhD
Hyun Wook Ro, PhD
Wen-Li Wu, PhD

MSEL Acting Director
Eric J. Amis, PhD

Executive Producer
Ron E. Meininger
NIST Public and Business Affairs

The display of products and services in this program is for demonstration purposes only and does not imply an endorsement by NIST

Produced by Materials Science and Research Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology

June, 2009



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