Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor- Optical Physics (Multiple Positions) | Wyant College of Optical Sciences

Nov. 29, 2022
Posting Number req12489
Department James C Wyant Coll Optical Sci
Department Website Link
Medical Sub-Speciality  
Location Main Campus
Address 1630 E University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721 USA
Position Highlights The Wyant College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona is seeking outstanding candidates for a tenure/tenure-track faculty position at all levels that will further enhance the college’s prestigious program in Optical Physics. We encourage applications from researchers whose work will complement or strengthen current efforts at the University of Arizona and benefit from the strong ties that exist between the Wyant College of Optical Sciences and the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science and the College of Engineering.

The Wyant College of Optical Sciences supports the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. We welcome and encourage everyone, including individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups, to apply. The prevailing candidate will be expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the college.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

The Wyant College of Optical Sciences has been very fortunate to receive philanthropic support to create 14 new Endowed Chairs in Optical Science positions in the College.  Outstanding applicants will also be considered as potential recipients for the eight Endowed Chairs that remain to be awarded, six of which have been publicly announced:

  • Jack Lee Jewell Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences
  • Jean M. Bennett Optica Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences
  • Thomas R. Brown Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences
  • Nelson E. Claytor Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences
  • John B. Hayes Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences
  • Robert M. Edmund Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences

The Wyant College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona is world-renowned for the breadth and depth of its research and education programs in Optical Sciences. The college’s Optical Physics program is one of four major research areas, focusing on fundamental studies of the nature of light and light-matter interactions. Current faculty research in optical physics includes experimental and theoretical investigations of ultra-fast laser physics, frequency comb spectroscopy, high-field laser physics and ultra-high nonlinear propagation, advanced optical materials, many-body semiconductor photonics, Bose-Einstein condensates, quantum optomechanics, and quantum information and control.

This search seeks candidates who will bolster the collaborative potential in these areas, while also potentially establishing directions of research in new areas of interest, including but not limited to quantum sensing, quantum computing and quantum information, precision measurement, strong-field light-matter interactions, attosecond science, and ultrafast dynamics in molecules and nanomaterials.  The Optical Physics group also enjoys collaborative opportunities with the college’s other three major research areas of Photonics, Image Science, and Optical Engineering, and often benefits from large multi-university programs including MURIs and our lead role in the recently announced Center for Quantum Networks (CQN), one of the four new NSF Gen 4 Engineering Research Centers in the USA.

This tenure/tenure-track position anticipates a candidate with demonstrated strength in his or her field of research. Successful candidates are expected to set up a world class research program and demonstrate strong commitment to teaching. Duties include:

  • Cultivating a world-renowned research program.
  • Establishing a strong record of student mentorship and teaching.
  • Participating in both undergraduate and graduate education.
  • Participating in service and outreach for the College.

For private sector or government laboratory applicants, lack of a proven teaching and extramural research funding record could be remedied with other related credentials that demonstrate strong communications skills and a demonstrated history of technical depth and leadership.  We seek an individual who is able to work with and attract a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students and colleagues.  Development of novel courses pertaining to the candidate’s area of expertise, as well as exceptional teaching of our core curriculum, is expected.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Applicants should hold a doctorate degree in the field of physics, physical chemistry, electrical engineering, or closely related fields.
  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience is required. 
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience and demonstrated leadership roles in post-doctorate research.
Rank To be Determined
Tenure Information Tenure Track (T/TE)
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job FTE 1.0
Work Calendar Academic
Job Category Faculty
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Rate of Pay DOE-Salary commensurate with experience.
Compensation Type salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Number of Vacancies Multiple Vacancies
Target Hire Date 8/14/2023
Expected End Date  
Contact Information for Candidates Search Committee Chair:
Dr. R. Jason
Open Date 11/15/2022
Open Until Filled Yes
Documents Needed to Apply Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Three Additional Documents
Special Instructions to Applicant Please upload the following documents with your application:

1. Cover Letter
2. Curriculum Vitae, which includes list of publications, and the names and contact information for three references as the final page
3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
4. Statement of Research Interests
5. Diversity and Inclusion Statement that discusses past and anticipated contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the areas of research, teaching, and/or outreach.
Documents 3-5 may be uploaded into the additional document sections.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.


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