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

Oct. 12, 2023
Posting Number req18010
Department James C Wyant Coll Optical Sci
Department Website Link
Medical Sub-Speciality  
Location Main Campus
Address Tucson, AZ USA
Position Highlights

The Wyant College of Optical Sciences (OSC) at the University of Arizona (UArizona) is seeking outstanding candidates for a tenure/tenure-track faculty position at all levels that will further enhance the college’s vibrant program in Photonics. We encourage applications from researchers whose work will complement or strengthen current efforts at the University of Arizona and benefit from ties in strongly related areas between the Wyant College of Optical Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the College of Science. We welcome and encourage qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds, including individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups, to apply.

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 fortunate to receive philanthropic support to create 14 new Endowed Chairs in Optical Science positions in the college.  While positions are open at all levels, very highly accomplished applicants will also be considered as potential recipients for the nine Endowed Chairs that are available to be awarded:

  • 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
  • Robert M. Edmund Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences
  • John B. Hayes Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences
  • Bahram Jalali Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences
  • Jack Lee Jewell Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences
  • William F. and Helen M. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences
  • Robert R. Shannon 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 Photonics program, one of four major research areas, has a broad scope ranging from integrated photonic devices, fiber components, and subsystems for classical and quantum fiber and free-space optical communications, sensing and imaging, to integrated systems for next-generation optical networks, to new tools, such as small-footprint, high-throughput multiphoton microscopes, high-power semiconductor lasers, and optical-computing.  A strong program in Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE) includes integrated photonics, non-linear and quantum optics, quantum opto-mechanics, RF and phononic materials and devices, open quantum systems, and quantum networking, information and detection theory. The Wyant College of Optical Sciences leads the NSF Center for Quantum Networks ERC that advances and showcases these photonics and quantum technologies in a highly collaborative environment. 

This open-rank faculty position is envisioned to complement the current Photonics faculty expertise at OSC and the successful candidate(s) may initiate fundamental studies or new directions in photonics for the College, or enhance different genres of existing photonics platforms towards new applications and large-scale systems engineering efforts.
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Duties and Responsibilities:
This tenure/tenure-track position anticipates a candidate with demonstrated strength in their 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 addressed 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
  • The applicant must have a Ph.D. (or an equivalent doctorate degree) in Physics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Material Science and Engineering, or a related discipline.
  • Candidates with all levels of expertise from early career through senior faculty are encouraged to apply.
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 10/19/2023
Expected End Date  
Contact Information for Candidates Search Committee Chair: Dr. Robert Norwood
Open Date 10/12/2023
Open Until Filled Yes
Documents Needed to Apply Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Two 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.

Documents 3-4 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 a 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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