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

Nov. 29, 2022
Posting Number req12472
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 prestigious program in Quantum Information Sciences and Engineering (QISE) and Photonics. 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 in this area between the Wyant College of Optical Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the College of Science. 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.

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 Photonics  program is one of four major research areas, whose scope ranges from integrated photonic and fiber components and systems for next-generation optical networks to new tools, such as small-footprint, high-throughput multiphoton microscopes, high-power semiconductor lasers, 3-D displays and optical-computing.

In recent years OSC and UArizona have invested strongly in new faculty with expertise in Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE) and this search continues to expand that investment. QISE is embraced as one of the core research initiatives in University of Arizona's strategic plan. In Fall 2022, the OSC has launched a Masters in Science (MS) subplan with an emphasis in QISE. Recently, OSC has taken the leadership role in establishing the highly-interdisciplinary Center for Quantum Networks (CQN), in collaboration with our College of Engineering: an NSF-funded Gen 4 Engineering Research Center (ERC). A notable unique aspect of CQN is a strong collaboration with researchers in social science disciplines to research issues pertaining to important applications and societal implications of quantum technologies.

Our QISE faculty members are engaged in a wide array of interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects spanning quantum-inspired and quantum-enhanced sensing with photonic and opto-mechanical devices, quantum computing with photonic and superconducting qubits, and various aspects of quantum communications. QISE faculty expertise now spans quantum information, detection and estimation theories, quantum opto-mechanics, non-linear and quantum optics for squeezed and entangled light generation in integrated photonic devices, superconducting qubits, quantum imaging and sensing using non-classical light sources and measurements, and a variety of photonic and RF devices that underlie the technology stack necessary to build the quantum internet of the future.  This includes intricate designs of scalable integrated-photonic-coupled solid-state defect center qubits, superconducting to photon transduction, microwave and photonic spin control to non-linear high-efficiency quantum frequency conversion.

This open-rank faculty position is envisioned to complement the current QISE expertise at OSC and at UArizona as a whole. Theorist and Experimentalist candidates are both encouraged to apply. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to the following:
(1) solid-state quantum devices such as color centers, cold atom qubits and quantum dots,
(2) non-linear and quantum integrated photonic and phononic devices and systems,
(3) quantum-coherence preserving superconducting to photon transduction, and
(4) engineering physics of complex light-matter interactions, including open quantum systems.

Candidates with a proven track record of interdisciplinary and theory-experiments collaborative research, will be considered highly favorably.

The successful candidate will help bridge different genres of existing quantum platforms and a diverse group of theorists and experimentalists at the University of Arizona working on a wide array of topics in QISE ranging from fundamental science studies to large-scale quantum systems engineering efforts.
OSC supports the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives, designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The prevailing candidate will be expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and college.
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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 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
  • The applicant must have a Ph.D. (or an equivalent doctorate degree) with 4 or more years of professional experience after their Bachelors 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 8/14/2023
Expected End Date  
Contact Information for Candidates Search Committee Chair: Dr. Saikat Guha,
Open Date 11/10/2022
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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