Spectrum Lab is seeking a Research Associate or Research Scientist/Engineer to immediately contribute to current research activities in applied optics, microwave photonics, imaging, and remote sensing, and to participate in the writing of proposals and securing funding for new projects in collaboration with other Spectrum Lab personnel, MSU Faculty, or local industry. This individual is expected to work productively both independently and collaboratively as a team member and as a team leader, as per project requirements. Current applied research areas at Spectrum Lab include remote sensing (microwave and optical range, Doppler, and geo-location sensing), microwave photonics, optical signal processing, advanced imaging techniques, digital holography, quantum optics, electromagnetic wave propagation, opto-mechanical design, non-linear optics, and laser development.
This position may be hired at the Research Associate or Research Scientist/Engineer level, depending on the education, experience and interest of the candidate. The title of Research Scientist or Research Engineer is negotiable and will be based on the individual’s areas of education and experience, and on whether expected contributions in the described duties will be more in the areas of engineering or science.
This position includes defense department work with security restrictions; therefore, applicants who are not U.S. citizens are not eligible for the position.
Screening of applications will begin on August 23, 2018; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.
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Applications must be submitted through MSU's application system.
Spectrum Lab is an interdisciplinary MSU research center established in 1999 and reports to the Vice-President of Research and Economic Development. It is dedicated to innovation in applied optics and photonics with a three-fold mission to:
Develop and help commercialize Montana grown opto-electronic technologies
Transfer and develop technologies to Montana companies
Provide enhanced educational, research, and employment opportunities for Montana undergraduate and graduate students
Spectrum Lab’s location close to the MSU-Bozeman campus and in close proximity to spin-off companies and other local industry facilitates collaboration with MSU faculty and researchers and our local industry partners. The lab has several research grants and contracts in the areas of remote sensing, coherent imaging, and optical signal processing with average annual expenditures of roughly $1M.
Strong experience in experimental research in one or more of the following areas: remote sensing, microwave photonics, optical signal processing, advanced imaging techniques, digital holography, quantum optics, electromagnetic wave propagation, opto-mechanical design, non-linear optics, or laser development.
Strong experience in scientific and technical writing or oral communication of research.
Demonstrated experience working productively in a team or with collaborators.
As well as education/experience as noted below:
For the Research Scientist/Engineer, by start date.
Ph.D. degree in Optics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, or related field with documentation of original work in experimental or applied, or
Master’s degree in Optics, Physics, electrical Engineering, or related field with documentation reflecting the equivalent of at least 4 years of experience (academic or industrial) and original work in applied optics or photonics, and a record of leadership in the acquisition or conduct of an externally funded research program.
OR For Research Associate, by start date.
Master’s degree in Optics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, or related field with documentation reflecting the equivalent of at least 2 years of experience (academic or industrial) in experimental or applied optics.
Record of scientific publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at technical conferences
Have demonstrated the ability to, either independently or through collaboration, actively and significantly contributed to the development of an innovative and externally funded research program.
Record of successfully completing and documenting research and development projects.
Demonstrated business development skills in research and development.
Good theoretical skills as demonstrated in academic work and/or in technical writing.
Demonstrated experience in the use of technical and experimental computer software (such as MATLAB and LabView), as well as in hands-on research, including skills in electronics and optics.
Successful Candidates will
Possess the ability to work productively in a professional manner, both independently and as a member of a team, prioritizing work in a challenging environment with many demands.
Possess the interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with colleagues in academia and private companies.
Possess effective written and oral communication skills, publishing results of research in conference proceedings or journals, as appropriate
Possess the ability to actively propose and significantly contribute to the development of innovative and externally funded research projects.
Possess leadership potential and capabilities.
Possess the ability and desire to significantly contribute to the research missions of Spectrum Lab and the objectives of the grants and contracts.
Have demonstrated ability to maintain effective attention to detail, to meet deadlines, and to well document and maintain thorough records of their work.
Have the ability and desire to work with and engage a diverse community of individuals on campus and in the larger research community, including faculty, research staff, students, and colleagues in academia and private companies
Internal Number: STAFF - VA - 19061
About Montana State University - Spectrum Lab
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