Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor- Optical Physics
The University of Arizona-James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Type: Full Time
Academia, Research Laboratory
Professor / Faculty
Optical Communications (PC)
Optical Material Studies (OM)
Quantum Computing and Communication (OC)
Quantum Optical Science and Technology (OQ)
Years of Experience:
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.
About The University of Arizona-James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences
The James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences, founded as the University of Arizona Optical Science Center, has been shaping the future since 1964 by offering the highest quality graduate and undergraduate educations, cutting edge-research programs and solid commitment to the economic development of the optics industry. Throughout its 59-year history, OSC has stood on the forefront of the field; today, it educates more students in optics than any institution in the U.S., provides the worlds most comprehensive educational program in optics and maintains a worldwide reputation as a premier institution for optical sciences and engineering.