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Executive Director for American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics)

SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Albany, New York
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Executive Director for American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics)


About SUNY Polytechnic Institute:

Employment is with the Research Foundation for The State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly)

The Research Foundation for The State University of New York (SUNY) is the largest, most comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country. The Research Foundation manages SUNY's research portfolio, providing essential sponsored programs administration and innovation support services to SUNY faculty, students and staff performing research in areas including life sciences and medicine; engineering and nanotechnology; physical sciences and energy; social sciences; arts and humanities; and computer and information sciences.

The Research Foundation, a private, not-for-profit corporation, is an employer separate from both SUNY and the State of New York, and offers comparable compensation and benefit plans. The Research Foundation is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive teaching, research, and working environment. Potential applicants who share this goal, especially underrepresented minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics or Institute) is a Department of Defense (DoD)- sponsored program awarded to the State University of New York's (SUNY) Research Foundation (RF) and managed by the New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science Corporation (NY CREATES) management, an affiliate of RF SUNY.  In its role as administrator of AIM Photonics, RF SUNY is responsible for developing a sustainable end-to-end photonics ecosystem to insure U.S competitiveness in technologies important to enabling advanced telecommunications, sensors, computing, and other photonic technologies. The Institute's scope includes domestic prototyping with a path to high volume foundry access, integrated design tools, packaging, assembly and test capabilities, and workforce development.


The Institute comprises a technical and business organization focused on wafer-scale fabrication of silicon integrated photonic systems in Albany, NY, and a test, assembly, and packaging (TAP) facility in Rochester, NY. The Institute is supported by approximately 25-35 RF SUNY employees across engineering, business and administrative disciplines at these two sites.


There are currently just over 100 government agency, industrial, and academic members within AIM Photonics all focused upon organizing and growing the fragmented emerging domestic capabilities within the integrated photonics technology eco-system. The goal of AIM Photonics is to better position small- and medium-sized companies in the U.S. relative to global competition in this field and to address government agency requirements. Consequently, activities under the Institute are focused on enabling universities and small to medium enterprises to participate in, and gain access to, the burgeoning integrated photonics marketplace. The Institute coordinates the activities of external partner staff across these member organizations.


Job responsibilities of the Executive Director include, but are not limited to:

  • The incumbent will anchor the Institute and its technology offerings in the market as the world-leading integrated photonics one-stop-shop, and will identify means to pave the way towards self-sufficiency and sustainability. S/he will establish open communication channels with AIM Photonics' stakeholders, drive public-private collaborations, and identify new business opportunities to stimulate institute growth and convert innovations into revenue-generating business opportunities within a technically aggressive and economically competitive environment.
  • The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of AIM Photonics, which includes overseeing all Institute activities, implementing the strategic direction of the Institute, securing funding, managing the TAP facility in Rochester, NY and the photonics wafer runs in Albany, NY, managing the engineering teams in Albany, NY and Rochester, NY, interfacing with the ecosystem and the program sponsors, as well as growing the user base and supporting their needs using AIM Photonics capabilities.  The Executive Director also works with a Leadership Council comprised of industry, academic, DoD and State representatives from organizations making substantial investments in support of AIM Photonics. This position reports directly to the President of NYCREATES.
  • Other reasonable duties as assigned.



The successful candidate will have a PhD in technology, science, photonics or equivalent fields from a college or University accredited by the US Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization, and have at least ten years of experience in the photonics field and experience managing large, cross-disciplinary, government-funded centers or institutes. Proven success working effectively with a broad array of diverse constituents including senior representatives from business, government and academia is required. Demonstrated analytical skills in research, development and translation to pre-commercial and commercial products as well as persuasive interpersonal, oral and written communication proficiency and experience with strategic planning, project and program management are required skill sets.


Candidates must address in their applications their ability to work with culturally diverse populations.  This position is contingent on the satisfactory completion of a background check; this position may require annual background checks.


Notes:  Position contingent on the availability of funding

Additional Information:

Research Foundation for SUNY Polytechnic Institute offers exceptional benefits such as healthcare, dental, vision, pension plans, competitive pay, generous paid time off, tuition assistance, life insurance and long-term disability insurance.


As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer, Research Foundation for SUNY at SUNY Polytechnic Institute will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, creed, religion, color, citizenship, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, gender identification or expression, genetic information, familial status, marital status, pregnancy, status as a domestic violence victim, criminal conviction, disability, military status, disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, Armed Forces Service Medal veteran, active duty or wartime campaign badge veteran, or other characteristic as protected by law. Please feel free to review your equal employment opportunities protections and laws pertaining to these protections at http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf


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Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov.


Research Foundation employees are subject to restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1. You will be asked to disclose any such participation at the time of hire for review by the Research Foundation. The full text of the Order may be found at: https://www.directives.doe.gov/directives-documents/400-series/0486-1-border/@@images/file

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please visit our website https://sunypoly.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp;jsessionid=0BCB41F07617F6A943DEEE93BC0CBA71?JOBID=128328. Persons interested in the above position should submit a resume, three letters of reference, letter of application, along with The Research Foundation for SUNY employment application. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a position please email us at SUNYPOLYHR@sunypoly.eduor call 518-437-8686.


Posted: 2021-02-23 Expires: 2021-03-25

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Executive Director for American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics)

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