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John Paul Schaefer Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences-Assistant/Associate/Full Professor T/TE

James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences
Tucson, Arizona 85721
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The Wyant College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona is proud to announce a faculty search for the John Paul Schaefer Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences, a position that will target expanding the college’s prestigious program in Optical Physics.

The Wyant College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona is world renowned for the outstanding breadth and depth of its research and education programs in Optical Sciences.  Optics resides at the core of many critical science and technology fields, from fundamental discovery in optical physics to engineering innovations enabling biomedicine, remote sensing, communications, energy, manufacturing and more.

The college’s program in Optical Physics is one of our four research focus 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, many-body semiconductor photonics, Bose-Einstein condensates, quantum optomechanics, and quantum information and control.

The John Paul Schaefer Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences seeks to bolster our strengths and collaborative potential in these areas, while also potentially establishing new directions of research in areas including atomic and molecular optics (AMO), quantum optical sensor physics, and optical metamaterials.  The optical physics group also enjoys opportunities for collaborations with our other three research focus 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 position is viewed as suitable for senior and highly promising mid-career individuals, with examples including current Associate Professors, Full Professors, or equivalent positions at non-academic institutions.  Assistant Professors who have demonstrated outstanding success are also invited to apply.  Tenure/Tenure Track (T/TE) candidates will be considered.

The 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. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply for this chair position. The chairholder is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and college.

The University of Arizona is located in beautiful Tucson, a vibrant multicultural city in the spectacular US Southwest. Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, retirement plans, life insurance, disability programs, investment plans, paid sick-leave and holidays, tuition reduction for employee and qualified family members, and access to UA recreation and cultural activities. See the link below for full information regarding the University and Tucson. http://employment.arizona.edu/

Duties and Responsibilities:
This tenure/tenure-track position anticipates a candidate with demonstrated strength in his or her field of research, with duties including:

  • 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.

Applicants should have a proven track record of research and teaching, including a clear potential to continue or establish a substantial research program in his or her field of interest that will attract program funding from industry and/or government sources. 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:

  • PhD in Optical Physics or related field.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience and demonstrated leadership roles in substantial and highly-recognized optical physics research efforts in an academic, national lab, government, or industrial setting.


Posted: 2021-03-29 Expires: 2021-05-28

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John Paul Schaefer Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences-Assistant/Associate/Full Professor T/TE

James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences
Tucson, Arizona 85721

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