Faculty Positions Available at Wyant College

The Wyant College of Optical Sciences has launched its faculty searches for several Endowed Chair positions that have been funded by generous donors.  Today the open searches include the Harrison H. and Catherine C. Barrett Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences for Cancer Imaging and the SPIE Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences.  Descriptions for these positions, and applications instructions for interested candidates, are available below. 

Now Accepting Applications

Harrison H. and Catherine C. Barrett Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences for Cancer Imaging

College of Optical Sciences - OSC - Graduate ProgramsThe College of Optical Sciences and the Cancer Center at the University of Arizona announced a faculty search for the inaugural Harrison H. and Catherine C. Barrett Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences for Cancer Imaging. The chairholder should have a history of innovative contributions to the principles of image science and task-based assessment of image quality, as well as a commitment to applying these principles to important problems in clinical oncology or cancer research. 

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SPIE Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences

College of Optical Sciences - Graduate Admissions ApplicationThe SPIE Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences symbolizes the society’s mission to partner with researchers and educators to advance light-based research and technologies for the betterment of humanity. SPIE is uniquely positioned to devote resources that create a larger pipeline of scientists and engineers knowledgeable about optics, according to Dr. Kent Rochford, PhD, CEO. “We are keenly aware of the Wyant College of Optical Sciences’ commitment to emerging new leaders in optics – and are eager to support a faculty member who will teach future generations of leaders to excel." 

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John Paul Schaefer Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences

College of Optical Sciences - OSC - Graduate ProgramsDr. John P. Schaefer served as president of the University of Arizona from 1971 to 1982. He received his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Illinois; and was a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology. Following his studies, he taught chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley before coming to the UA as a chemistry professor in 1960. He served as head of the chemistry department and as dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Schaefer is known for setting UA on the path of its current reputation as world-leading research university. Among his accomplishments was his approval for the university to participate in the Multiple Mirror Telescope project, which revolutionized optical telescope design.

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Jack Lee Jewell Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences

College of Optical Sciences - OSC - Graduate Programs

In 1989, Dr. Jack L. Jewell led a Bell Labs / Bellcore team that demonstrated over 1 million vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) on a ~4x8mm chip (smaller than a pinkynail). Though the extreme number, size and density attracted attention, it was the underlying innovations that sparked worldwide industrial development of VCSELs. Those innovations are still present in essentially all commercial VCSELs (including >99.9% semiconductor mirror reflectivity enabling active regions thin enough to be practical, graded interfaces enabling current flow through the mirror-layer interfaces, and the resulting all-semiconductor design). VCSELs are also critical components of the laser mouse and handheld atomic clocks, and VCSEL arrays for structured light are used for 3D sensing, such as iPhone’s facial recognition.

In addition to establishing this endowed chair, The Jack Jewell Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences, in 2020,  Dr. Jewell also established the Jack Jewell Extreme Optics Graduate Student Research Award endowment. This endowment supports graduate students at Wyant College, rewarding their extreme optics research.

The successful candidate is expected to establish a long term and successful career in optical engineering at the Wyant College of Optical Sciences that includes student and industry engagement.

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Filled Endowed Chair Positions

J.W. and H.M Goodman Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences

College of Optical Sciences Funding and ScholarshipsSpecific fields of interest for this Chair position include: augmented and virtual reality systems and applications, autonomous systems, multi-modality imaging systems, human-computer interaction and perception with intelligent systems, as well as adaptive imaging, display and photonic systems.

Selected Optical Sciences Faculty

Prof. David J. Brady

Brady's research focuses on computational optical imaging. Brady led the team that built the world’s first terrestrial gigapixel camera. His current research focuses on “smart cameras,” using artificial intelligence to improve image data capture and formation and compressive holography. Brady’ interest in neural processing extents from his Ph. D. thesis on artificial networks to his recent work on deep learning for array camera image processing. Brady is also Chief Scientist of Aqueti, which manufactures gigapixel cameras.

 

Robert R. Shannon Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences

College of Optical Sciences - Graduate Admissions ApplicationPreferred candidates will demonstrate a record of innovation and strength in optical design and instrumentation, with a broad variety of potential application areas including space or astronomical optics, optical metrology, infrared systems, consumer optics, and optics in manufacturing.

Selected Optical Sciences Faculty

Prof. James T. Schwiegerling

Prof. Schwiegerling's ophthalmic optics lab primarily designs and fabricates instrumentation for measuring various properties of the human eye. These devices include wavefront sensors for measuring the aberrations of the eye and corneal topographers for measuring the three dimensional geometry of the corneal surface. The lab has also developed novel retinal imaging techniques incorporating both polarimetric and spectroscopic measurement of the retinal tissue. Finally, the lab is also expanding these core technologies to address other needs in the fields of optical design and testing, biometric identification and computational photography.