Assistant Professor T/TE - Biomedical Optics | Wyant College of Optical Sciences

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Position Location: 
Tucson, AZ
Job Description: 

Requisition #: req23

Location Main Campus
Address USA
Position Highlights The University of Arizona Health Sciences and the Wyant College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona invite applications for a joint tenure-track assistant professor appointment in Biomedical Optics effective August 2020. Salary for this position is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and in establishing a world-class experimental research program. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, biomedical optics and biophotonics as applied to novel sensors, diagnostics, and imaging solutions. Optical technologies that advance surgical, clinical, and remote healthcare capabilities leveraging cloud connectivity are also of interest. We encourage applications from candidates who will complement or strengthen current research in Biomedical Optics, Biomedical Engineering, and Medical Research at the University of Arizona and strengthen ties that exist between the Wyant College of Optical Sciences, the College of Medicine, and UArizona Health Sciences (UAHS). The ideal candidate will have a passion for teaching and a desire to integrate their own area of expertise into a broader health sciences context that can be shared with students in the classroom. In addition to courses in their domain of expertise, the position anticipates developing and teaching interdisciplinary content focused on applying design thinking principles to health and wellness challenges through experiential project-based collaborative learning. These courses may also include course-based undergraduate research experiences (CURES) for nonmajors to engage students in addressing authentic research challenges.
Duties & Responsibilities

This tenure-track position seeks candidates with experience and potential in both world-class research and teaching, with duties including:

  • Cultivating a vibrant extramurally funded research program in areas with the potential to strengthen linkages between the Wyant College of Optical Sciences and UAHS.
  • Establishing a strong undergraduate and graduate teaching record that may include core college courses, specialized technical courses in the candidate’s area of expertise, and courses taught in the UAHS Health Sciences Design program that apply the candidate’s area of expertise to health and wellness challenges for an interdisciplinary audience.
  • Participating in service and outreach, including building relationships with stakeholders from within the University and the external professional community to help support program success.
Minimum Qualifications  
  • PhD in Biomedical Optics, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Research or closely related field.
  • Demonstrated record of accomplishment in research and technology development in an academic, government, or industrial research laboratory environment.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated ability to create and provide high-quality instruction.
  • Experience mentoring both undergraduate and graduate researchers.
  • Knowledge of or experience with design thinking principles, active learning techniques, and team-based experiential learning.
Rank Assistant Professor
Tenure Information Tenure Track (T/TE)
FLSA Always Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job FTE 1.0
Work Calendar Academic
Job Category Faculty
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Rate of Pay DOE
Compensation Type salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Contact Information for Candidates Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Jennifer Barton, search committee chair, at
Open Date 1/9/2020
Open Until Filled Yes
Documents Needed to Apply  Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Three Additional Documents
Special Instructions to Applicant Complete applications will include: 1) a cover letter; 2) full CV which includes list of publications, and the names and contact information for three references as the final page; 3) a statement of teaching philosophy; 4) a statement of research interests; and 5) a diversity statement.
Diversity Statement At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.