Assistant/Associate/Full Professor T/TE - Optical Engineering | Wyant College of Optical Sciences

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Position Location: 
Tucson, AZ
Job Description: 
Posting Numberreq7715
DepartmentJames C Wyant Coll Optical Sci
Department Website Link
Medical Sub-Speciality 
LocationMain Campus
AddressTucson, AZ USA
Position HighlightsIn order to further expand its world-class faculty and respond to the needs of the growing fields of optics, the James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona is announcing a faculty search in Optical Engineering with the possibility of multiple hires. The Wyant College of Optical Sciences is the world’s premier optical institute, with outstanding faculty members, an international student body, a comprehensive optics curriculum, pioneering research programs in areas including optical engineering, image science, photonics and optical physics, and close relationships with the optics industry. To learn more please click here.

Salary for this position is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applications are invited from junior, mid-career, and senior candidates. Complete applications will include a cover letter, full CV with list of publications, research and teaching statements, and the names and contact information of three references. Inquiries may be directed to Professor Ronald G. Driggers, search committee chair, at Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2022 and continue until the positions are filled. 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. The chairholder is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the University and college.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, 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

This tenure/tenure-track position anticipates demonstrated strength in the area of optical engineering, including:

  • Cultivating a world-class research program in optical engineering.
  • Establishing a strong teaching record in optical engineering.
  • Participating in both undergraduate and graduate education.
  • Participating in service and outreach for the College.

Preferred candidates will demonstrate a record of innovation and strength in areas such as optical design, engineering, instrumentation, and systems, with a broad variety of potential application areas including space or astronomical optics, optical metrology, remote sensing, consumer optics, biomedical optics, optics in defense, and optics in manufacturing.

Applicants should ideally have a proven track record of teaching and research, including a clear potential to continue or establish a substantial research program in optical engineering that is capable of attracting program funding from industry and/or government. For private sector or government laboratory applicants, lack of a proven record could be remedied with other related credentials, including strong communications skills and leadership or experience in innovative optical engineering and/or building innovative optical hardware.

The successful candidate is expected to establish a long term and successful career in optical engineering at the Wyant College of Optical Sciences. In addition to sustaining a research group, the position requires academic engagement with students and colleagues, and with the optics industry and government agencies. The University of Arizona is a vibrant and diverse academic environment with extensive inter departmental and cross college research projects. Faculty may have joint appointments and are expected to benefit and capitalize from these inter departmental collaborations, as well as from collaborations with other institutions.


Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD in Optics, Physical Sciences, Engineering or related field, and teaching or industrial experience in optics is desirable.
Preferred QualificationsPlease see 'Duties & Responsibilities' section above for more information on the preferred qualifications for this position.
RankTo be Determined
Tenure InformationTenure Track (T/TE)
Full Time/Part TimeFull Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week40
Job FTE1.00
Work CalendarAcademic
Job CategoryFaculty
Benefits EligibleYes - Full Benefits
Rate of PayDOE
Compensation Typesalary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Type of criminal background check required:Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Number of Vacancies1
Target Hire Date8/15/2022
Expected End Date 
Contact Information for CandidatesProfessor Ronald G. Driggers, search committee
Open Date11/9/2021
Open Until FilledYes
Documents Needed to ApplyCurriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Three Additional Documents
Special Instructions to ApplicantPlease upload the following documents with your application:

1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Cover Letter
3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
4. Statement of Research Interests
5. You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references. Please upload your reference contact list under the “Additional Document” slot within your application.

Diversity StatementAt 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.