J.W. and H.M Goodman Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences | Wyant College of Optical Sciences

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Position Location: 
Tucson, AZ
Job Description: 

Requisition #: req11

Location Main Campus
Address USA
Position Highlights The College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona is proud to announce a faculty search for the J. W. and H. M. Goodman Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences. The College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona is world renowned for its excellent breadth and depth of research and education in Optical Sciences. Optics resides at the core of many critical science and technology fields, from space technology to quantum computing. One of the research initiatives in Arizona’s new strategic plan is Humans, Society, and Intelligent Systems. We believe optics is the core enabler for developing the next-generation intelligent systems that will have beneficial societal impacts to humankind, and we believe that a close collaboration among scientists crossing the traditional disciplines such as optical sciences, computer sciences, vision sciences, electrical and computer engineering, and psychology and cognitive sciences will accelerate the path to impact and success. The College is seeking to create excellence in the area of intelligent optical systems and establish a hub for scientists of all disciplines to collaborate and innovate. Specific 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. The successful candidate will find synergy and collaboration with current Optical Sciences research programs and other disciplines on campus. Some of the ongoing research areas include virtual and augmented reality technology, imaging sciences, imaging sensing, optical engineering, photonics and quantum technologies, and biomedical imaging. Inquiries may be directed to Professor Hong Hua, search committee chair, at hhua@optics.arizona.edu. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.
Duties & Responsibilities This tenure/tenure-track position anticipates a candidate with demonstrated strength in his or her field of research, with duties including:

Applicants should have a proven track record of both teaching and research, including a clear potential to continue or establish a substantial research program in his or her field of interest that is capable of attracting program funding from industry and/or government sources. For private sector or government laboratory applicants, lack of a proven teaching and funded-research record could be remedied with other related credentials, while requiring 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.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; 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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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 department and college.

  • Cultivating a world-renowned research program.
  • Establishing a strong teaching record.
  • Participating in both undergraduate and graduate education.
  • Participating in service and outreach for the College.
Minimum Qualifications  This position is viewed as a senior-level position and the candidate’s experience must be commensurate. Examples include current Associate Professors, Full Professors, or equivalent positions at non-academic institutions.  Assistant Professors who have demonstrated outstanding success are also invited to apply.
Preferred Qualifications Extensive experience in industrial or national lab settings is beneficial.
Rank To be Determined
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 Professor Hong Hua, search committee chair, at hhua@optics.arizona.edu.
Open Date 1/27/2020
Open Until Filled Yes
Documents Needed to Apply  Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Three Additional Documents
Special Instructions to Applicant Please upload the following documents with your application: 1. Curriculum Vitae 2. Cover Letter 3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy (Additional Document slot) 4. Statement of Research Interests (Additional Document slot) 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 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.