Robert R. Shannon Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences -Associate/Full Professor | Wyant College of Optical Sciences

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

Requisition #: req4

Location Main Campus
Address USA
Position Highlights In 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 proud to announce a faculty search for the Robert R. Shannon Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences. 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 Jose Sasian, search committee chair, at Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019 and continue until the position is 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.
Duties & Responsibilities This tenure/tenure-track position anticipates demonstrated strength in the area of optical engineering, including:



Preferred 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.

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.

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  • 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.
  • 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! The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services, please .

Minimum Qualifications  A Ph.D. is required, and teaching or industrial experience in optics is desirable.
Preferred Qualifications 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.
Rank 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 Commensurate with experience and qualifications
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 Jose Sasian, search committee chair, at
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 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 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.