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Title Assistant/Associate/Professor T/TE - Optomechanical Systems and Instrumentation
Department College of Optical Sciences (2001)
Medical Sub-Speciality
Location Main Campus
Position Summary
The College of Optical Sciences, Steward Observatory, and the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arizona invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. Exceptional candidates with commensurate qualifications will be considered at the Associate or Full Professor levels. Depending upon the candidate’s strengths and focus of research, home Colleges or Departments are anticipated to be the College of Optical Sciences or the Steward Observatory in the College of Science, including joint appointments that may also include the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering.

The University of Arizona has a strong research and education track record in optical systems and engineering, ranging from the fabrication and qualification of large-scale telescope systems to instrumentation for space systems, biomedical systems, consumer applications, and more. The University is seeking to develop a multidisciplinary research and education program in optomechanical systems and instrumentation, and the successful candidate will be an integral part of this development. Specific fields of interest include but are not limited to:

Optomechanical system design, analysis, alignment, testing, and delivery.
Mechanical, stress, thermal, shock, and vibration analysis of complex optomechanical structures.
Optimization and adaptive control of support forces for optics.
Additive/subtractive fabrication processes for optical materials, metals, and ceramics.
Mechanisms and the associated dynamics and control.
Novel materials such as glasses, composites, ceramics, additively manufactured materials.
Candidates with opportunities for working across other discipline boundaries are also desired.

The candidate is expected to support and advance Inclusive Excellence, the UA diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiative designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students.

The University of Arizona is located in beautiful Tucson, a vibrant multicultural city in the spectacular US Southwest. Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, retirement plans, life insurance, disability programs, investment plans, paid sick-leave and holidays, tuition reduction for employee and qualified family members, and access to UA recreation and cultural activities. For more information about working at the University of Arizona please click here.

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Duties & Responsibilities
We seek an individual who wants to work with a diverse group of students, faculty, and colleagues. Candidates must have an outstanding track record and the ability to establish a significant research program with support from State and Federal agencies and/or commercial partners. Candidates are expected to develop a world-class program in their area of expertise.
The position requires teaching of curriculum in Optical Sciences or Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering based on the candidate’s background, as well as supervising graduate student research. Development of novel courses pertaining to the candidate’s area of expertise, as well as exceptional teaching of our core curriculum is expected.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
PhD in Optics, Physical Sciences, Engineering or related field.
Demonstrated experience with optomechanical systems and instrumentation.
Preferred Qualifications
Prior experience in an industrial or national lab setting.
Experience with CAD Modeling (SolidWorks, Pro/E, Siemans NX, etc.).
Experience with optical design software (Zemax, Code V, LightTools, FRED, etc.).
Experience with finite element analysis software (ANSYS, COMSOL, Nastran, etc.).
Rank To be determined.
Tenure Information Tenure-Eligible (TE)
FLSA Exempt
FTE 1.0
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Job Category Faculty
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Posting Detail Information
Posting Number F21239
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 08/13/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates
Dr. Jonathan D. Ellis

Open Date 12/12/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 01/02/2018
Special Instructions Summary
Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation.

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. 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 encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 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.

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