Physics, Baylor University

2061 9231
Position ID:Baylor University-Physics-POSTDOC [#9231]
Position Title: Nonlinear Nano-optics Postdoctoral Research Associate Position
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Waco, Texas, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Optoelectronics
Physics / Condensed Matter Physics, Optics and Photonics, Experimental Physics, Optical Physics, Engineering, Materials Science
Appl Deadline: finished (2017/06/02, finished 2018/10/07, listed until 2018/04/01)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Baylor University is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Nonlinear Nanophotonics, Plasmonics, and Metasurfaces. The Nano-Optics group at Baylor University invites applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to participate in the project of “Nonlinear metasurfaces and ENZ materials”. The successful candidate will join our research program led by Professor Howard Lee in the Department of Physics at Baylor University (Texas, USA).

The projects will focus on some of these studies:

    (1)         Nonlinear optics in epsilon-near-zero materials   

    (2)         Tunable nonlinear optical metasurfaces

    (3)         Reconfigurable nonlinear plasmonic waveguides and nanostructures

The successful candidate is expected to make high-impact contributions to cutting edge research areas and also have the opportunity to collaborate with scientists at Texas A&M, U.S. Naval Research Lab, and National Taiwan University. The position is available as early as June 2017.


  • PhD in physics, material sciences, photonics, or engineering
  • Research experience in nonlinear optics and plasmonics/metamaterials
  • Strong experimental skills in nonlinear optical characterization, nanofabrication, and free-space optics
  • Familiarity with nonlinear simulation and numerical modeling (Lumerical, Comsol, Matlab, etc.)
  • Highly motivated for working in an interdisciplinary environment with graduate and undergraduate students, and have passion to perform excellent research in nanophotonics.
  • Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.


To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a CV and a brief statement of research interests to Prof. Howard Lee ( For more information about the position and research activities of the group, please visit . Applications will be accepted immediately and continue until the position is filled.


About the Nano-optics Lab

Part of our nano-optics lab is located in the 508,000 square foot Baylor Sciences Building (BSB), as well as in the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) (collaborative research lab with Prof. Marlan Scully). Our labs at Baylor equipped with Ti:Sapphire femtosecond laser system with optical parametric amplifier, mode-locked diode pumped Nd:YAG laser amplifier with tunable OPA, supercontinuum light source, tunable lasers, pressure-assisted high temperature filling system (for hybrid metal/semiconductor filled microstructured fiber), optical characterization, optical fiber post-processing facilities, and nanofabrication facilities, etc. As we are affiliated with TexasA&M, the nanofabrication would also be performed at the Henry F. Taylor Nanofabrication Facility and the Microscopy and Imaging Center at Texas A&M.


Dr. Howard Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at Baylor University and IQSE Fellow in the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering (IQSE) at Texas A&M University. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at California Institute of Technology, working with Professor Harry Atwater in the Applied Physics and Materials Science Department. He received his PhD in Physics from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Germany in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Philip Russell (2015 President of OSA) and Mphil in Electronic Engineering at City University of Hong Kong in 2008. His research focuses on active plasmonics, metasurfaces, zero-index optics, and micro/nanostructured optical fibers. Dr. Lee is the recipient of the 2017 DARPA Young Faculty Award and Croucher Postdoctoral Fellowship. His work on nano-optics, plasmonics and photonic crystals has led to publications in various journals, such as Science, Nano Letters, Advanced Materials, Optics Letters and Applied Physics Letters, as well as 30 invited talks and 90 conference papers.


The Baylor Experience

Working at Baylor is so much more than simply having a job!  As part of the Baylor family, employees not only receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, generous time off, and fantastic automatic retirement contributions*, they also get to experience Baylor.

·       Experience the culture of working for an institution consistently ranked as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education

·       Experience a mission driven organization based on a strong Christian commitment  (

·       Experience Baylor academics with outstanding tuition remission for staff and qualified dependents*

·       Experience our beautiful campus with access to libraries, museums, and recreational facilities such as our fitness center, athletic courts, an indoor swimming pool, and the Baylor marina to name a few

·       Experience our great dining facilities and enjoy an employee discount

·       Experience Baylor athletics with reduced admission or free access to athletic events

·       Experience Baylor through many more wonderful events and programs that take place on campus each year

*For more details and eligibility requirements, please visit

About Baylor
Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas. The university provides a vibrant campus community for over 16,000 students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Baylor is actively recruiting staff who support our mission as we pursue our bold vision, Pro Futuris.

 Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.  

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Department of Physics
Baylor University
One Bear Place #97316
Waco, TX 76798-7316

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