City University of New York, Advanced Science Research Center

Position ID:CUNY-ASRC-POSTDOC [#23969, 25780]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow (Research Associate) - Photonics Initiative - CUNY Advanced Science Research Center
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:New York, New York 10031, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: photonics
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/12/08, finished 2023/12/09, listed until 2023/06/08)
Position Description:   URMs  

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Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow (Research Associate) - Photonics Initiative - CUNY Advanced Science Research Center Job ID: 25780 Closing Date: Open until filled Founded in 1847, the City University of New York (CUNY) counts 14 Nobel Prize and 26 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni. The CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (CUNY ASRC), which opened its doors in September 2014 is an outgrowth of CUNY’s “Decade of Science” initiative, a 10-year-long, multibillion-dollar commitment to elevating science research and education. It is located in a state-of-the-art, 200,000-square-foot building in Upper Manhattan. The CUNY ASRC was founded on the principle that the next great scientific advances will result from the interaction of researchers across different disciplines. Thus, the center integrates five diverse research fields to encourage collaboration among established scientists, early-career researchers, and students in areas that shape 21st-century global science including Photonics, Nanoscience, Structural Biology, Neuroscience, and Environmental sciences. In recent years, CUNY ASRC has attracted many world-renowned professors and researchers due to its excellent location and research facility. It has become the hub for interdisciplinary research networks across New York City.

The Guo Lab at the ASRC is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow. The Guo lab focuses on integrated nonlinear and ultrafast photonics, aiming at developing highly efficient, multi-functional, chip-scale ultrafast light sources and systems for next-generation sensing and computing architectures. The successful applicant for this open position will join these efforts by conducting design, numerical modeling, fabrication, and measurements of integrated nonlinear photonic devices based on emerging material platforms and their heterogeneous integration. The Postdoctoral Fellow will conduct independent research within the guidelines of the group and in collaboration with other members of the lab, the Photonics Initiative, and the Advanced Science Research Center. The incumbent will also assist and mentor students in conducting research. This position reports to Professor Guo and is for one year with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years.

The appointment will begin in March 2023 and the end date for the position will be August of a given year as the appointment in this title is based on the academic year calendar.

For more information about the Guo lab, please visit

About the PI and the lab: Dr. Qiushi Guo is an incoming assistant professor at CUNY Advanced Science Research Center. He is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the California Institute of Technology with Prof. Alireza Marandi. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Yale University in Dec. 2019, advised by Prof. Fengnian Xia. Dr. Guo is the finalist of the 2022 Rising Stars of Light, and the winner of the 2021 Henry Prentiss Becton Graduate Prize for his exceptional research achievements at Yale University. His research interests include integrated nonlinear and quantum photonics, mid-infrared photonics, and 2-D materials optoelectronics. He has published 40 peer-reviewed research papers in leading scientific journals including Science, Nature Photonics, Nature Materials, Physical Review Letters, Nature Communications, Science Advances, Nano Letters, Optica, etc. with citations more than 3200 times. He is a reviewer of more than 30 international journals, and he is serving on the editorial board of the journal Micromachines.

The Guo lab is part of a dynamic and multidisciplinary research environment at the Photonics Initiative of ASRC, in which multiple groups share mixed labs, structures, and facilities. Along this line, we truly value and promote the genuine exchange of ideas and expertise. In our lab, postdocs and students will get solid training in theory/numerical simulation, optical/electrical measurements, and device fabrication. The CUNY Advanced Science Research Center provides sophisticated equipment and staff support to researchers, including a state-of-the-art Clean Room/NanoFabrication Facility, a photonic core facility, and RF/mm-wave core facility.

Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

Until further notice, this is a hybrid position, eligible to work remotely and work in the office. GENERAL DUTIES

- Conducts academic research in connection with CUNY programs; may assist faculty, staff, and students in conducting research and lead research efforts involving others.

- Develops research plans and proposals and participates in acquiring funding

- Collects, analyzes, and assures validity of data

- Writes progress reports; writes and publishes findings

- Collaborates with internal and external colleagues

- Adheres to standards for safety and hygiene and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.


A preferred candidate should have:

- Ph.D. degree in optics, electrical engineering, physics, material science, or related fields from an accredited institution.

- More than 2 years of experience in free-space, fiber, or integrated photonics.

- Proficiency with linear and nonlinear optical device simulation and modeling.

- Experience in micro/nano device fabrication is highly preferred.

- A proven track record of publication in leading scientific journals in photonics.

- Strong motivation to explore new research directions and pursue new research ideas. COMPENSATION $55,000 - $65,000. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Health Plan Coverage for Employees Hired on or after October 1, 2022 City of New York employees and employees of Participating Employers and their eligible dependents hired on or after October 1, 2022 will only be eligible to enroll in the EmblemHealth HIP HMO Preferred Plan and must remain in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan for the first year (365 days) of employment.

After 365 days of employment, the employee will have the option of either remaining in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan or selecting a different health plan within 30 days before the end of the 365th day period.

If a new health plan is selected, the new plan will be effective on the 366th day.

Only after the 365th day can the employee participate in any Annual Fall Transfer Period. An employee who needs to request an exemption from the required enrollment in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan can do so by submitting a HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form to EmblemHealth. An employee, or eligible dependent, must meet certain criteria and the request must be approved by EmblemHealth before the exemption is granted. The HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form and HIP service area are available on the EmblemHealth website.


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