City University of New York, Advanced Science Research Center

Position ID:CUNY-ASRC-LAB [#21537, 23933]
Position Title: Photonics Laboratory Facility Director (Research Assistant Professor or Research Associate Professor) – Advanced Science Research Center
Position Type:Non-regular rank faculty
Position Location:New York, New York 10031, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: photonics / Photonic Materials
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/03/30, finished 2023/03/04)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

The ASRC’s Photonics Initiative has established itself as a leading research center in New York City, nationwide and internationally. The Photonics Initiative has over 40 active researchers and two established core user facilities in Photonics and in radio frequency (RF) and millimeter waves, with a broad range of users from across CUNY, other academic institutions, and industry. The Photonics Core houses a research dedicated, state-of-the-art photonics lab equipped with infrastructure for nanophotonic, optical, and electromagnetic characterization. We seek an outstanding scientist with a strong record of research accomplishments in one or more of the following fields: nanophotonics, plasmonics, nano-optics, quantum optics, optomechanics, terahertz technology, ultrafast spectroscopy, nonlinear optics, electromagnetics and applications, metamaterials, biophotonics, and other fields broadly related to photonics and optics. The Photonics Laboratory Facility Director (Research Assistant Professor or Research Associate Professor) reports to the Director of the Photonics Initiative, and works closely and collaboratively with internal and external scientists to effectively use the photonic equipment and conduct related research. The successful candidate will have the opportunity collaborate in the scientific areas supported at the ASRC, and will be encouraged to develop and drive an independent research program focused around photonics, nano-optics and electromagnetics. In addition, the Research Assistant Professor or Research Associate Professor directs the day-today operation and management of the Photonics facility.

Duties include but are not limited to:

- Actively participates in collaborative research within the ASRC and supervises researchers, graduate and undergraduate students; Actively seeks new collaborative projects within CUNY and externally.

- Oversees the Photonics Laboratory facility’s daily operations schedule and technical environment while exercising considerable latitude, independent judgment, and accountability. Maintains laboratory, instruments, and computers; Serves as the lead for the setup and operation of the Photonics Laboratory facility; Plans and manages reservations and access to the facility including for regular user meetings.

- Creates and manages the budget for the facility and its equipment.

- Designs, develops, and oversees quality control procedures and analytical methods.

- Contributes to dissemination of results through workshops, seminars, and publications.

- Trains research staff in specialized procedures and theoretical concepts to ensure projects are administered according to research protocol.

- Supervises, advises, and trains internal and external users, with varying degrees of experience, in experimental design, sample preparation, imaging and data interpretation; creates training manuals for users.

- Investigates and recommends alternative approaches to improve the quality of experiment results; Refines and adapts methodologies to fit specific experiment requirements.

- Contributes to planning of extensions or updates of the facility to achieve optimal research capabilities.

- Seeks funding to support research activities; assists with preparation of grant proposals, presentations, and publications.

- Performs other duties as assigned.

Until further notice, this is a hybrid position, eligible to work remotely and work in the office. All CUNY employees must reside within a commutable distance to their campus (or office).


Ph.D. in area(s) of expertise or equivalent and a record of several years of successful research experience, clear evidence of ability to perform research independently or collaborate on research projects, and significant scholarship in his/her field. Also required are the ability to advise and/or oversee the direct work of others and a commitment to service in a university setting.

A preferred candidate should have:

- Ph.D. in engineering, physics, mathematics, optical sciences, or a related field.

- Extensive experience with optical equipment and photonics research.

- Experience in equipment installation, implementation of relevant upgrades and improvements, and liaising with suppliers.

- Excellent problem solving skills and a proven ability to learn and teach in a multidisciplinary environment.

- Ability to work independently or in teams.

- Demonstrated ability to prioritize and work to meet tight deadlines.

- Strong attention to detail.

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

- Ability to collaborate with basic and clinical scientists.


CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


Please submit:

1. Curriculum Vitae

2. Cover Letter (two-page maximum) - Summarize your research accomplishments and your fit for the Photonics Initiative at the CUNY ASRC, including your interests and approaches to interdisciplinary research

3. Research Statement (three-page maximum) - Describe your previous, current and proposed future research

4. Contact information for three professional references (name, title, and organization).


Open until filled


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

The City University of New York (CUNY) is committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply.  We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion.  EO/AA Employer.

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