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Research Scientist-Wyant College of Optical Sciences

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Laboratory and Research

Posting Number: req19774

Department: James C Wyant Coll Optical Sci

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences is seeking candidates to fill a senior/mid-level research scientist/engineer with background on hardware design, development, implementation and testing of a free-space optical laser communication system. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading a government funded research project with a team of faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and students, along with industrial and university partners.

Please note: Due to ITAR/EAR restrictions the successful candidate must be a U.S. Citizen or hold permanent resident status.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead research effort on hardware development of
    free-space laser communication system. Design, develop, implement and test
    transmitter and receiver terminal consisting of a laser source, a
    modulator, a beam steering mechanism and optics such as Galvo mirror, fast
    steering mirror, and MEMS diffractive beam steerer, detectors such as quad
    detectors, high speed detectors, and cameras. The successful candidate
    requires knowledge and track-record practice on opt-mechanical-electrical
    system development and testing.
  • Effectively collaborate with faculty, staff, and
    students at University of Arizona. As a responsible point of contact and
    technical lead of hardware development, manage and coordinate efforts
    among the team at University of Arizona, and with external industry and
    university partners.
  • Keep track of progress and document. Assist preparation
    of report and presentations to sponsor. Prepare documents for industrial
    and university partners. Prepare journal and conference.
  • Assist PI to prepare proposals to existing and
    prospective sponsors.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in optics related disciplines, such as electrical
    engineering, physics, mechanical engineering.
  • At least 8 years of experience in design,
    development, implementation and testing of opt-mechanical-electrical-photonics
  • Due to ITAR/EAR restrictions the successful
    candidate must be a U.S. Citizen or hold permanent resident status.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience with spatial light modulators such as LCoS, and DMD, and theory on free space optical communication and with beam steering modalities to control such devices.
  • Track record of publications and conference presentations.
  • Experience with hands-on lab work.
  • Demonstrated experience with GPU programming, FPGA, and DNN in image recognition is a plus.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $75,540 - $98,201

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



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Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates


Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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