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Postdoctoral Research Associate I

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Electrical Engineering

Posting Number: req5748

Department: James C Wyant Coll Optical Sci

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The College of Optical Sciences in the University of Arizona is a recognized world leader in optics and photonics research. The Intelligent Imaging and Sensing Lab (I2SL) in the college, led by Prof. Amit Ashok, focuses on use of prior information and novel optical mechanisms/phenomenon in the design of computational imaging and sensing systems. This approach utilizes design degrees of freedom in the optical and the post-processing domains jointly towards the goal of maximizing the "information" content of measurements relevant to a particular task (e.g. image formation, target detection). The research group is currently engaged in several computational imaging projects in the areas of optical and digital super-resolution, X-ray material discrimination, passive/active ranging, coherent and partially-coherent computational imaging, information-optimal measurement design and image reconstruction discrimination algorithms. The ideal postdoc candidate should have a strong background in signal/image processing, detection and estimation theory, and physical principles underlying optical sensors and imaging systems. The postdoc will have the unique opportunity to make fundamental contributions in the areas of optical light field imaging (active/passive), X-ray based imaging and anomaly detection, computational imaging and, mentor graduate students, write grants and proposals, and present his/her work at international SPIE/OSA/IEEE/SIAM conferences and in flagship peer-reviewed journals.

*Occasional travel may be required.

*This is a year-to-year appointment, renewable contingent upon funding and performance.

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

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide advanced technical expertise in signal/image processing, statistical inference, algorithm development/ implementation on high-performance computing platforms.
  • Interface with other researchers developing physical models of optical imaging/sensing systems.
  • Periodic technical reporting and documentation as required by research sponsors.
  • Present technical results at leading conference and publish in flagship journals.
  • Mentor graduate students and supervise lab activities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Sound understanding of optical imaging system design and analysis.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Optical Sciences/Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, OR related discipline.
  • Experience in working with optical imaging and sensing systems.
  • Demonstrated expertise in signal/image processing and statistical inference.
  • Demonstrated experience in algorithm development/implementation using high-level programming languages/simulation environments, such as C/C++/Python, MATLAB, etc.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Programming experience on graphical processing units (GPU) and/or high-performance computing platforms will be considered as an added qualification.
  • Experience in independent research with a strong publication record.
  • Experience working in a team environment.
  • Experience communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.00

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

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

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

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Tammie Brown

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

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. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, 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 provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. 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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