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Researcher/Scientist III (Multiple Positions)

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

Posting Number: req11168

Department: James C Wyant Coll Optical Sci

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona is seeking a candidate for the position of a research scientist with a strong theoretical background in quantum optics and quantum information theory. Desirable skills and background include: knowledge of quantum Shannon theory, phase space description of non-classical states of light, non-Gaussianity and entanglement measures, and an overall strong background in standard principles from electrical engineering such as linear systems theory, stochastic processes, and basic control theory principles. The candidate will work under the supervision of Prof. Saikat Guha, at the University of Arizona, along with a team of graduate students and postdocs with theoretical and experimental backgrounds, in topics surrounding continuous variable quantum information processing, with applications to quantum communications, entanglement-assisted sensing and optical quantum computing in scalable platforms. Applicants should have demonstrated scientific and technical experience in some of the aforementioned areas.

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; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Engage in theoretical research in quantum enhanced photonic information processing with applications to continuous variable quantum information processing, with minimal supervision from the PI.
  • Participate in scholarly discussions with colleagues on new ideas and concepts, work closely with theorists and experimentalists, author journal papers and conference articles, participate in government review meetings, and give talks and seminars on technical topics.
  • Supervise undergraduate/MS/PhD students/postdocs, and potentially participate in classroom teaching - to be determined in consultation with Prof. Guha.
  • Participate in writing grant proposals for new projects.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, OR related field relevant to the technical requirements of the position.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree in Optics, Physics/Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, or a related field and more than three experience as a post-doctoral researcher.
  • Applicants should have demonstrated scientific and technical experience in some of the aforementioned areas.
  • Previous experience with independent research in quantum optics and integrated photonics.
  • Previous experience in supervising PhD students and/or junior colleagues.
  • Experience with MATLAB and/or C/C++ for scientific computations.

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)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Researchers & Scientists

Job Function


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

Number of Vacancies: 2

Contact Information for Candidates

Brianna Moreno

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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