Assistant Professor

Rochester, NY


Institute of Optics

Faculty Opening

The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester

The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester invites applications for a junior tenure-track faculty position. Openings exist for outstanding individuals with a Ph.D. degree in Physics, Optics, Electrical Engineering, or a related discipline. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will be expected to pursue a vigorous research program and to teach and advise at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We invite applications from candidates with innovative research expertise across all areas of optics, photonics and imaging including especially optical theory, optical materials and optical physics.

Founded in 1929, The Institute of Optics is the first academic Optics program in the U.S. It offers B.S. degrees in Optics and in Optical Engineering, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Optics, with over 350 students currently enrolled. Institute faculty have collaborative opportunities with research centers such as the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, the Center for Visual Science, the Center for High Energy Density Physics, the Center for Freeform Optics, AIM Photonics as well as departments within UR’s adjacent Medical Center. Faculty also have frequent collaboration with 50+ members of our Industrial Associates program. Additional information can be found at: .

Candidates should apply to the position at .

Application materials must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of research plans (3-6 pages)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and interests (1-2 pages)
  • Statement of commitment to advancing equity and fostering an inclusive and diverse community in academia, including past work and future goals (1-2 pages)
  • Names and contact information for three references. References will be contacted for select candidates after committee review

Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2023.

For additional information, contact Professor Jim Zavislan, Chair of the Search Committee, at

The University of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

EOE / Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled

Salary Range: $90,000.00 - $115,000.00

The referenced pay range represents the full base range of pay for this job. Individual salaries will be determined within the job’s salary range and established based on market data, experience and expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

The University of Rochester, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

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