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Postdoctoral Research Associate II

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Postdoctoral Research Associate II
Department College of Optical Sciences (2001)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona is seeking applicants for a post-doctoral research associate in the field of quantum estimation theory with applications in optical imaging and sensing. The ideal candidate will be one who has a strong prior experience with at least two of the following three topic areas: (1) tools from quantum estimation theory, e.g., quantum Fisher information, quantum Cramer Rao bound, other Bayesian measures and bounds, (2) application of quantum estimation tools to problems in optics, e.g., quantum metrology and optical imaging, and (3) continuous variable quantum optics, e.g., covariance matrix descriptions of Gaussian states and measurements, multi-spatio-temporal mode analysis of linear and non-linear propagation of light. The candidate will be co-supervised by Profs. Saikat Guha and Amit Ashok, and will work closely with a team of theorists and experimentalists, on problems in quantum enhanced imaging.

The initial contract period will be for one year, and will be renewable based on the availability of funds.

The candidate is expected to support and advance Inclusive Excellence, the UA diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiative designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students.

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
  • The candidate will engage in independent theoretical research in quantum estimation theory with applications to optical imaging problems, with minimal supervision.
  • The candidate will be expected to participate in scholarly discussions with colleagues on new ideas and concepts, work closely with experimentalists, author journal papers and conference articles.
  • The candidate will have the opportunity, if they wish, to participate in writing grant proposals for new projects.
  • The candidate will be expected to supervise undergraduate/MSc/PhD students.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.
  • Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
    Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or a related field relevant to the technical requirements of the position.
  • Previous experience with independent research in quantum estimation theory and optical sensing.
  • Experience with at least two of the following three topic areas: (1) tools from quantum estimation theory, e.g., quantum Fisher information, quantum Cramer Rao bound, other Bayesian measures and bounds, (2) application of quantum estimation tools to problems in optics, e.g., quantum metrology and optical imaging, and (3) continuous variable quantum optics, e.g., covariance matrix descriptions of Gaussian states and measurements, multi-spatio-temporal mode analysis of linear and non-linear propagation of light.
  • Preferred Qualifications
  • 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 Category Postdoctoral Research
    Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
    Posted Rate of Pay DOE
    Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

    Posting Detail Information

    Posting Number P20514
    Number of Vacancies One
    Desired Start Date
    Position End Date (if temporary)
    Limited to Current UA Employees No
    Contact Information for Candidates

    Lisa Armijo larmijo@optics.arizona.edu

    Open Date 01/29/2018
    Close Date
    Open Until Filled Yes
    Review Begins On 02/08/2018
    Special Instructions to Applicant

    Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation.

    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. 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 encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 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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    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
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      • Referred by UA Employee
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    2. * Do you have a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or a related field relevant to the technical requirements of the position; And previous experience with independent research in quantum estimation theory and optical sensing?
      • Yes
      • No

    Documents Needed to Apply

    Required Documents
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    Optional Documents