Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in Optics and Photonics

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Orlando)
Categories: Optics & Photonics

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Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in Optics and Photonics

Job Description:

The Townes Laser Institute and CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida (UCF), are establishing a new initiative in lasers in medicine and biophotonics. As part of this initiative, new faculty positions are open to strengthen partnerships with ongoing activities in the School of Biomedical Sciences and the College of Medicine. We are now seeking candidates for a tenured/tenure track faculty position who will lead an internationally visible research program and contribute to our educational programs in advanced biophotonics.


The Townes Laser Institute is housed within CREOL, which is one of the nation’s premier academic research centers in advanced laser technologies and their applications. Its mission is to advance laser technologies that will impact applications in manufacturing, medicine and defense. CREOL is the first graduate college of optics in the country. The college is comprised of approximately 50 full-time and associated faculty, over 130 graduate students, a new undergraduate program, and an annual research budget of $17M.


UCF, with an enrollment of more than 68,000 students and growing, is located in Orlando, a large metropolitan city centrally positioned in Florida’s High Tech Corridor between Tampa/St. Petersburg and Cape Canaveral.  The College of Medicine, which includes the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, has stimulated a strong interest in biophotonics at CREOL. We are building strength in this multidisciplinary area and are enhancing collaborations between existing faculty in optics and photonics and faculty in the biomedical sciences at UCF and within the Orlando Medical City, which is home to the UCF College of Medicine, the VA Medical Center, and the Nemours Children Hospital.


AA-College of Optics and Photonics, CREOL

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Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Optics or a closely related field, research experience in a relevant discipline, a willingness to mentor students and teach in optics and biophotonics, and the aptitude to partner with collaborators and promote new science and technology for outside funding from federal and other research agencies.


In order to obtain tenure, the selected candidate must have a demonstrated record of teaching, research, and service commensurate with rank.

Preferred Qualifications:

The preferred candidate will have demonstrated potential for leading a research program on using the physics of light in life sciences to solve scientific and technical challenges in areas related to biosensing, neuro imaging, optical diagnostics and therapeutics, nonlinear optical imaging techniques, and other areas in biophotonics, and laser applications in medicine.

Additional Application Materials Required:

Candidates must apply online at, and include supporting documents such as a curriculum vita, statement of research and teaching plan, and the names and contact information of three references.


Review of applications will begin September 6, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.


For more information about this position, please contact Professor Peter Delfyett, Search Committee Chair, at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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