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SPIE Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences – University of Arizona

The Wyant College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona is proud to announce a faculty search for the SPIE Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences, a position that will target the broad area of quantum systems engineering.

The Wyant College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona is world renowned for the outstanding breadth and depth of its research and education programs in Optical Sciences.  Optics resides at the core of many critical science and technology fields, from fundamental discovery in optical physics to engineering innovations enabling biomedicine, remote sensing, communications, energy, manufacturing and more.

The college, and the University of Arizona more broadly, have recently invested in new faculty in Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE), an area that is embraced broadly across the university as one of the research initiatives in Arizona’s new strategic plan.  Very recently the Wyant College of Optical Sciences has taken the leadership role in establishing the Center for Quantum Networks (CQN), one of the four new NSF Gen 4 Engineering Research Centers in the USA.

Testbeds and aggressive demonstrator systems will be key to advancing and driving synergies in underlying QISE research disciplines, and can also often be the basis for fundamental discovery of unanticipated phenomena that ultimately govern the efficacy of practical systems.  The SPIE Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences will help to lead the QISE efforts in full systems-level demonstrations of quantum systems that aim to outperform, or perform functions that are not possible with, any classical counterparts.  Examples may include network functions such as quantum repeaters, distributed quantum data-base access, or the realization of new physical and imaging sensor system architectures leveraging quantum and entanglement effects.

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Researcher/Scientist III – University of Arizona

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.

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Researcher/Scientist IV – University of Arizona

The College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona is seeking a candidate for a PI-eligible senior experimentalist research scientist, who will lead and oversee a substantial experimental project on quantum repeater development within the NSF-funded Center for Quantum Networks. The ideal candidate would have a strong graduate research experience in quantum non-linear optics with a focus on squeezed light generation and manipulation. A strong background in quantum information, especially continuous variable quantum optics, and prior experimental background in spin-qubits (such as color centers in diamond) are strongly desirable. The successful candidate should hold, by the time of employment, a Ph.D. degree in Optics, Physics/Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, or a related field.

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Program Coordinator, Sr.- University of Arizona

The Wyant College of Optical Sciences is seeking candidates to fill a Senior Program Coordinator position to provide programmatic support and coordination for the National Science Foundation – Engineering Resource Center, Center for Quantum Networks (CQN) to the Engineering Workforce Development (EWD) and Diversity and Culture of Inclusion (DCI) Pillars at the University of Arizona. The CQN encompasses a nationwide network of research, education/workforce, technology transfer (Innovation) and diversity, equity, and inclusion comprising several participating universities, of which the University of Arizona is the lead. This position reports to the Administrative Director for CQN with coordination from EWD and DCI directors. The primary role of the coordinator will be to take initiative in planning, coordinating, implementing, evaluating, and tracking of various EWD and DCI nationwide precollege, university and workforce outreach activities and projects, across the CQN university partners from inception to completion to include, budget preparation, application process and selection, establish and orient faculty mentors, prepare marketing and recruitment materials, be the point of contact for program locations, implement program activities, and report on activities. The coordinator will negotiate service-learning agreements and internships with partners and stakeholders and work with graduate students on program planning and implementation. Through these activities the coordinator will support a culture of inclusion within CQN to help to build a diverse quantum engineering workforce.

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Accountant, Sr. – University of Arizona

The Center for Quantum Networks (CQN), a National Science Foundation-Engineering Resource Center at the University of Arizona in the College of Optical Sciences is seeking a bright and ambitious team member to serve in the role of Accountant II with credentials in accounting and/or finance. As a critical team member, this position works closely with the Directors in performing professional accounting activities in a complex, evolving and fast-paced environment while managing day-to-day transactions, financial data/analysis, financial compliance and financial programmatic responsibilities across multiple funding sources (federal, state, local, university, industry, and private). The incumbent must be savvy in acquiring knowledge across core and partner university financial systems to perform the essential job duties. This pivotal role manages all aspects of CQN funding, account management, budget monitoring and grants in a complex research and academic setting at the University of Arizona and across several core and partner universities nationwide. CQN is a growing nationwide network of universities serving multiple missions for research, education/workforce, technology transfer (Innovation) and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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