Job Summary

The Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering at Purdue University is seeking highly qualified applicants for a Research Assistant Professor position to work with Prof. Theresa S. Mayer in the area of scalable nanofabrication of manufacturable gradient refractive index (M-GRIN) optical devices and coatings for high performance and extreme environment applications. This use-inspired research supported by industry and involves early stage work through prototypes. The project will be conducted in the Birck Nanotechnology Center, which includes the state-of-the-art Scrifes Nanofabrication Laboratory and associated characterization labs.

This research work will advance the field of high-performance M-GRIN optical devices and coatings by leveraging advanced nanofabrication techniques to create customizable 2D and 3D nanostructures in a wide variety of bulk and deposited materials. Specific skills include experience in nanofabrication of advanced devices that require integration of multiple complex unit process steps, including optical and electron-beam lithography, physical and chemical vapor deposition, wet and dry etching. Experience in optical and GRIN material design, structural and optical device characterization, and technology transition is strongly recommended. Other duties outside of the lab include interfacing with industry and federal sponsors, ensuring program milestones and deliverables are met, mentoring Ph.D. students and post-docs, leading research team meetings, preparing proposals, manuscripts and presentations and managing a research budget. The successful candidate will also receive support and mentoring on ways to work with industry and federal sponsors, preparing proposals, and responsible research practices.


The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in engineering or science discipline with training in advanced nanofabrication and characterization of optical nanostructures or related devices. The candidate will have research experience in optical materials and device design and modeling are preferred. Outstanding interpersonal, written, and verbal communication and analytic skills. The candidate must be able to work in a nanofabrication cleanroom environment and remotely from home, as necessary. US Citizenship or Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position. 

Application Procedures

Submit an application to this site including a complete curriculum vitae, and (names and contact information for at least 3 references, and a diversity and inclusion statement indicating past experiences, current interests or activities, and future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.
Questions regarding the position may be addressed by Theresa S. Mayer, Ph.D. Professor, Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University 
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 
This is a two-year appointment that may be renewed for up to two additional one-year terms, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance with an immediate starting date.
A background check is a requirement for this position.
Purdue is an ADVANCE institution The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement.  Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. 

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