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Assistant Research Scientist, Space and Planetary Instrumentation, Commercialization, and Exploratio

University of Central Florida
Union Park, FL
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Nov 30, 2022

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The Opportunity

The College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, non-tenure earning assistant research scientist in the area of fiber optics research. Through the Space and Planetary Instrumentation, Commercialization, and Exploration (SPICE) initiative, CREOL and UCF are expanding their educational and research efforts in space-related technologies and instrumentation. The development of advanced optical fibers, fiber lasers and fiber optic devices provides critical advances in spaceflight instrumentation, with applications ranging from space exploration to remote sensing to communications.

In synergy with CREOL faculty, this position supports fiber optics research and works on planning, developing, and executing advanced research projects. The assistant research scientist carries the responsibility for implementing advanced optical fiber manufacturing processes as well as managing and maintaining laboratories and test facilities related to fiber optics research, with particular emphasis on space photonics.

The selected candidate will engage in proposal development in relevant fiber optics technologies enabling cutting-edge research through the design and fabrication of specialty optical fibers, including large mode area fibers doped with rare earth materials, multicore fibers, and hollow-core fibers, to mention a few. The incumbent will also perform rigorous tests and simulations, ensure that the produced fibers and fiber devices meet specifications and performance parameters, and participate in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics, is one of the world's foremost institutions for research and education in optical and photonic science and engineering. The college offers Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Optics and Photonics, and a B.S. degree in Photonic Science and Engineering. The faculty engage in fundamental and applied research and education in lasers, optical fibers, semiconductor and integrated photonic devices, nonlinear and quantum optics, and imaging, sensing, and displays. The college is now home to the Florida Photonics Center of Excellence (FPCE), the Townes Laser Institute (TLI), and the Institute for the Frontier of Attosecond Science and Technology (iFAST). In addition, the College of Medicine, which includes the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, provides rich opportunities for collaboration. For more information visit .

Located in Orlando, Florida, UCF is classified as a Very High Research Activity (R1) university by the Carnegie Foundation. With a diverse student body of more than 70,000 students, UCF is one of the largest universities in the country. The university offers more than 220-degree programs. UCF is committed to diversity and was designated a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2019. For the fifth consecutive year, UCF has been recognized among the nation's most innovative universities according to U.S. News & World Report while Kiplinger's and The Princeton Review have ranked UCF as one of the nation's best values for a college education. For more information, visit .
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