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Optics Program Director

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Oct 31, 2023

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Optics Program Director

Job no: 531762

Work type: Faculty - Career

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Executive/Management/Director, Instruction

Department: Knight Campus
Rank: Lecturer
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins

August 7, 2023; position open until filled (Updated)

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with your online application please upload a cover letter and cv.

Department Summary

The Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is a billion-dollar initiative designed to fast-track scientific discoveries and the process of turning those discoveries into innovations that improve the quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation, and beyond. The Knight Campus will reshape the higher education landscape in Oregon by training the next generations of scientists, forging tighter ties with industry and entrepreneurs, and creating new educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

The Knight Campus Graduate Internship Program (KCGIP) at the Knight Campus trains students in the real-world knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the industrial research laboratory - and at the interview table. We believe an advanced degree should help students land a job and prepare them for a successful career. The program currently has multiple tracks including Bioinformatics, PV & Semiconductor Devise Processing, Optical Materials & Devices, Polymer Science, and Molecular Sensors. The program is also growing and creating new degree tracks to align with industry needs in areas such as Data Science. The KCGIP currently enrolls over 130 graduate students annually and is expected to have significant enrollment growth as new degree tracks are launched over the next 2-5 years.

Position Summary

The Optics Program Director will have primary responsibilities for: oversight of equipment and facilities used in experiential learning and research, modernization of core curriculum, instruction of 2-3 program-specific courses, and internal stakeholder engagement. Additionally, the Program Director will provide support for industry engagement and student recruitment. The position requires scientific expertise in the area of optical materials and devices.

Minimum Requirements

  • A PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, Physical Chemistry or a related discipline. In some cases, relevant experience can substitute for a terminal degree.
  • Three years of experience in the fabrication or application of optical materials and devices.
  • Three years of experience in the instruction of experiential learning.
  • Two years of experience mentoring graduate students on industry-relevant professional skills (i.e. interviewing, resume writing, teamwork).
  • One year of experience in curriculum development for graduate-level applied programs.

    Professional Competencies

  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Commitment to promoting an inclusive work environment.
  • Strong interest in the training of graduate student scientists.
  • Ability to instruct graduate-level Design of Experiments course and courses relevant to optics.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Management of laboratory facilities utilized by external customers.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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