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Tenure-track Faculty Position in Photonic Systems

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 5, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Engineering
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard University seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in photonic systems, with an expected start date of July 1, 2022. We invite applications in all areas related to photonic circuits and networks, including microwave, terahertz and optical frequencies, and length scales from on-chip circuits to long-haul networks. Examples of application areas include optical interconnects, photonic-electronic interfaces, bio-imaging systems, and photonic-enabled quantum information processing.

Photonics research at Harvard benefits from outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, world-leading faculty, an excellent location relative to neighboring institutions, and significant industrial collaboration. It is also aided by exceptional nanofabrication resources at the Center for Nanoscale Structures (CNS). The successful candidate will benefit from university-wide initiatives that include the Harvard Quantum Initiative (HQI), the Quantitative Biology Initiative, and the Center for the Environment; and the successful candidate will be joining an interdisciplinary team of SEAS faculty that spans two areas, Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics. Information about Harvard’s current faculty, research, and educational programs in these areas is available at and

This position is one of two open positions in the Electrical Engineering area at SEAS. The other is a Tenure-track Faculty Position in Electrical Engineering as described at

Candidates are required to have a doctorate or terminal degree in Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, Physics or related fields by the expected start date.

We seek candidates who have a strong research record and commitment to undergraduate teaching and graduate training. In particular, we are looking for broadly educated and multidisciplinary applicants who can interact with a wide range of faculty in materials science, computer science and engineering, bioengineering, and other areas of SEAS. SEAS values diversity among its faculty, is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities.

Required application documents are a cover letter, CV, a statement of research interests, a teaching statement, and up to three representative papers. SEAS is a highly interdisciplinary environment without traditional departments, but the teaching statement should indicate a primary teaching area (e.g. applied physics, electrical engineering). In addition, we ask for a statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas. 

Applicants can apply online for the tenure-track faculty position in Photonic Systems at

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or other protected status.

Candidates are also required to submit the names and contact information for at least three and up to five references, and the application is complete only when three letters have been submitted. At least one letter must come from someone who has not served as the candidate’s undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral advisor. We encourage candidates to apply by December 15, 2021, but will continue to review applications until the position is filled.

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