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CUNY Research Associate - Photonics Initiative in New York, New York

Job Title: Research Associate - Photonics Initiative

Job ID: 22234

Location: Graduate Center

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Conducts academic research in connection with CUNY programs; may assist faculty, staff, and students in conducting research and lead research efforts involving others.

  • Develops research plans and proposals and participates in acquiring funding

  • Collects, analyzes, and assures validity of data

  • Writes progress reports; writes and publishes findings

  • Collaborates with internal and external colleagues

  • Adheres to standards for safety and hygiene and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties


Research Associate




The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni— who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

A Research Associate (postdoc) position is currently available under the supervision of Professor Matthew Y. Sfeir at the ASRC. Our group explores novel electronic phenomena in nanoscale and molecular materials with ultrafast and other broadband optoelectronic probes. The research project will include the design and fabrication of photonic structures incorporating organic spin materials, as well as a determination of their magnetic, nonlinear optical, and transient properties.

The lab is part of a dynamic and multidisciplinary research environment at the Photonics Initiative of ASRC, in which multiple groups share mixed labs, structures and facilities. Along this line, we truly value and promote the genuine exchange of ideas and expertise. The CUNY Advanced Science Research Center provides sophisticated equipment and staff support to researchers, including a state-of-the-art Clean Room/NanoFabrication Facility, Imaging facilities, Visualization Room, and a Rooftop Observatory.

As part of their duties, it is expected that the candidate will independently pursue new research ideas, publish outstanding papers and publicize their work at conferences, mentor graduate students, and participate in fundraising efforts. S/he will conduct academic research in connection with CUNY programs.

The duration of this position is one year and is renewable for a second and third year, with an end date no later than August 2024. For more information regarding the lab please visit

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Develops ideas and experimental concepts in the field of nanophotonics and organic electron spin materials;

  • Develops and fabricates new experimental ultrafast optical techniques for the characterization of nanoscale and molecular photonic structures;

  • Runs experiments and simulations, data analysis, write scientific reports for publications and grant proposals;

  • Assists and mentors students in conducting research;

  • Conducts independent research within the guidelines of the group and in collaboration with other members of the lab, the Photonics Initiative and the ASRC;

  • Adheres to standards for safety and hygiene and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties;

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.


A preferred candidate should have:

  • Doctorate degree in Physics, Chemistry, Photonics, or Engineering.

  • Strong background in ultrafast optics, nanomaterials, and nanofabrication. Experience with electron spin resonance, nanophotonics, electronics, and new technique development.

  • 2 years of research experience in the field of ultrafast optics and/or integrated photonics and/or nanomaterials and/or electron spin phenomena.


Commensurate with experience and qualifications


CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans. Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.


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Open until filled with review of applications to begin on March 19, 2021


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