CUNY Research Associate (Post-Doctoral Fellow) - Photonics - Advanced Science Research Center in New York, New York


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, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

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.

The ASRC seeks a Research Associate to join the Photonics Initiative. The ASRC will house a research-dedicated, state-of-the-art multi-functional photonic lab fully equipped with excellent infrastructure for nanophotonic, optical, and electromagnetic characterization, and other cutting-edge facilities, spanning from visible to radio-frequency and acoustic wavelengths. Reporting to the Director of the Photonics Initiative, the Research Associate works closely and collaboratively with internal and external scientists to effectively use the photonic equipment and conduct related research. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in collaborative research in the scientific areas supported at the ASRC, and will be encouraged to develop and drive an independent research program focused around photonics, nano-optics, acoustics, and electromagnetics.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Independently conducts research under the guidance of the Director of the Photonics Initiative;

  • Maintains detailed records of experiments;

  • Actively participates in collaborative research within the ASRC;

  • Actively seeks new collaborative projects within CUNY and externally;

  • Supervises researchers, graduate and undergraduate students;

  • Seeks funding to support research activities; assists with preparation of grant proposals, presentations, and publications;

  • Refines and adapts methodologies to fit specific experiment requirements;

  • Investigates and recommends alternative approaches to improve the quality of experiment results;

  • Contributes to dissemination of results through workshops, seminars, and publications;

  • Designs, develops, and oversees quality control procedures and analytical methods;

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.


A preferred candidate should have:

  • Ph.D. in engineering, physics, mathematics, optical sciences, or a related field.

  • Extensive experience with optical equipment and photonics research.

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and a proven ability to learn and teach in a multidisciplinary environment.

  • Ability to work independently or in teams.

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and work to meet tight deadlines.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to collaborate with basic and clinical scientists.


Commensurate with education and experience.


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 February 25, 2019


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Job Title: Research Associate (Post-Doctoral Fellow) - Photonics - Advanced Science Research Center

Job ID: 20151

Location: Graduate Center

Regular/Temporary: Regular