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

Job Title: Research Associate - Photonics Initiative

Job ID: 20774

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, 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.

A Research Associate (Post-doctoral Fellow) position is currently available under the supervision of Professor Matthew Sfeir at the ASRC’s Photonics Initiative. 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.

It is expected that the incumbent will independently pursue new research ideas, publish outstanding papers and publicize his/her work at conferences, mentor graduate students, and participate in fundraising efforts.

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. For more information about Professor Sfeir’s lab, visit

This position is for one year and is renewable for a second and third year, with an end date no later than August 2022.

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, performs data analysis, and writes 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 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:

  • Ph.D. degree in Physics, Chemistry, Photonics, or Engineering.

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

  • Experience with electron spin resonance, nanophotonics, electronics, and new technique development.


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 July 22, 2019


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