Senior Research Scientist in Physics

California University of Technology
Pasadena, California, United States
14 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
12 Dec 2016
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

This staff position is for a research scientist with advanced expertise in the physics, fabrication, and characterization of nanoscale opto-electro-mechanical devices. The position also requires someone who is interested in exploring applications of device research carried out in the Painter Lab.

Job Duties

  • Perform research into the development of nanoscale optical, mechanical, and electrical devices. In particular as it pertains to integrated photonic devices, optomechanical inertial sensors, superconducting optical detectors, and integrated atomic-photonic systems.
  • Design and fabrication of optical couplers for coupling light between different optical layers and structures in an integrated photonic chip.
  • Help upgrade and maintain the Painter Lab fabrication facilities.
  • Perform microwave, optical, and mechanical design using analytical and numerical tools such as COMSOL and SONNET.
  • Write papers detailing research results.
  • Mentor students on proper scientific methods.
  • Train students in the fabrication and measurement of devices.
  • Other job duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

  • PhD or equivalent in Physics or Applied Physics, with extensive experience in the design, fabrication, and characterization of optical and mechanical structures.
  • Expertise in the fabrication of nanomembrane devices in the silicon and silicon nitride material system.
  • Expertise in the fabrication of nanoscale optical and mechanical devices in the SOI material system.
  • Expertise in the optical testing of optical and optomechanical devices.
  • Attention to detail, excellent problem-solving and debugging skills.
  • Ability to work independently, with very minimal supervision. A high level of responsibility and organization.
  • Teamwork skills and an ability to collaborate with coworkers having diverse skills and backgrounds.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Supervisory position?


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