The Optical Imaging and Brain Science group at the University of Minnesota has an open postdoctoral associate position to advance groundbreaking electro-optical deflection technology for use in multiphoton microscopy and beyond. Our laboratory (www.kerlinlab.org) develops optical instrumentation, with a focus on technologies that will transform brain research. Our projects involve multidisciplinary teams with appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Department of Neuroscience.
The successful candidate will lead a project to develop novel methods for controlling space-charge density in crystals with extraordinarily high electro-optical coefficients. We have recently received substantial funds from the National Institutes of Health to pursue this research direction.
Highly qualified candidates will have a background in photonics with laboratory experience investigating light-matter interactions or designing optical devices. Our work utilizes a wide array of cutting-edge equipment, including various continuous and mode-locked lasers, electro-optical deflectors, multiphoton microscopes, photomultipliers, interferometers, wavefront sensors, thermal imagers, as well as state-of the-art nanofabrication facilities at the neighboring Minnesota Nano Center: https://cse.umn.edu/mnc. Design and experimentation is driven by simulations in Matlab, Zemax OpticStudio, and COMSOL multiphysics.
This position is open immediately and hiring at a starting salary between $70,000 and $80,000 per year. This is a unique opportunity to conduct basic research in electro-optics with direct impact on medical discovery. We are located in the East Bank Campus of the University of Minnesota within the vibrant city of Minneapolis, which is home to over 550 square kilometers of lakes and parks, two internationally acclaimed orchestras, a robust local music scene, and almost as many theater seats as New York City.
- Design and conduct experiments exploring the limits of electro-optical deflection
- Design and construct novel electro-optical instrumentation and microscopes
- Safely operate high-energy pulsed lasers
- Publish papers and present findings at conferences
- Mentor and train junior research team members
- Assist with funding proposals and technology commercialization
- Ph.D. degree in Physics, Engineering, Optics, Chemistry, or related field in the physical sciences.
- Strong hands-on experimental background and technical problem-solving skills
- Strong written and oral communication skills
Working at the University
At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.
The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
- Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
- Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
- Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
- Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
- University HSA contributions
- Disability and employer-paid life insurance
- Employee wellbeing program
- Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
- Financial counseling services
- Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost
Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.
How To Apply
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