Baylor University, Physics

2061 15912
Position ID:Baylor University-Physics-POSTDOCTORALRESEARCHASSOCIATE [#15912]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Nonlinear Nanophotonics
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Texas, United States [map]
Subject Areas: photonics / Nonlinear optics
nanoelectronics / Nanoscale optics
Nanotechnology/Devices / Devices
Physics / Optics and Photonics
Appl Deadline: (posted 2020/01/25, listed until 2020/11/25)
Position Description:    

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Position Overview 
Baylor University is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Nonlinear Nanophotonics, Plasmonics, and Metasurfaces. The Nano-Optics group at Baylor University invites applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to participate in the project of “Nonlinear metasurfaces, plasmonics, and zero-index materials”. The successful candidate will join our research program led by Professor Howard Lee in the Department of Physics at Baylor University (Waco, Texas, USA). 

The projects will focus on some of these studies: 
  1. Tunable nonlinear optical metasurfaces
  2. Nonlinear optics in epsilon-near-zero materials
  3. Reconfigurable nonlinear plasmonic waveguides and nanostructures 
The successful candidate is expected to make high-impact contributions to cutting edge research areas and also have the opportunity to collaborate with scientists at Texas A&M, and Naval Research Lab. The position is available as early as February 2020. 

  • PhD in physics, material sciences, photonics, or engineering
  • Research experience in nonlinear optics and plasmonics/metamaterials
  • Strong experimental skills in nonlinear optical characterization, nanofabrication, and free-space optics
  • Familiarity with nonlinear simulation and numerical modeling (Lumerical, Comsol, Matlab, etc.)
  • Highly motivated for working in an interdisciplinary environment with graduate and undergraduate students, and have passion to perform excellent research in nanophotonics.
  • Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. 
To Apply Interested applicants are encouraged to send a CV and a brief statement of research interests to Prof. Howard Lee ( Official application could be submitted to For more information about the position and research activities of the group, please visit Applications will be accepted immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

About the Nano-optics Lab 
Part of our nano-optics lab is located in the 508,000 square foot Baylor Sciences Building (BSB), as well as in the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC). Our labs at Baylor equipped with Ti:Sapphire femtosecond laser system with optical parametric amplifier, mode-locked diode pumped Nd:YAG laser amplifier with tunable OPA, supercontinuum light source, tunable lasers, atomic layer deposition/sputtering system, , pressure-assisted high temperature filling system (for hybrid metal/semiconductor filled microstructured fiber), optical characterization, optical fiber post-processing facilities, and nanofabrication facilities (e.g. Raith Voyager Ebeam lithography system), etc. As we are affiliated with TexasA&M, the nanofabrication would also be performed at the Henry F. Taylor Nanofabrication Facility and the Microscopy and Imaging Center at Texas A&M. 

Dr. Howard Lee is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at Baylor University and IQSE Fellow and visiting professor in the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering (IQSE) at TexasA&M. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Caltech, working with Prof. Harry Atwater in active plasmonics/metasurfaces. He received his PhD in Physics from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Germany in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Philip Russell (2015 President of OSA). His current research focuses on active linear, nonlinear, and quantum plasmonic/metasurface/zero-index optics, quantum biophotonics and imaging, “meta”-fiber optics, and hybrid photonic-plasmonic on-chip optical devices. His work on nano-optics, plasmonics, and photonic crystals has led to 35 journal publications in various journals, such as Science, Nano Letters, Advanced Materials, ACS Photonics, and Laser & Photonics Reviews as well as 50 invited talks and 130 conference papers. Dr. Lee is a recipient of a 2020 SPIE Rising Researcher, a 2019 DARPA Director’s Fellowship, a 2019 IEEE OGC Young Scientist Award, a 2018 NSF CAREER Award, a 2017 DARPA Young Faculty Award, a 2018 OSA Ambassador, a 2017 APS Robert S. Hyer Award, a 2018 Baylor Young Investigator Award, a 2016 Baylor Proposal Development Award, and a 2012 Croucher Postdoctoral Fellowship. He organized more than 10 technical sessions in nanophotonics/metasurfaces in international conferences (CLEO, META, PQE, MRS) and serves as Symposium Organizer for plasmonic/metasurface symposiums at MRS 2019 Fall Meeting, 2020 Spring Meeting, and 2020 Fall Meeting. He is a Founding Associate Editor for OSA Continuum and Associate Editor for Nature Scientific Reports journals. 

The Baylor Experience 
Working at Baylor is so much more than simply having a job! As part of the Baylor family, employees not only receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, generous time off, and fantastic automatic retirement contributions*, they also get to experience Baylor. 
  • Experience the culture of working for an institution consistently ranked as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Experience a mission driven organization based on a strong Christian commitment (
  • Experience Baylor academics with outstanding tuition remission for staff and qualified dependents*
  • Experience our beautiful campus with access to libraries, museums, and recreational facilities such as our fitness center, athletic courts, an indoor swimming pool, and the Baylor marina to name a few
  • Experience our great dining facilities and enjoy an employee discount
  • Experience Baylor athletics with reduced admission or free access to athletic events
  • Experience Baylor through many more wonderful events and programs that take place on campus each year 
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About Baylor 
Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas. The university provides a vibrant campus community for over 16,000 students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Baylor is actively recruiting staff who support our mission as we pursue our bold vision, Pro Futuris. 

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

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