Postoctoral Researcher in Engineering, Science, and Mechanics

Penn State University

University Park Campus
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College of Engineering
Engineering, Science, and Mechanics


Opportunity for a postdoctoral research fellow is available in the Photonics and Quantum Technology Laboratory led by Dr. Sahin K. Ozdemir (, in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at The Pennsylvania State University, for highly motivated PhD scientists having intellectual curiosity and are ready to undertake creative research for delivering innovative photonic and quantum optical solutions to complex problems. Candidates with strong experimental background in Engineering, Optics and Physics are sought to join leading efforts in the development and application of novel optical and quantum technologies. The successful candidate will have access to the nanofabrication and materials characterization labs at the Materials Research Institute (, and contribute to projects that include micro/nano-fabrication, optomechanics, PT-symmetric photonics, quantum photonics, and nonlinear optics. Requirements: Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Optical Sciences, Material Science, Applied Physics or other relevant disciplines. Proven track record in the fields in one or more of the fields mentioned above. Proven experience in hands-on photonics, optomechanics and quantum optics experiments, and fabrication of nano-and micro-photonic devices. Advanced programming and simulation skills in MATLAB, LabVIEW, and Comsol are highly desirable. Excellent interpersonal communication and teamwork skills. Ability to work independently, both under supervision and as a part of a team. Term/Availability: 1 year (with possibility for a 2nd year). Available immediately (start date can be negotiable).

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088