Postdoctoral Research Scholar (Photonics, Microresonators)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Work Unit:
College of Engineering
Engineering Science and Mechanics


Opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Photonics and Quantum Technology Laboratory led by Dr. Sahin K. Ozdemir (see the publication list and research interests at, in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at The Pennsylvania State University is available for highly motivated Ph.D. scientists having intellectual curiosity and are ready to undertake creative research for delivering innovative photonic solutions to complex problems. Candidates with strong experimental background in optics and biophysics/photonics are sought to join leading efforts in the development and application of novel microresonator-based optical technologies. The successful candidate will have access to the nanofabrication and materials characterization labs at the Materials Research Institute ( and to the facilities at Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences ( and contribute to projects that include micro/nano-fabrication, biophotonics, and nonlinear optics. Requirements include a Ph.D. degree in Physics or Optical Sciences; proven track record in one or more of the fields mentioned above; proven experience in hands-on photonics and biophysics 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; and ability to work independently, both under supervision and as a part of a team. Penn State’s College of Engineering strives to build a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive environment for students, staff, and faculty. We rely on the expertise, sensitivity and commitment of an inclusive faculty to enhance diversity, seek equity, and create a welcoming environment within our community. We are committed to nurturing a learning and working environment that respects differences in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation. In welcoming every candidate, we strive to meet the needs of professional families by actively assisting with partner-placement needs. We are inspiring change and impacting tomorrow.

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