Optical Engineer

Chapel Hill
Sep 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Type: Permanent Staff

Department: Cell Biology and Physiology - 422001

Appointment Type: EHRA Non-Faculty

Vacancy ID: NF0002698

Position Summary: The Department of Cell Biology and Physiology is a broad and interdisciplinary basic science department in the School of Medicine at UNC-CH. As a top-ranked, nationally-recognized leader in basic science research, our faculty and staff are engaged in innovative and cutting edge research in many areas including neuroscience and imaging. This position is in the laboratory of Dr. Spencer Smith, which is also part of the UNC Neuroscience Center. The individual who fills this optical engineer position will be working specifically on the Nemonic (NExt generation MultiphOton NeuroImaging Consortium) project to develop and widely disseminate state-of-the-art technology for multiphoton imaging and associated techniques for the neuroscience community, and to advance emerging technology for future innovation in multiphoton neuroimaging. Ultimately, the activities of the Nemonic project will enable new experiments and accelerate discoveries in neuroscience. This position reports directly to the PI, Spencer Smith. This individual will work with Dr. Smith, industry contacts (ThorLabs, Coherent, Newport, and others), and all consortium members to design and assemble the instrumentation. Design work will be collaborative, but this position will be the lead in assembly, testing, troubleshooting, optimization, and related work. They will aid in design and integration of the optical and electronic components into a functioning system and do basic engineering characterization and testing (e.g., point-spread function measurements). Advanced knowledge and experience is expected for this position, but we do expect to perform some training for this rather specialized project. The individual will also assist in shipping instrumentation and setting it up in the Case Study labs, and providing troubleshooting support. Due to the collaborative nature of this multi-site project, the individual who fills this position must have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, as well as a willingness to work closely with other consortium members through direct training, presentations, and workshops.

Application Deadline:

Education Requirements: BS in technical field with at least 3 years of relevant experience required (ex. engineering, physics, neuroscience); higher degree preferred

Qualification and Experience: Candidate must have significant professional experience working with optics, either through a research laboratory or industry. Additional experience with electronics and coding preferred. Experience in the following is not required, but would be advantageous: - ultrafast (femtosecond) laser pulse characterization (e.g., group delay dispersion) - laser scanning microscopy - pulse front characterization (e.g., RMS wavefront error, using wavefront sensors) - adaptive optics (deformable mirrors, spatial light modulators) - optomechanics - Zemax - LabVIEW

Equal Opportunity Employer: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Department Contact Name and Title: Matthew Tucci, HR Consultant

Department Contact Telephone Number or Email: matthew_tucci@med.unc.edu