Assistant Professor - Biophotonics

College Station, Texas
Jun 27, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Title
Assistant Professor – Biophotonics

Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Texas A&M AgriLife Research

The position reports to the department head of the most appropriate department based on the hire’s area of expertise.

Tenure track appointment; 9-month College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 1-month Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Work Location
College Station, Texas

Texas A&M University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Texas A&M University (, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (, and Texas A&M AgriLife Research ( are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/ Disability Employers dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans are strongly encouraged.

Starting Date
Review of applications will begin July 31, 2018, and date of hire will be September 1, 2018 or after until a suitable applicant is hired.

General Duties and Responsibilities
The applicant should have demonstrated potential for leading a research and teaching program in sensor developments for biological applications. Job duties will be to (1) establish an integrated teaching and research program focused on the development of advanced sensory techniques, including spectroscopy, for biological applications, and (2) to contribute effectively to a team of plant biologists, physicists, biochemists and engineers collaborating to translate fundamental quantum physics and spectroscopic techniques into functional systems that address agricultural and industrial needs. The incumbent will be expected to direct graduate student research, establish a publication record, to include intellectual property development and patents, and attract extramural funding sufficient to support an active research program. Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate courses based on departmental needs and the individual’s expertise. The incumbent will advise both undergraduate and graduate students. Professional improvement efforts and an appropriate level of service to the institution, editorial and funding review processes and professional societies at the national and local levels are expected.

Required Education/Experience
By date of appointment, incumbent must have earned a Ph.D. in an appropriate discipline, engineering or physics, with expertise in one or more of the following areas: sensor development, optical spectroscopy (including Raman spectroscopy), or cyber-physical systems.

Required Special Knowledge, Abilities, Skills
In addition, the applicant should have effective verbal and written English skills, the ability to work both independently and as a multidisciplinary team member, and the ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others.
Texas A&M University, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and AgriLife Research are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and/or service, and who are committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations. See for more information.

Required licenses, certifications or registrations
Licensed, or ability to become licensed, as a professional engineer.

Preferred Experience
 Demonstrated success in grantsmanship, innovative and effective instruction in related subject matter.

Apply at and be prepared to upload the following documents:

  • Letter of application describing applicant’s interests and qualifications, unique skills, perspectives, and programmatic areas that will contribute significantly to the College’s existing scholarly activities in research, teaching and/or service. Texas A&M, the College, and AgriLife Research are especially interested in candidates committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment, and applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal; describe how multicultural issues have been or will be brought into courses; and describe any previous activities mentoring minorities, women, or members of other underrepresented groups.
  • An up-to-date and detailed curriculum vita.
  • A list of the applicant’s five most significant publications including a brief interpretation (2-3 sentences) of their significance and impact in the field.
  • A complete list of names and contact information of five references.

Failure to provide all job application data and documents could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. When completing the online application, you should hit the Save for Later button if you are unable to complete or upload all required documents. This will allow you to reopen the application. Hit the Submit button ONLY when you are satisfied that your application is complete and ready for review. Once submitted, the applicant no longer has access to the application. If you submit the application before it is completed, contact Dawn Kerstetter ([email protected]).

Security-Sensitive Designation
All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the agency’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by agency procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

For further information, applicants may contact Dr. David Reed at [email protected] or 979-458-0710.