Research Assistant Professor

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Research Assistant Professor


Electrical & Computer Engineering-1063

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Description of Work:

The Research Assistant Professor is responsible for conducting research projects related to laser macro/micro/nano material processing technologies and the development of related systems/equipment in the Laser Assisted Nano Engineering Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,

Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Research and develop novel laser macro/micro/nano material processing technologies that can solve practical issues in industrial and research communities.
  • Conceive feasible solutions and prepare proposals for industry and government agencies.
  • Design and develop product-grade laser material processing equipment that can work in commercial and/or government applications.
  • Explore future research fields and direct the development of LANE group.
  • Educate and train graduate students.
  • Install, integrate and maintain lab equipment and systems.

Typical research areas include ultrafast laser micro/nano processing, laser surface treatment, laser cutting/ablation/3D-drilling, laser welding and 3D-printing.
As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in electronic engineering, physical electronics or closely related field.
  • Minimum of two years post Ph.D. research experience.
  • Project experience in laser desensitization for 5xxx Al alloys, laser micro/nano processing technologies and related system/equipment development.

Research experience should encompass:
  1. Research in optical system design, such as laser beam re-shape lenses, aspherical lens arrays, laser processing heads and high-speed laser beam scanning systems.
  2. Experience in machine design for the development of industrial laser processing equipment, mathematical modeling to analyze laser-mater interactions, finite element analyses (especially for thermal-stress analyses).
  3. Experience working with Nd:YAG lasers, diode-pumped solid state lasers, ultrafast lasers, fiber lasers (CW, QCW and pulsed), UV lasers, and CO2 lasers.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Multidisciplinary expertise and background.
  • Extensive research experience in optics, photonics, electronics, laser materials processing, machine design, hardware & software development, and system design & integration.
  • Demonstrated innovation and the ability to develop feasible solutions for the problems in industry and the government.
  • Familiarity with laser cutting/ablation/3D-drilling, laser welding and 3D-printing.
  • A strong track record of journal publication in laser material processing.
  • A strong track record of patent applications.
  • Proficiency using ZEMAX software.
  • Proficiency in using Solidworks software for independent design of laser processing systems.
  • Experience in software development to control laser material processing equipment.
  • Familiarity with the circuit design of control laser material processing equipment.
  • Experience in finite element analyses (such as ANSYS) for the thermal and stress.
  • Experience in mathematical modeling (such as MATLAB) to analyze laser-matter interactions.

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How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this Job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:

  1. A single-page cover letter explaining your interest in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  2. A curriculum vitae.
  3. Research and diversity statements.
  4. A list of at least three references.
Note, please combine research and diversity statements into a single pdf document and attach as “Other Document.”

For more information on the requested candidate statements, please visit

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Nancy Re, [email protected]

Job Category (old):

Faculty Non-Tenure Leading

Job Type:

12 Month (Faculty Only)

Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding?:



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