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Research Instrumentation Scientist / Specialist in the Center for Core Technology Platforms

New York University Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Job Details

Photonics and Telecommunications


The Core Technology Platforms (CTP) at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) are multidisciplinary, centrally organized research facilities comprised of 12 core laboratories. We provide hundreds of research equipment, user training, and research support to NYU Abu Dhabi's academic community and collaborators. For more information, please refer to the CTP website.

The CTP seeks to appoint a Research Instrumentation Scientist Photonics and Telecommunications (Ph.D.) or a Research Instrumentation Specialist Photonics and Telecommunications (MSc).


  • Creating experimentation setups using Optical and RF components (Modulators, Amplifiers, Detectors, etc.).

  • Developing optical and/or wireless testbeds and communication system prototypes (including optics, electronics, software, firmware, and mechanical sub-assemblies).

  • Automating data acquisition processes by combining multiple instruments and developing software to control them.

  • Designing custom-made experimentation components and systems.

  • Planning, scheduling, and executing measurement campaigns, as well as supporting the users with data analysis.

  • Manage, maintain, and upgrade the current equipment.

  • Purchasing new equipment, accessories, spare parts, and consumables.

  • Develop and maintain instructional materials, standard operating procedures, Risk Assessments, and any other EHS-required documentation for the safe operation of the laboratory.

  • Participate and collaborate with researchers and scientists in the relevant fields.

Required skills and experience:

  • The candidate will work with researchers and faculty to assist them in setting up and running experiments in the relevant CTP.

  • Should be able to demonstrate strong knowledge and experience with research-level laboratory instrumentation and must have strong background and experience in developing optical and/or wireless testbeds and communication system prototypes (including optics, electronics, software, firmware, and mechanical sub-assemblies).

  • Should demonstrate strong hands-on experience working with optical and RF equipment and components such as oscilloscopes, signal generators, spectrum analyzers, optical powermeter, optical spectrum analyzer, beamshape analyzer, etc.

  • Should demonstrate strong theoretical background and hands-on experience in Signal processing, Optical and RF communication, Data acquisition, Data transmission formats, Optical signal propagation, FDTD simulations, integrated optics, free-space optical communication (FSO), visible light communication, and fiber optic communication.

  • Demonstrate excellent programing skills, at least in one of the following programming environments: Labview, Matlab, C, or Python.

  • Will be expected to work with different groups of researchers manage the shared facilites.

  • The candidate must be willing to be trained on additional equipment as required and operate them, and may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this job description.

Required education:

  • For the Research Instrumentation Scientist position, applicants must have a PhD degree in Telecommunications, Electronics, Photonics, or relevant field

  • For the Research Instrumentation Specialist position, applicants must have a MSc degree in Telecommunications, Electronics, Photonics, or relevant field or relevant field.

Preferred experience:

  • Three years of relevant experience preferably in higher education laboratories focusing on operating optical and Telecommunications equipment.

  • Experience conducting scientific research that includes methods and technologies associated with analytical or relevant fields with a proven record of scientific publications.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, solid written, verbal and presentation skills, and experience.

  • Good judgment skills and the ability to solve problems.

Questions about the specifics of this position should be sent to:

Application Instructions

The terms of employment are very competitive and include housing and educational subsidies for children. Applications will be accepted immediately and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. To be considered, applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcript of degree, and at least two letters of recommendation, all in PDF format, submitted via Interfolio.


NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Employer

UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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NYU is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity, and social inclusion.


NYU's agreement with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to create NYU Abu Dhabi is the outcome of a shared understanding of the essential roles and challenges of higher education in the 21st century: a common belief in the value of a liberal arts education, concurrence on the benefits a research university brings to the society that sustains it, a conviction that interaction with new ideas and people who are different is valuable and necessary, and a commitment to educating students who are true citizens of the world. As the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university, NYU Abu Dhabi has been built on the following principles:

  • NYU Abu Dhabi is a research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science college. It draws students from around the world, and prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of our interconnected world.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi equips students for leadership in all arenas of human endeavor. It fosters curiosity, creativity, and critical reflection. At NYUAD, students extend themselves and the frontiers of knowledge.
  • The residential life of students is central to the University's academic mission. Learning takes place across the campus, not only in classrooms, but also in residential houses, through participation in clubs and sports, during informal campus gatherings, and being engaged with the wider community.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi stimulates advanced research. The NYUAD Institute is a major research center. Research is integral to the undergraduate experience at NYU Abu Dhabi, and it will also drive the University's graduate programs.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York form the backbone of a fully connected global network university. As one of the two major hubs in the global network, NYUAD creates a unique capacity for faculty and students to access the assets of the entire university system.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi advances the city of Abu Dhabi as a magnetic center of ideas and human talent.


NYU Abu Dhabi consists of a highly selective liberal arts and sciences college and a world center for advanced research and scholarship — integrated with each other and connected through technology to NYU New York.

Together, NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York form the backbone of a unique global network university that equips students for leadership in all arenas of human endeavor by fostering curiosity, creativity, and critical reflection.

NYU Abu Dhabi is a central component of Abu Dhabi's vision of becoming a leading world idea capital. For its first four years, the University is located in the heart of downtown Abu Dhabi. In 2014, it will move to its permanent home on Saadiyat Island, where it will be joined by neighbors including the Guggenheim, the Louvre, the Zayed National Museum, and a world-class performing arts center.

In working for NYU Abu Dhabi, you will help to build the world's first truly global university and research institute. The University's faculty and staff come from around the world, and the first class of students, who arrived in the fall of 2010, is one of the most geographically diverse student bodies on the planet. To date, NYU Abu Dhabi's staff alone is comprised of individuals from more than 30 different countries. For NYU Abu Dhabi, creating a culture of inclusion contributes not only to our success, but also to the richness of the talented staff that we can attract. When you join us as an employee, we look forward to learning more about your culture and seeing things from your unique viewpoint.

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