Research Scientist – Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Iowa invites applications for a Research Scientist in exciting research and development of semiconductor infrared optoelectronics / photonics. This is a one-year specified-term position, with possible extension. Duties include: 

  • Micro- and nano-fabrication of novel device concepts 
  • Molecular beam epitaxial growth of semiconductor nanostructures 
  • Device design, testing and characterization  
  • Writing papers and making presentations 
  • Assisting with grant and contract applications 

The ideal candidate will have a background in optoelectronics, device microfabrication (RIE, e-beam evaporation, photolithography, e-beam lithography), and III-V MBE growth; and excellent writing and communication skills.  Experience in characterization techniques such as optical measurements, LIV characterization, electro- and photo-luminescence, x-ray diffraction, Hall measurements, is a plus. Experience with optical design packages is also a plus. A Ph.D. in physics, electrical and computer engineering, optics or related field is required.  The initial appointment is for one year with opportunity for renewal based on performance and continuation of funding. Visit to learn more. 

Note: Funding requirements mandate that the individual hired be a U.S. citizen.

Salary: $70,000 – 90,000 

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For a full job description, please send an e-mail to the contact listed below.

Position and Application details:  

Visit and search for Requisition #22006217. To be considered for an interview, applicants must upload the following documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter 

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended.  

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and credential/education verification.  Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.  

This position is not eligible for sponsorship for work authorization. For additional questions, please contact [email protected].  

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