Assistant/Associate Professor of Optical Engineering

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

Applications are invited for a University Assistant/Associate Professor in Optical Engineering. The successful candidate will join the Engineering Department's Electrical Engineering Division in West Cambridge to add to its broad expertise in photonics, which spans from fundamental work on materials, devices and fabrication through to applications in areas as diverse as quantum communications, photonic integrated circuits and displays.

Products that enable an immersive virtual or augmented reality experience will be enabled by a new generation of optically enabled infrastructure. This will require a system-based engineering approach. Optical sub-systems integratings intelligent algorithms will be needed addressing data communications and switching, optical computing, spectrum processing and sensing in addition to hardware above the physical layer in a communication system. We are looking for applicants who will address the engineering challenges associated with developing these optical systems of the future.

In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to offer a small supplement to the salary range stated for this role for a five-year period. Any such supplement would be awarded on the basis of a demonstrable history of exceptional achievement and is entirely at the discretion of the University.

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In addition to this, please ensure that you upload the application documentation as follows:

  • a curriculum vitae (CV);

  • a full publication list;

  • a statement which covers professional, teaching and research experience and describes your future research plans (no more than two pages in total); and

  • a cover letter.

If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 17 September 2023. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the HR Office (, +44 (0) 1223 332615).

The interviewing panel will meet soon after the closing date in order to produce a short-list; references may be solicited. Short-listed candidates will be invited to visit the Department, give a short seminar/lecture and attend a formal interview which is expected to take place in November 2023.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Andrew Flewitt (

Please quote reference NM35193 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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