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Job Title: Research Associate (Post-Doctoral Fellow) – Photonics – Advanced Science Research Center

Job ID: 21971

Location: Graduate Center

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Conducts academic research in connection with CUNY programs; may assist faculty, staff, and students in conducting research and lead research efforts involving others.

  • Develops research plans and proposals and participates in acquiring funding
  • Collects, analyzes, and assures validity of data
  • Writes progress reports; writes and publishes findings
  • Collaborates with internal and external colleagues
  • Adheres to standards for safety and hygiene and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties


Research Associate




The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

A Research Associate (Post-Doctoral Fellow) position is currently available in the Grosso Lab at the ASRC. The lab focuses on Quantum Optics and Nanoscale Spectroscopy to develop new single photon sources and other quantum platforms based on 2D materials. The research work will include fabrication and characterization of photonic structures, nanofabrication with 2D materials, optical characterization including single photon spectroscopy and Fourier spectroscopy. The Research Associate will conduct independent research within the guidelines of the group and in collaboration with other members of the lab, the Photonics Initiative and the Advanced Science Research Center. S/he will also assist and mentor students in conducting research.

The lab is part of a dynamic and multidisciplinary research environment at the Photonics Initiative of ASRC, in which multiple groups share mixed labs, structures and facilities. Along this line, we truly value and promote the genuine exchange of ideas and expertise. The CUNY Advanced Science Research Center provides sophisticated equipment and staff support to researchers, including a state-of-the-art Clean Room/NanoFabrication Facility, Imaging facilities, Visualization Room, and a Rooftop Observatory. This position reports to Professor Grosso. For more information about the Grosso lab, please visit

This position is for one year with possibility of renewal for up to two additional years.


Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.


A preferred candidate should have:

  • Ph.D. degree in Physics, Photonics, Engineering, Chemistry.
  • 2 years of research experience in the field of experimental optics and/or integrated photonics and/or 2D materials and/or quantum optics is strongly preferred.
  • Background and experience with nanofabrication.
  • Experience with spectroscopy.
  • Self-motivation to independently pursue research ideas and a healthy appetite for publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Ability to create presentations for conferences.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans. Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.


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Open until filled with review of applications to begin on May 4, 2020.


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