Lecturer or Instructor, Space Photonics

Job Summary

Visiting and Non-tenure Faculty Positions
University Of Central Florida
CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement
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Job Description

The Opportunity

CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a full-time, 9-month faculty position at the rank of lecturer or instructor (non-tenure earning) in the area of space photonics.  This search is tied to a substantial investment by the University of Central Florida (UCF) in its Space and Planetary Instrumentation for Commercialization and Exploration (SPICE) initiative, in collaboration with the Florida Space Institute, the Department of Physics, and other UCF units. This includes the establishment of a dedicated Space Photonics Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory, a related Space Photonics Research Laboratory, and a planned professor hire (in addition to this current non-tenure-track search).


The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to be an effective teacher and to teach students from diverse academic backgrounds. Responsibilities include working with CREOL faculty to establish both the Space Photonics Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory and related courses/curricula; teaching undergraduate courses, and potentially some occasional graduate courses.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • M.S. (for Instructor), or Ph.D. (for Lecturer) from an accredited institution in optics or a closely related discipline.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. from an accredited institution in optics or a closely related discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience and excellence in teaching in optics or a closely related discipline at the undergraduate level.
  • Demonstrated hands-on laboratory experience in optics/photonics, with preference for space photonics applications.



Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Type
Included Benefits

Working at UCF has its perks! UCF offers: 

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Paid time off, including annual (12-month faculty) and sick time off and paid holidays.
  • Retirement savings options.
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando attractions.
  • Education assistance.
  • Flexible work environment.
  • And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees’ on the UCF Human Resources website (https://hr.ucf.edu/)

Application Details

Application Instructions
Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website, https://www.ucf.edu/jobs/. In addition to the online application, interested candidates should upload a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching plans, and names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

The selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.
Publication Start Date
2024 May 10
Application Deadline
2024 Aug 07


Dr. Stephen Eikenberry, Search Committee Chair