Director for the Institute of Optics

The Institute of Optics invites applications and nominations for its next Director. Applications for this prestigious position should include a cover letter describing leadership experience, with separate attachments describing research and teaching interests and curriculum vitae with a complete list of publications.

The Director will play a leading role in articulating and executing a vision for The Institute and its faculty over the next
decade. The Director will be committed to excellence in the educational and research missions of The Institute. The Director will have a strong track record of national and international leadership in Optics. The Director will be committed to cultivating a sense of community among The Institute’s alumni and Industrial Associates. The Director will lead major initiatives in resource development and fundraising for The Institute and its faculty.

Founded over 80 years ago, The Institute of Optics houses the oldest academic optics program in the US. The Institute provides comprehensive coverage of the field of optics, both in faculty research and in curriculum, offering BS, MS and PhD degrees in optics. Additional information about The Institute can be found at: 

Applicants should be prepared to provide complete contact information for at least four references upon request.  Applications should be submitted online through the University of Rochester’s Faculty Online Recruiting page:

Review of completed applications will begin on January 15, 2017. Further communication and/or nominations can be sent to the Optics Director Search Committee, attention: Lori Russell, The Institute of Optics, P. O. Box 270186, Rochester, NY 14627.

The University of Rochester, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled
The successful candidate will have a PhD in optics, physics, or a related field, and an outstanding international reputation in optics, with demonstrated excellence in leadership, research and teaching.

Employer will assist with relocation costs.