Director, American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics)


: $97,590.00 - $144,930.00 /year *

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Director, American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics)

About SUNY Polytechnic Institute:

Employment is with the Research Foundation for The State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly)

The Research Foundation for The State University of New York (SUNY) is the largest, most comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country. The Research Foundation manages SUNY's research portfolio, providing essential sponsored programs administration and innovation support services to SUNY faculty, students and staff performing research in areas including life sciences and medicine; engineering and nanotechnology; physical sciences and energy; social sciences; arts and humanities; and computer and information sciences.

The Research Foundation, a private, not-for-profit corporation, is an employer separate from both SUNY and the State of New York, and offers comparable compensation and benefit plans. The Research Foundation is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive teaching, research, and working environment. Potential applicants who share this goal, especially underrepresented minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) is a Department of Defense (DoD)- sponsored program awarded to the State University of New York's (SUNY) Research Foundation (RF). Under AIM Photonics, RF SUNY is responsible for developing a sustainable end-to-end photonics ecosystem to insure U.S competitiveness in technologies important to enabling advanced telecommunications, sensors, computing, and other photonic technologies. The Institute's scope includes domestic prototyping with a path to high volume foundry access, integrated design tools, packaging, assembly and test capabilities, and workforce development.

In addition to the role of Institute leader, overseeing all Institute activities in general, The Institute Director manages a technical and business organization focused on wafer-scale fabrication of silicon integrated photonic systems in Albany, NY, and a Test, Assembly, and Packaging (TAP) facility in Rochester, NY. Within RF SUNY this activity employs approximately 40 people across engineering, business and administrative disciplines, and coordinates the activities of partner staff (~60).

There are currently one hundred and twelve (112) government agency, industrial, and academic members within AIM Photonics all focused upon organizing and growing the fragmented emerging domestic capabilities within the integrated photonics technology eco-system. The goal of AIM Photonics is to better position small- and medium-sized companies in the U.S. relative to global competition in this field and to address government agency requirements. Consequently, activities under the Institute are focused on enabling universities and small to medium enterprises to participate in, and gain access to, the burgeoning integrated photonics marketplace.

The Institute Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Institute, which includes interfacing with the ecosystem and the program sponsors as well as growing the user base and supporting their needs using AIM capabilities. The Director also chairs a Leadership Council comprised of industry, academic and State representative members where the DoD holds no less than 25% representation on the Leadership Council. The Director will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer of NYCREATES.

Other reasonable duties as assigned.



The successful candidate will have a PhD in photonics, nanoscale science and engineering or equivalent fields from college or University accredited by the US Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization, and have at least ten years of experience in the photonics field and experience managing large, cross-disciplinary, government-funded centers or institutes. Proven success working effectively with a broad array of diverse constituents including senior representatives from business, government and academia is required. Demonstrated analytical skills in research, development and translation to pre-commercial and commercial products as well as persuasive interpersonal, oral and written communication proficiency and experience with strategic planning, project and program management are required skill sets.

Candidates must address in their applications their ability to work with culturally diverse populations. This position is contingent on the satisfactory completion of a background check; this position may require annual background checks.

Notes: Position contingent on the availability of funding

Additional Information:

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