Open Academic Positions

 

Tenure-Track Faculty Positions

Temporary Lecturer Positions

Academic Coordinators 

Postdoctoral Scholar Positions

 
 
 
 

Tenure-Track Faculty Positions

Assistant Level Faculty Position - Experimental Condensed Matter Physics - Department of Physics 

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020 or later. The Department is looking for individuals conducting research in the areas of experimental condensed matter physics. Within experimental condensed matter physics, we are most interested in candidates studying problems in which quantum mechanics is important (i.e, "hard" condensed matter physics). We welcome candidates with an interest in quantum information science.

Condensed matter physicists in the Department benefit from cross-disciplinary collaborations and facilities shared with colleagues in the Departments of Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering, further enhanced by the California NanoSystems Institute, the Materials Research Laboratory, the Quantum Foundry, the Institute for Terahertz Science and Technology, and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. Further information may be found at the department's website: http://www.physics.ucsb.edu.

Responsibilities of faculty members generally include teaching at undergraduate and/or graduate levels, recruitment, supervision, and mentorship of graduate students, participation in university service and professional activities, and the development of an actively funded research program of the highest quality. Applicants must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. (or equivalent) except the dissertation at the time of application. PhD in Physics or a related field is required by anticipated appointment start date. A demonstrated record of excellence in research, and potential for outstanding teaching are desired. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

Applications should be submitted electronically, and must include:

● Cover letter

● Curriculum vitae

● Statement of research

● Statement of teaching

● Applicants will need to arrange for 3 references to submit letters of recommendation on their behalf via the recruitment website.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at UC Santa Barbara. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, staff, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. The department encourages all applicants to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and service.

Applications received by November 1, 2019 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01574

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

Assistant Level Faculty Position - Experimental or Observational Astrophysics - Department of Physics 

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020. The department is looking for individuals conducting research in the areas of either experimental astrophysics/instrumentation or observational astrophysics.

Astrophysicists in the Department benefit from the Department’s affiliations with the University of California Observatories, the Las Cumbres Observatory, and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. Further information about research in the Department can be found on the website: https://www.physics.ucsb.edu/research .

Responsibilities of faculty members generally include the development of an actively funded research program, teaching at undergraduate and/or graduate levels, recruitment, supervision, and mentorship of graduate students, and participation in university service and professional activities. At a minimum, applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) except the dissertation in astrophysics or a related field at the time of application, with the PhD conferred by the anticipated appointment start date. A demonstrated record of forefront research, and a record of (or potential for) outstanding teaching are desired. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

Applications should be submitted electronically, and must include:

• Cover letter

• Curriculum vitae

• Statement of research

• Statement of teaching

• Complete list of publications

• Applicants will need to arrange for 3 references to submit letters of recommendation on their behalf via the recruitment website.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at UC Santa Barbara. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. The department encourages all applicants to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and service.

Applications received by November 20, 2019 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01613

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

Open Level Faculty Position - Experimental Condensed Matter Physics - Department of Physics 

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020. The Department is looking for individuals with particular emphasis in the areas of experimental condensed matter physics, including the intersection of condensed matter physics and quantum information science. This position is in addition to the Assistant level experimental condensed matter physics search https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01574. If you apply to the Assistant rank for this search, we request you also submit an application to our junior level search at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01574.

Condensed matter physicists in the Department benefit from cross-disciplinary collaborations and facilities shared with colleagues in the Departments of Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering, further enhanced by the California NanoSystems Institute, the Materials Research Laboratory, the Quantum Foundry, the Institute for Terahertz Science and Technology, and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. Further information may be found at the department’s website:

http://www.physics.ucsb.edu.

Responsibilities of faculty members generally include the development of an actively funded research program of the highest quality, teaching at undergraduate and/or graduate levels, recruitment, supervision, and mentorship of graduate students, and participation in university service and professional activities. At a minimum, all applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) except the dissertation at the time of application. PhD in Physics or a related field is required by anticipated appointment start date. A demonstrated record of excellence in research, and a record of (or potential for) excellent teaching are desired. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

Applications should be submitted electronically, and must include:

• Cover letter

• Curriculum vitae

• Statement of research

• Statement of teaching

• Applicants at the Associate or Full rank will need to submit the names of 3 references.

• Applicants at the Assistant rank will need to arrange for 3 references to submit letters of recommendation on their behalf via UCRecruit.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at UC Santa Barbara. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, staff and students who share our commitment to these values. The department encourages all applicants to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity addressing past and/or potential contribution to diversity through research, teaching, and service.

Applications received by November 30, 2019 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01646.

 

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law

 

 

Temporary Teaching Positions


Temporary Lecturer Positions in Physics or Astronomy

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary lecturers to teach courses in general Physics or Astronomy during the 2019-20 and 2020-2021 academic year, including summer session. Applications will be kept active for consideration for all appropriate vacancies within the department for the 2019-20 academic year, including Summer Session 2020. Positions may range from part time to full time.

Main duties will include teaching courses in general physics and astronomy, with the possibility of occasional upper-division teaching opportunities. Applicants should have at least an MA in Physics or Astronomy at the time of application. Preferred applicants will also have teaching experience at the college level.

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The position will remain open until October 31, 2020. The pool will close at that time; if you would like to continue to be considered after that time, and the pooled position is advertised again, you will need to submit a new application. Appointments for Fall quarter are usually reviewed in June, winter quarter in October, and Spring quarter review will begin in February. To apply, please submit a CV, teaching statement, teaching evaluations (if available) and the names of three references to: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01686.

Please note: The use of a lecturer pool does not guarantee that an open position exists at the time you are applying. See the review dates specified in UC Recruit to learn whether the department is currently reviewing applications for an upcoming opening. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered at this time.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic by law.

 


Academic Coordinators


Academic Coordinator

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications
for the position of Academic Coordinator (AC) for the Fall 2020 quarter, with the possibility of
renewal to work on courses in general Physics or Astronomy during the full 2020-2021 academic
year, including summer session. Applications will be kept active for consideration until the
position is filled.
 
Main duties will include the development, administration, coordination of courses in general
physics with a focus on remote instruction. In addition to these basic responsibilities, this
appointment entails quick and flexible responses to educational obstacles in a fast-paced
environment.
 
Course Administration
The AC performs administrative functions for the UCSB Physics Department, serving as a key
contact for Instructors of Record as well as undergraduate students, TAs, UCSB faculty, staff,
and the off-campus community. The AC oversees the coordination and implementation of all
instructional activities, and is responsible for budgetary planning and roster organization for a
wide range of courses with anywhere from 20 to 400 students. Some of the course administration
responsibilities of the AC include, but are not limited to:
 
 Budget and equipment management
 Managing the TA and staff roster + Gauchospace Webpage for each course
 Oversight of TAs including training and instruction quality
 Facilitating communication between TAs, staff, faculty
 Direct involvement with day-to-day course execution, such as dropping in and
 assisting with curriculum completion and questions beyond the scope of TA expertise
 
Furthermore, the AC serves as a mediator between students and faculty in lower division courses, providing helpful and timely feedback regarding administrative details, material and room availability, and additional technical support.
 
Instructional Lab Group
The AC is a core member of the UCSB Physics Department’s Instructional Lab Group (ILG).
The ILG is in charge of development, maintenance and administration of all undergraduate
instructional laboratories and the associated coursework. AC responsibilities within the ILG
include, but are not limited to, working both independently and also with other faculty & staff to:
 Author new and exciting in-person and remotely accessible laboratory experiences
 Update current material to reflect changing standards in physics education
 Equipment maintenance and distribution for remote courses
 Content creation, such as instructional videos, online lab manuals and similar media
 Prototype and test new experiments for a wide variety of physics subdisciplines
 Application of web development skills to build simulations, web microcontrollers, and applets for students.
 
At minimum, candidates should posses a M.A in Physics or related field. Preferred applicants will also have:
 
 PhD in Physics or related field
 1-2 Years experience with at least one of the following:
 Web development and design (Javascript, HTML5)
 STEM Teaching at the undergraduate level or higher
 Laboratory work involving electronics, optics, or nuclear physics
 1-2 years of experience working within an academic institution
 1-2 years of experience in a position that required administrative and organizational activities
 1-2 years of experience working with undergraduate students in an educational context
 Experience coordinating academic courses
 Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
 Significant editing, writing, and proofreading skills and experience
 Web development and Simulation experience, specifically with Javascript
 Ability to prioritize, conduct, and manage multiple projects
 Ability to oversee and mentor student assistants
 Experience in financial management
 Demonstrated ability to write reports and communications to high-level grant-dispensing institutions
 Familiarity with experimental physics and its core principles
 Strong mathematics skills at the graduate level
 
Salary is based on UC salary scales and depends on qualifications.
 
Complete applications received on or before October 6, 2020 will receive full review. To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter, contact information for two references, and a current curriculum vitae (CV) at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01835
 
The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. For information on our department, please visit our website: http://www.physics.ucsb.edu. Inquiries about the advertised position may be directed to our department at physics-acadaffairs@ucsb.edu. Please be sure to mention JPF01835.
 
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

 


Postdoctoral Scholar Positions

Postdoc in Experimental High Energy Physics at UC Santa Barbara on the CMS Experiment

The experimental high energy physics group at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral position working on the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. The successful candidate will play a major role both in physics data analysis and in hardware/electronics work on the CMS Phase-2 muon detector upgrades.

The successful applicant will contribute to current data analysis efforts in the group, which focuses both on searches for supersymmetry and on Higgs physics. Postdocs in the group are encouraged to develop new data analysis ideas and methods. The successful applicant will be heavily involved in our ongoing project to develop new, high-speed data acquisition opto-electronics for the CMS muon system, currently in the prototyping stage.

Candidates should have a strong interest and record of accomplishment in data analysis, as well as experience or strong interest in high-speed data acquisition electronics, including firmware development. Significant hardware experience would be an asset.

Candidates for the position should have a Ph.D. in physics at the time of appointment start date and demonstrated excellence in high energy or nuclear physics research. Candidates should have interest in helping to mentor graduate students and should have good presentation, communication, and writing skills.

The position is renewed yearly and is subject to continued U.S. Department of Energy funding for our group. However, the normal period of time for this position is around 4-5 years, assuming satisfactory job performance.

For inquiries, please contact Jeffrey Richman. jdrichman@ucsb.edu

All applications must be submitted through AJO at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16669

Applicants are requested to provide:

  1. Cover letter briefly outlining key areas of experience and research interests;
  2. Curriculum vitae, including a list of relevant publications with substantial involvement by the applicant;
  3. Research statement explaining your main research accomplishments and goals;
  4. At least three letters of reference.

Materials should arrive by September 30, 2020 to ensure full consideration though the position will remain open until filled. 

The UCSB Physics Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

Postdoctoral Position in Extragalactic Astrophysics (Theory/Computation)

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is seeking postdoctoral researchers to pursue innovative research in collaboration with Professor S. Peng Oh’s group.

Our current research is broadly focused on gas processes and the circumgalactic medium (CGM) of galaxies, with particular interest in hydrodynamics/MHD, turbulence and cosmic rays.  Candidates in all areas of theoretical and numerical astrophysics will be considered and are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have a PhD in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field by the appointment start date.  The successful candidate will conduct independent research and will have opportunities to mentor students and collaborate with other UCSB faculty members and researchers.  Scientists at UCSB have privileged access to the twin Keck Observatory telescopes (http://www.keckobservatory.org), Lick Observatory (http://www.ucolick.org), and the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (http://lcogt.net).  UCSB provides a stimulating research environment with faculty and staff pursuing a broad range of topics in astronomy and astrophysics (http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~astrogroup), and the Kavli Center for Theoretical Physics (https://www.kitp.ucsb.edu) hosts several astrophysics workshops each year. 

Postdoc appointments are anticipated to have a three-year duration.  Postdoc appointments are for an initial one year period, with an extension to three years contingent on performance.  The starting date is negotiable.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience in accordance with University of California policy.  For inquiries, please contact Peng Oh (peng@physics.ucsb.edu). 

Applicants should submit a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list, a brief research statement summarizing previous accomplishments, current interests, and future plans to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/17016. They should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to arrive by the Dec 15, 2020 deadline. The position will remain open until filled, but materials should arrive by the deadline to ensure full consideration. 

Included Benefits:  

UC Santa Barbara offers excellent health and welfare packages. It also has a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family. Information on available plans and eligibility can be found at 

https://clients.garnett-powers.com/pd/uc/.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. 

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

Postdoctoral Position in Physics/Astronomy

The physics department at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to pursue innovative research in collaboration with Assistant Professor Maxwell Millar-Blanchaer. The successful candidate will develop high-contrast polarimetric techniques that will be one day applied to thirty-meter class telescopes to detect planets and circumstellar disks in reflected light. The position will primarily be lab-based, but will provide opportunities to carry out observational programs. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to maintain an independent research program. 

The appointment is for two-years and is fully funded. There is a possibility of an additional year extension contingent on performance and continued funding. 

Scientists at UCSB have privileged access to the twin Keck Observatory telescopes

(http://www.keckobservatory.org), Lick Observatory (http://www.ucolick.org), and the Las

Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (http://lcogt.net). UCSB provides a stimulating

research environment with faculty and staff pursuing a broad range of topics in astronomy and

astrophysics (http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~astrogroup), and the Kavli Center for Theoretical

Physics (https://www.kitp.ucsb.edu) hosts several astrophysics workshops each year.

Applicants must have a PhD in physics, astronomy, engineering, optics or a closely related field at the start of the appointment. Practical laboratory experience is highly desirable, and knowledge of Fourier optics and polarization aberration theory is encouraged, but not necessary. 

The start date is nominally Sept. 1, 2021 but is negotiable and should be no later than Dec 31, 2021. For inquiries, please contact Max Millar-Blanchaer (maxmb@ucsb.edu). All applicants must apply through the AcademicJobsOnline portal at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16957  Applicants should submit a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list and a brief research statement summarizing previous accomplishments, current interests and future plans. Applicants should also arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be submitted. The position will remain open until filled, but applications should be submitted by December 31, 2020 for primary consideration. 

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

Postdoc Position – High Energy Theory

The High Energy Theory Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara (http://www.physics.ucsb.edu/research/hept) expects to appoint one or more Postdoctoral Scholars. We seek outstanding physicists with strong research records that synergize with the interests in our group, with a particular emphasis on particle phenomenology and physics beyond the Standard Model or quantum computing applications to quantum field theory and gravity.

Postdoctoral Scholars at UCSB benefit from an active research environment in the Physics Department, as well as the presence of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics that runs programs in all areas of theoretical physics.

A degree at the PhD level, or equivalent, is required. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience in accordance with University of California policy.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, publication list, statement of research interests, and three letters of reference at  https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/17086. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2020. Late applications may be considered at the discretion of the selection committee.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. 

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

 

 

 

Jr. Specialist - Pooled Recruitment

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a pool of qualified Junior Specialists to conduct research in all our disciplines including Astrophysics and Cosmology, Biophysics, Condensed Matter Experimental Physics, Condensed Matter Theory, High Energy Experimental Physics, High Energy Theory, Gravity and Relativity and Mathematical Physics. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies depending on the needs of the department. Positions may range from part-time to 100% time.

Appointees at this level enable research as part of a team.

Qualified applicants must possess, at minimum, a Bachelor's degree in Physics or closely related science field at the time of application. Preferred qualifications: At least 2 years of previous research experience in Physics or closely related field.

Interested applicants should submit an application including a cover letter, curriculum vitae and 3 letters of reference to the link below.

https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01772

The posting will remain open until October 31, 2020 to accommodate department needs. If you would like to continue to be considered after that time, and the pooled position is advertised again, you will need to submit a new application.

Please note: The use of a temporary research titles pool does not guarantee that an open position exists at the time you are applying. See the “Next Review Date” specified in UC Recruit to learn whether the department is currently reviewing applications for an upcoming opening. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered at this time.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

Specialist (Assistant & Associate) - Pooled Recruitment

 

The Department of Physics is actively seeking Assistant and Associate Specialists to collaborate with faculty and other researchers in the department. This is a large, pooled recruitment covering many disciplines and research foci within the area of Physics. These areas of research include: Astrophysics and Cosmology, Biophysics, Condensed Matter Experimental Physics, Condensed Matter Theory, High Energy Experimental Physics, High Energy Theory, Gravity and Relativity and Mathematical Physics. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed through October 31, 2020. Qualified applicants must possess, at minimum, a Master's (or equivalent) degree at the time of application, or five years of experience demonstrating expertise in the relevant specialization. To be considered for Associate rank, applicants must have a Master's (or equivalent) degree or 5-10 years of experience demonstrating expertise in the relevant specialization.

Interested applicants should submit their CV, cover letter and arrange for 3 letters of reference to be submitted to [https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01809].

The number of positions varies depending on the needs of the department. The use of a pooled recruitment does not guarantee that an open position exists at the time you are applying. Positions may range from part time to full time. The duration is to be determined depending on funding and the available job.

Appointees to the Specialist series engage in specialized research, professional activity, and University and/or public service. Specialists use their professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions to the research enterprise of the University and to achieve recognition in the professional and scientific community. Specialists may participate in University and/or public service depending upon funding source and duties of the position.

Additional Information related to levels (Specialist series ranks)

• Assistant Specialist: Appointees at this level enable research as part of a team and may provide some independent input into the planning and execution of the research.

• Associate Specialist: Appointees normally provide considerable independent input into the planning and execution of the research, have a record of academic accomplishments, including contributions to published research in the field, and a demonstrated record of University and/or public service.

Salary is dependent on experience, qualifications, and hiring level.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

 

Specialist (Full) - Pooled Recruitment

 

None at this time

 

Project Scientist (Assistant, Associate or Full) 

 

None at this time