Open Academic Positions

Tenure-Track Faculty Positions

Temporary Lecturer Positions

Academic Coordinators 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tenure-Track Faculty Positions

Assistant Level Faculty Position - Condensed Matter Theory

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, 2019. The Department is looking for exceptional individuals with particular emphasis in the area of condensed matter theory (broadly defined).

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. in Physics, or a related field (or equivalent degree) except the dissertation at the time of application. PhD degree expected by appointment start date. A demonstrated record of excellence in 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

• Applicants will need to arrange for 3-5 references to submit letters of recommendation on their behalf via the recruitment website.

A statement of contributions to outreach and diversity is also welcome, but not required.

Applications received by December 1, 2018 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01348.

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 - Theoretical Astrophysics 

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Theoretical Astrophysics at the level of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019 . The department has close affiliations with the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, the University of California Observatories, and the Las Cumbres Observatory. Further information may be found at these websites: http://www.physics.ucsb.edu,

http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~astrogroup.

Responsibilities of faculty members 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. in Physics, Astronomy, or a related field (or equivalent degree) except the dissertation at the time of application. PhD degree expected by appointment start date. A demonstrated record of excellence in 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 at least 3 references to submit letters of recommendation on their behalf via the recruitment website.

A statement of contributions to outreach and diversity is also welcome, but not required.

Applications received by Dec 1, 2018 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01344.

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 Condensed Matter 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, 2019 . The Department is looking for exceptional individuals with particular emphasis in the area of experimental condensed matter physics.

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 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 required by 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. 

A statement of contributions to outreach and diversity is also welcome, but not required.

Applications received by November 15, 2018 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01342.

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.

 

Tenure-Track/Tenured Teaching Faculty Position - Department of Physics 

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for an open level teaching faculty position as a Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment (tenure-track) or Lecturer with Security of Employment (tenured) with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. The Physics Department seeks to hire a colleague committed to a career of leadership in its program for undergraduate physics majors, as well as to excellence in teaching a range of courses for budding physicists, other science students, and engineers. Faculty in this title are members of the Academic Senate, with benefits and privileges that parallel the professor track.

With close to 800 majors, UCSB’s undergraduate physics program is among the largest in the country and continues to grow rapidly. This dynamic environment provides many opportunities for change and innovation. UCSB was the first member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) of leading research universities in the U.S. and Canada to be designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Further information about physics at UCSB and our beautiful oceanside campus can be found at http://www.physics.ucsb.edu.

Responsibilities of teaching faculty include teaching related tasks for lower and upper division courses; mentorship of undergraduate, and potentially graduate students; professional and/or scholarly achievement and creative activity, particularly relating to instruction and pedagogy; and participation in university service. Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) except the dissertation at the time of application. PhD degree expected by appointment start date. Clear evidence of potential excellence in teaching is desired. Successful candidates will have a record of collaborative activity, and will be able to contribute the improvement of the undergraduate experience in the department and division. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through teaching, service and research as appropriate to the position.

Applications should be submitted electronically, and must include: 

• Cover letter 

• Curriculum vitae

• Statement of teaching

• Applicants will need to arrange for 3 -5 references to submit letters of recommendation on their behalf via the recruitment website

Teaching evaluations and a statement of contributions to outreach and diversity are also welcome, but not required.

Applications received by December 1, 2018 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01376.

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 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 2019. 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, 2019. 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/JPF01470.

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.

 


 

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 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 contact information for 3 references to the link below.

https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01484

The posting will remain open until October 31, 2019 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, 2019. 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, statement of interest and contact information for 3 references to https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01485.

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.

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

 

The Department of Physics is actively seeking 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, 2019. Qualified applicants must possess, at minimum, a PhD (or equivalent) degree at the time of application. Applicants with at least 4 years of research experience in the desired field are preferred.

Interested applicants should submit their CV, statement of interest and contact information for 3 references to https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01495.

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.

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)

• Specialists normally provide considerable independent input into the planning and execution of the research, have a significant record of academic accomplishments, including contributions to published research in the field, and a demonstrated record of University and/or public service. They must possess a PhD (or equivalent degree) in one of the relevant areas of Physics listed above.

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.

 

Project Scientist (Assistant, Associate or Full) - Pooled Recruitment

 

The Department of Physics is actively seeking Project Scientists (Assistant, Associate and Full) 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, 2019. Qualified applicants must possess, at minimum, a PhD (or equivalent) degree in a relevant field at the time of application.

Interested applicants should submit their CV, cover letter and contact information for 3 references to https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01496.

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 titles in the Project Scientist series are given only to those who make significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project. Appointees may be ongoing members of a research team, or may contribute high-level skills to a specific project for a limited time. Demonstrated capacity for fully independent research or research leadership as required in the Researcher series are not required in this series. However, a broad range of knowledge and competency and a higher level of independence than appointees in the Specialist series are expected. Project Scientists may participate in University and/or public service depending upon funding source and duties of the position.

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.

 

 

Academic Coordinator (Program Coordinator for Lower Division Laboratory Courses)

 

The Department of Physics seeks an Academic Coordinator to coordinate the lower division laboratory course activities for the Physics Department. This involves oversight of the laboratory instruction of the service courses and lower division sequence for the majors, totaling over 4200 students in 206 sections during the academic year and summer. The course laboratory sections include Basic Physics 3L, 4L, 5L, Introductory Physics 6AL, BL, CL, and General Physics 25L.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Lab Coordination/Training/Safety

Responsible for management and oversight of the Introductory Experimental Physics sequence which includes providing all materials, equipment, safety requirements, and training and space recommendations necessary to run the labs. In consultation with Instructional Program Manager and course instructors, implement the laboratory curricula and assist TAs with the laboratory instruction as needed. Write pre- and post- lab quizzes, lab report practices, and other instructional materials as needed. Coordinate the laboratory teaching schedule with the teaching assistants, graders and tutors, and meet with each laboratory section at the start of each quarter to resolve enrollment difficulties. Conduct weekly training meetings for the teaching assistants and prepare or direct the preparation of the laboratory materials. Weekly meetings include discussion of TA concerns and suggestions that may have arisen the previous week; review lab and safety issues on an ongoing basis. Regularly inspect and maintain laboratory apparatus to promote a safe and reliable lab environment. Repair or replace inoperative or outdated equipment.

Collaborate with Instructional Program Manager and Course Instructors on the design and implementation of new and modified course experiments. Coordinate changes in lab exercises and materials to match curriculum as needed. Implement set-up/tear-down of experiments in the labs regularly. Modify existing equipment or specify procurement of necessary apparatus to meet instructional needs in the instructional labs. In consultation with the Instructional Program Manager author and co-author laboratory manuals and updates for the lower division sequences. Cross-train to provide back-up support to other Program Coordinators and Lecture Demonstrations.

Administration

Maintain inventory and provide cost projections for regular replacement of equipment as well as infrequent, large-scale purchases. Regularly provide enrollment projections to the Instructional Program Manager and Academic Advisors.

Responsible for the ordering of equipment for the lower division labs, comparing component vendors for quality, compatibility, price. Produce quarterly lab schedule matrices for all lower division instructional lab time slots, as well as individual lab schedules during the academic year and summer session.

These duties require an extensive understanding of the course materials and course objectives with the ability to assess how material from different aspects of the course(s) relate to one another, as well as the safe application of each learning outcome as detailed in the course material. Knowledge of health and safety regulatory requirements associated with experimental laboratory instruction is essential.

At minimum, candidates must be within three months of graduation for a bachelor's degree in physics or a related field at the time of application. Preferred applicants will have prior experience working in an instructional lab and with scientific laboratory techniques; knowledge of computer systems, software and hardware common to instructional laboratories; excellent written and verbal communication skills; and knowledge of managing inventory and procuring supplies for instructional labs.

Position is anticipated to begin in July 2019.

Applicants should submit their cover letter, CV and contacts for two references on or before June 21, 2019 for primary consideration. All applications must be received through UC Recruit. Interested applicants should apply at the following link:https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01528. 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. 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.

 

 

Academic Coordinator - Physics Learning Assistant and Lecture Demonstration Programs 

 

The Department of Physics at UCSB seeks a 100% time Academic Coordinator I to facilitate the Learning Assistant and Lecture Demonstration Programs and provide oversight to the Physics Study Room (PSR). The Academic Coordinator will spend approximately 50% time on each Program.

Learning Assistant Program:

The objective of the Learning Assistant Program is to bring the interactive and collaborative environment typical of a small-enrollment class into the large-enrollment upper-level and introductory physics major courses. Undergraduate students who have already performed well in a course are trained to actively help the next class of students to succeed, while receiving course credit for their training. Creating active-learning based small group discussions within a large course has been demonstrated to substantially improve the quality of physics education, increase student understanding of and satisfaction with the coursework, and increase the level of understanding and teaching skills of the Learning Assistants.

Duties and Responsibilities: Learning Assistant Program at 50% time

The Academic Coordinator will assist the Faculty Program Coordinator with further development and implementation of the Learning Assistant Program. Specific assignments include:

  1. Actively participate in the training of Physics LAs.
  2. Recruit LAs by promoting the program through social media, information sessions, and personal engagement efforts.
  3. Develop informational resources for LAs, students, and faculty including a dedicated webpage and printed materials.
  4. Participate in regular program assessment and improvement strategies.
  5. The Learning Assistant Program Coordinator will also be responsible for overseeing and supervising the Physics Study Center (PSR), including the supervision of Teaching Assistants and Tutors working in the PSR as well as recruitment of any associated undergraduate tutors.

Lecture Demonstration Program:

The Academic Coordinator I will provide support to the Physics Lecture Demonstration Program in the design, improvisation, set-up and training in lecture demonstrations on a variety of topics including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics and modern physics.

Duties and Responsibilities: Lecture Demonstrations at 50% time

The Academic Coordinator will be responsible for assisting the Lecture Demonstration Coordinator with management of the Lecture Demonstration Program. Specific assignments include:

  1. Participate in the development and assembly of a variety of complex lecture demonstration apparatus including electronics, mechanical systems, laptop demonstrations.
  2. Actively participate in the training of graduate students and faculty regarding safety issues and demonstration operations as needed.
  3. Responsible for developing and updating a computer-based inventorial tracking system of historical and current lecture demonstrations.
  4. Develop and implement online lecture demonstration request processes and materials.
  5. Provide support and training on the use of departmental telescopes to graduate student TAs and undergraduate majors as needed.
  6. General repair/maintenance of equipment

At minimum, applicants must be within three months of graduation for a Bachelor's degree in physics or a related field at the time of application. A Bachelor's degree will be expected at time of appointment. Preferred applicants will have knowledge of scientific laboratory techniques; demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills; experience presenting information sessions and using social networking to inform and engage students; experience with collaborative learning programs and activities; knowledge of computer systems, software and hardware common to instructional laboratories; knowledge of managing inventory and procuring supplies; and experience working with a diversity of students and faculty in the academic environment. The Department 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

Position is anticipated to begin in September 2019.

Applicants should submit their cover letter, CV and contacts for 2 references on or before August 29, 2019 for primary consideration. All applications must be received through UC Recruit. Interested applicants should apply at the following link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01559.

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.

Academic Coordinator (Program Coordinator for Lower Division Laboratory Courses)