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California State University - Los Angeles
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Tenure-Track Faculty Position

Position: Assistant Professor of Physics, Department of Physics & Astronomy

Starting Date: August, 2018

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. An earned Ph.D. in Physics from an accredited institution (or equivalent)
  2. Evidence of teaching effectiveness at the undergraduate level;
  3. Evidence of scholarship through publications in scholarly journals, and;
  4. An ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Post-doctoral research expertise in experimental physics,
  2. Evidence of active development of instrumentation for nuclear or particle physics experiments,
  3. including astrophysical applications to those fields,
  4. Experience in developing innovative instructional labs, especially for introductory-level physics courses.

The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community. These responsibilities generally include advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

The candidate will be expected to teach physics courses at all levels of instruction (including graduate, GE and service courses), establish a funded research program in his/her field of expertise that actively involves undergraduate and graduate students, and to support and further develop the department’s public outreach and community engagement activities.

The new faculty member will also have the opportunity to continue and expand our participation in the California State University's Nuclear and Particle Physics Consortium (NUPAC).

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.

Salary: Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:
Cal State LA is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. With over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs led by award-winning faculty, Cal State LA’s dedication to access and excellence has been recognized nationally. Founded in 1947, the University is located just minutes from downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and serves more than 28,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic and racial diversity of the area. As a federally recognized Hispanic-serving and Minority-serving institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. This longstanding commitment is reflected in its history as home to the nation’s first Chicano Studies program, second Pan-African Studies program, as well as Latin American and Asian and Asian American Studies programs. Faculty have the opportunity to establish affiliate status with ethnic studies and other academic programs, including the Honors College. In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.

Required Documentation:
Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the address below: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) Statement of teaching philosophy and experience; 4) statement of scholarship, and inclusion of students; 5) list of three professional references and; 6) a university application for employment (

Finalists will be required to submit: 1) three current letters of recommendation, and 2) official transcripts. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Review of applications will begin February 20, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Please send application materials and address questions to: Dr. K. Aniol, Search Committee Chair; California State University, Los Angeles; College of Natural and Social Sciences; Department of Physics & Astronomy; 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032; Phone: 323-343-2100; E-mail:

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Cal State LA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to achieving and supporting diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. Applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a strong record of mentoring students from underserved or underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

All qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.