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Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics: Theory Assistant Project Scientist (Open until filled. Apply by 7/11/19)

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 11th, 2019

Last review date: Thursday, Jul 11, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the SCIPP Theory Scientist position. Under the direction of Professors Stefano Profumo, Michael Dine, and Howard Haber, the incumbent will conduct research in theoretical particle physics. Additionally, the SCIPP Theory Scientist will guide graduate and undergraduate students with their research, monitoring and steering their progress towards completing the projects they are pursuing.

We seek motivated and energetic candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Applicants with the any of the following qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply: a strong background in field theory and in the theory of elementary particles, strong quantitative skills, and/or excellent communication skills (both verbal and written).

Assistant Project Scientist

Starting at $63,700 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Physics or a related field at the time of application.
  • A minimum of five years’ post-PhD research experience in theoretical physics.

August 2, 2019

Initial appointment will be full‐time for 1 year, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF00716-19T in all correspondence.


  • Cover letter that provides a brief statement of you research interests and qualifications (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)
  • List of Publications (required)

Reference Requirement
Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of 3 is required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted). Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by July 11, 2019 (change based on ultimate posting date). Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

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, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Cover letter that provides a brief statement of your research interests and qualifications

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • List of publications

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required