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Physics: Assistant/Associate Professor in Experimental Materials and Condensed Matter Physics (Initial Review 11.29.22)

Position overview

Position title: Assistant/Associate Professor in Experimental Materials and Condensed Matter Physics
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023, with the academic year beginning in September 2023. The one year of postdoctoral experience must be completed by June 30, 2023 for employment effective July 1, 2023.

Application Window

Open date: September 30, 2022

Next review date: Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 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.

Position description

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, as part of the Materials Science & Engineering Initiative, invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position in experimental materials and condensed matter physics at the Assistant or Associate Professor level focusing on novel quantum and advanced functional materials. Specific expertise is sought in synthesis of bulk single crystal (using, e.g., floating zone, flux, vapor transport and other methods) as well as characterization (both structural and physical properties). Candidates with a strong record of publication in the field of quantum and advanced materials and with a strong commitment to research and teaching are especially encouraged to apply. We seek scholars who are seriously committed to applying inclusive undergraduate and graduate mentoring practices, and to applying inclusive teaching practices of undergraduate courses. Candidates with exceptional qualifications may be hired at the Associate Professor level.

The selected candidate is expected to establish a vigorous research program in experimental quantum materials within the Physics Department’s condensed matter physics group. The selected candidate will be expected to teach Physics courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and perform service to the department and university. The selected candidate is also expected to participate in the UC Santa Cruz Materials Science & Engineering Initiative by engaging in collaborative, interdisciplinary research and to engage with a future Materials Science & Engineering graduate program.

UC Santa Cruz is distinguished by our high-impact research and our commitment to diversity, social justice, the environment, and educational opportunity. We are a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), and an Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) with a high proportion of first-generation students and Pell recipients. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion through research, teaching, mentoring, community engagement and/or service and that have experience in creating an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. We welcome candidates with demonstrable, or a strong potential to develop, leadership skills, particularly in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Moreover, at UC Santa Cruz, all these activities will be recognized as important during the faculty promotion process.

UCSC is committed to addressing the holistic needs of faculty. We also welcome applications from those who have had non-traditional career paths, who have taken time off for personal reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Physics, Materials Science, Applied Physics, or related field. At least one year of postdoctoral research experience in experimental research related to extended materials synthesis and/or characterization, expected to be completed by June 30, 2023.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - The Letter of Application should briefly summarize your qualifications and interest in the position.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Curriculum vitae should include a list of published papers and manuscripts accepted for publication, proposals submitted and awarded, classes taught, students mentored, awards, and other relevant signs of preparation and recognition

  • Statement of Teaching - This statement should focus on 1) your previous formal (classroom, laboratory, field) teaching contributions and future teaching goals, 2) your previous mentoring contributions and future mentoring goals, 3) your approach to using inclusive and effective practices in teaching and mentoring.

  • Statement of Research** - This statement should focus on 1) your three most innovative achievements, 2) your overall goals and vision for a research program at UC Santa Cruz, and 3) the experience and qualifications that make you particularly well-suited to achieve those goals. The Research Statement should strive to appeal to physics and materials audiences.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion** - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.

    **Initial applicant screens will focus only on these elements: Research Statement and Statement of Contributions to Diversity.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted). Please 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

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Campus Information

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