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Physics: Assistant Professor, Condensed-Matter and Materials Theory (initial review Jan. 2, 2024)

Position overview

Position title: ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: Condensed-Matter and Materials Theory
Salary range: The proposed academic-year (9-month) salary range for this position is $98,300 - $110,600. A salary within this range will be offered to the successful candidate, commensurate with qualifications and experience. The appointee will be able to receive additional compensation during summer months using research funds, subject to campus policies. A 9-month salary higher than $110,600 can only be offered subject to exceptional approval by the Campus Provost / Executive Vice-Chancellor, and only in cases where a candidate has a competing offer in hand for a (9-month) salary that exceeds $110,600. A generous start-up package will be provided; we encourage negotiations on the start-up package during the offer process.
Percent time: Full-time, 100%
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024, with the academic year beginning in September 2024.

Application Window

Open date: October 31, 2023

Most recent review date: Tuesday, Jan 2, 2024 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: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 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 Physics Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. Candidates with a demonstrated record of publication in the field of Condensed-Matter and Materials Theory are strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate is expected to establish an innovative theoretical research program in Condensed-Matter and Materials Theory, and will participate in the campus-wide interdisciplinary graduate Materials Science and Engineering Initiative. We seek scholars that are seriously committed to applying inclusive teaching and mentoring practices for a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. The selected candidate will also be expected to perform service to the Physics Department, the campus and beyond. The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds.

UCSC is distinguished by our high-impact research and our commitment to diversity, social justice, and educational opportunity. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion, and recognize the inherent link between diversity, innovation, and excellence in all aspects of the academic enterprise. We are committed to hiring faculty who will work to advance these values.

UC Santa Cruz enrolls over 19,000 students, many from historically underserved communities; 34% are first-generation and 36% are Pell recipients. UCSC is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing historically oppressed groups in higher education (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background). Activities promoting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz are recognized as important university service when faculty come up for promotion. Applications are appreciated that articulate proposed participation in equity and diversity advancement efforts with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, and service, with the goal of building an equitable and scholarly environment. More information can be found:

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.)

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in physics or a closely related discipline
  • A minimum of one year of postdoctoral research experience in Condensed-Matter and Materials Theory at an academic institution or industrial lab, expected to be completed by June 30, 2024.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

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

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

  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position. 1 page.

  • Teaching and Mentoring Statement - This statement should focus on 1) your previous formal (classroom, laboratory, field) teaching contributions at an appropriate level for your current academic status, and future teaching goals; 2) your previous contributions and future goals in mentoring and/or supervision; and 3) your approach to using inclusive and effective practices in teaching, mentoring, and supervision. 1-2 pages.

  • Research Statement** - This statement should focus on 1) your most innovative achievements, 2) your overall goals and vision for a research program in Condensed-Matter and Materials Theory that will be synergistic with existing strengths in the Physics Department, and which are likely to attract external funding and trainees, and 3) the experience and qualifications that make you particularly well-suited to achieve those goals. 2-3 pages.

  • Statement on Contributions to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion** - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion if hired at UC Santa Cruz. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on diversity statements (see before preparing their application. 1-2 pages.

    ** Initial applicant screens will focus only on these elements: Research Statement and Statement addressing contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This committee will be referring to this rubric for our combined Research & DEI screening.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of three are required and a maximum of five 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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