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Assistant Professor of Physics

Apply now Job no: 493738
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fullerton
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenure Track, Full Time, Faculty - Natural Sciences

Department of Physics

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Assistant Professor

Theoretical and/or Computational Physics

Fall 2020


The Department of Physics at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a tenure‐track Assistant Professor position in theoretical or computational physics with appointment to begin August 2020. The exact area of specialization is open; however, preference will be given to candidates that diversify the department’s current research strengths, which are summarized at:



California State University, Fullerton is both a minority-serving institution and Hispanic Serving Institution, and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.



All academic activity in the Physics department is, first and foremost, centered on furthering the success of our students. The department recognizes a variety of academic activity that contributes to its three core areas: teaching, research and service. Positive tenure and promotion decisions require demonstration of commitment in all three areas. Minimally, the successful candidate will teach upper and lower division courses from across a standard undergraduate and master’s physics curriculum and establish a vigorous research program that heavily involves undergraduate and master’s students. Faculty members also involve themselves in departmental, college and university service activities and work effectively with a diverse body of students, faculty and staff.


Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Physics or a related field
  • Teaching: demonstrated enthusiasm and potential for successful teaching in lower division through to master’s-level physics courses 
  • Research: clearly described plans to establish a self-supporting research program that will produce peer-reviewed publications and will heavily involve undergraduate students
  • Service: an articulated a commitment to mentor undergraduates from a large, diverse student body and support the work of the department, college, and university           


Preferred Qualifications

In addition to meeting all the above required qualifications, the successful candidate will demonstrate plans and/or potential for excellence in at least one of the department’s three areas of academic activity: teaching, research and service. Excellent performance in any area is equally valued by the department.


Examples of excellence in teaching may include (but are not limited to):

  • Prior teaching experience at the university or college level
  • Familiarity with current, research-based physics pedagogies
  • Experience implementing innovative teaching practices
  • Ability and interest in establishing new and novel courses
  • Ability and interest in teaching master’s-level courses matching department's needs, especially electrodynamics, statistical mechanics, or solid-state physics


Examples of excellence in research may include (but are not limited to):

  • Two or more years of postdoctoral experience
  • Experience working with undergraduate students in a research environment                      
  • Strong record of research accomplishments, resulting in peer-reviewed research outputs 
  • Receipt of sponsored fellowships or other external funds
  • Ability to tie research activities to teaching or service activities


Examples of excellence in service may include (but are not limited to):

  • Professional contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Record of academic mentorship or other peer mentoring
  • Professional outreach activities
  • Activity in professional societies


The University and College

The CSU system is the largest and most diverse university system in the country and one of the most affordable. CSUF is a comprehensive university serving southern California, especially Orange County. CSUF is the largest four-year public university of the 23 CSU campuses. It is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution. Based on data from the U.S. Department of Education, CSUF ranks first in California and second nationally in the number of baccalaureate degrees awarded to Hispanics (Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, May 2017) and fourth to underrepresented students (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, August 2018).


The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM; http://www.fullerton.edu/nsm/) is dedicated to the principle that teaching and research are intricately mixed and that undergraduate and M.S. graduate research, when properly approached, are an integral part of teaching. This fine balance between teaching and research is CNSM's greatest strength.


Application Procedure

A complete on‐line application must be received by electronic submission in order to receive consideration. To apply, visit https://hr.fullerton.edu/careers/ to view all job listings and select #493738 to begin the application process and provide the following required materials:

  • A cover letter
  • A complete curriculum vitae, which must include all evidence of academic activity the candidate wishes to receive consideration
  • A 1000-word description of teaching interests, philosophy, and experience with student-centered learning approaches
  • A 1000-word description of research plans and goals, which must include plans for the involvement of undergraduate students and estimated start-up needs
  • A 1000-word description of the candidate’s efforts or plans to promote diversity, equity, and/or inclusion in either professional or community settings. This statement provides the candidate’s unique perspective on student-centered learning approaches, and their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. The purpose of the diversity statement is to help the department identify candidates who have professional interests, experience, intellectual commitments, and/or willingness to engage in activities that could help CSUF contribute to its mission in these areas.


Finalists will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation. Please have these ready for the referents to submit. On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents that will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. Should you advance to the finalist stage, they will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back in to the recruitment system.


Please direct all questions about the position to: Dr. Geoffrey Lovelace at physicssearch@fullerton.edu or call the Physics Department office at 657‐278-3366.


Review of applications will begin on October 21, 2019 and will continue until the position has been filled. Applications must be received by October 20, 2019 to be assured of consideration.


Additional Information

Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.


Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit



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 formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.


Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self‐disclose.


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