Assistant Professor of Theoretical Physics of Quantum Matter or Non-Equilibrium Phenomena

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Long Beach
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Natural Sciences

Position: Assistant Professor of Theoretical Physics of Quantum Matter or Non-Equilibrium Phenomena
Effective Date: August 17, 2023 (Fall Semester)
Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience 
Application Deadline: Review of applications to begin November 4, 2022. Position opened until filled (or recruitment canceled).

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics 
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Required Qualifications:       

  • Ph.D., or equivalent degree, in Physics or a closely related field and
  • At least one year of postdoctoral experience
  • Record of theoretical physics research focused on quantum matter, non-equilibrium phenomena, or closely related fields
  • Potential for attracting external funding to develop and sustain research involving undergraduate and graduate students
  • Ability to teach physics courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population

Preferred Qualifications:                       

  • Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels 
  • Demonstrated interest and commitment to increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science through teaching and mentoring
  • Evidence of ongoing research in the physics of quantum matter or non-equilibrium phenomena and credible plans for future research
  • Demonstrated potential for developing and sustaining an independent, externally funded, research program involving undergraduate and graduate students leading to peer-reviewed publications
  • Demonstrated commitment to learning and incorporating modern pedagogical methods
  • Experience of successfully working with populations demographically and socioeconomically similar to the CSULB student body


  • Teach physics courses at various levels of the department’s curriculum [Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof.] 
  • Supervise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in research projects 
  • Develop and sustain a research program, involving students, leading to publications and external grant applications 
  • Participate in and provide service to the department, college, university, profession, and community

CSULB seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of all of our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions. CSULB seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the People of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

About our Department and the Position 

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State University, Long Beach provides a high-quality curriculum with state-of-the-art research opportunities offering an exceptional education for our students. We value teaching and research as essential components of education; our graduate and undergraduate students engage in research mentored by faculty, leading to diverse career outcomes, such as joining Ph.D. programs, industry, and teaching. 

Our 12 tenure-track faculty engage in research in Condensed Matter, Astrophysics, Particle Physics, Nuclear Theory, Nanomaterials and Biophysics, Astronomy, providing stimulating research projects for our students resulting in publications with student co-authors. Our faculty are supported by a diverse range of external funding sources, and many of our research students are supported by internal awards and fellowships. 

The Physics and Astronomy Department at CSULB has one of the largest number of physics master’s graduates among U.S. master’s granting universities. We have a strong record of graduating women and underrepresented minorities in physics. Our department is one of only six Bridge Sites of the APS Bridge Program in the nation to improve the number of minoritized students pursuing a Ph.D. in physics.  

New faculty receive start-up funds as well as reduced instructional workload over their first three years to establish a research program. Multiple avenues exist for professional development including learning communities, individually tailored mentoring, and equity, diversity, inclusion related initiatives. 

In serving the State of California, the department is committed to developing a diverse faculty, with a richness of personal and educational experience. We welcome all applicants who are highly motivated to engage in research supervision of a diverse student body and to work vigorously in the classroom to provide an exceptional education to our community of student scholars. We seek faculty who are committed to the academic success of all our students, particularly those from groups that are historically marginalized in Physics. Department faculty have provided and continue to provide substantial leadership in diversity related programs in STEM. We seek candidates who will join us in contributing their expertise and perspective, to providing excellent educational and research opportunities for the next generation workforce of scientists, technicians, entrepreneurs, teachers, and Ph.D. candidates.  

Information on excellent benefits package available to CSULB faculty is located here:

 How to Apply - Required Documentation:                          

  • An Equity and Diversity Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (maximum two pages, single-spaced). For further information and guidelines, please visit:
  • Letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications
  • CV (Curriculum Vitae)
  • Names and contact information for three references (to be contacted for confidential letters of recommendation should you reach the semi-finalist stage)
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Experience. [ This statement is different from the Equity and Diversity Statement. Applicant shall e-mail for any clarification. ]
  • Statement of research interest and plans to secure external funding and engage undergraduate and masters-level graduate students in research
  • Finalists should be prepared to submit an official transcript (e-transcript preferred, if available)

How to Apply: Click Apply Now icon to complete the CSULB online application

Requests for information and process should be addressed to:

Professor Prashanth Jaikumar, Chair
California State University, Long Beach
Department of Physics and Astronomy
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-9505

(562) 985-7026 or E-Mail:  

Requests for information about the position should be addressed to:

Prof. Prashanth Jaikumar, Chair  


A background check (including a criminal records check and telephone reference check with most recent employer) 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.

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 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

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