College of Natural & Social Sciences


Department of Physics and Astronomy

Associate or Full Professor of Physics

Starting Date:

August, 2020

Minimum Qualifications:

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the California State University, Los Angeles, is seeking to fill one faculty position at the Associate or Full Professor level. The candidate will have the minimum qualifications:

1) An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Physics or a closely-related discipline from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required at the time of application.
2) Evidence of an established record of teaching effectiveness (e.g., curriculum development, course redesign and/or coordination) at the undergraduate level.
3) Evidence of an established record of scholarly engagement (e.g., publications, grants, presentations, disciplinary engagement) in experimental physics.
4) Tenure as an Associate or Full Professor at an accredited degree-granting institution.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates who have:

1) Experience in developing innovative instructional labs, particularly for introductory-level, lower-division, and upper physics courses.
2) Experience in attracting external funding, especially for developing and equipping instructional labs.
3) Evidence of teaching experience in graduate physics courses.
4) Evidence of mentoring and supporting students’ research or educational activities.
5) While teaching and research experience that compliments the needs of the department are open, areas of special consideration will include, but are not limited to, Nuclear Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Biophysics, Astrophysics, Photonics, and Atomic & Molecular Physics.


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

A successful candidate will be expected to actively participate in the design, implementation and assessment of a sustainable coordination model of lower-division physics courses for the life-sciences, physical sciences and engineering majors.

The candidate will be expected to teach physics courses at all levels of instruction (including GE and service courses), establish a funded research program in his/her field of expertise, actively involve undergraduate and graduate students in research and to support and further develop the department’s public outreach and community engagement activities.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  An attractive start-up package is available to set up the laboratory.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system.  The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good.  We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.

Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations.  The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation.  As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.  

The College:

As a federally recognized Hispanic-serving and Minority-serving institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. This longstanding commitment is reflected in the College of Natural and Social Sciences, which is home to fifteen academic departments, including the nation’s first Chicano Studies program, second Pan-African Studies program, as well as Latin American and Asian/Asian American Studies programs. 

The department is one of 15 departments within the College of Natural and Social Sciences, which supports academic programs for approximately 6000 students. Majors in the college are trained to become highly competent professionals capable of solving technical environmental problems, developing public policy, pursuing advanced degrees, and becoming productive members of a diverse society. 

The Department:

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers both undergraduate and Master’s level degrees in physics. Areas of faculty research within the department include condensed matter, astrophysics, biophysics, and computational physics. Nearby institutions that offer opportunities for collaboration include Caltech, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, plus many other Los Angeles area colleges.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below:
1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.
2) A curriculum vitae.
3) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.
4) A list of three professional references.
5) A University Application for Employment Form
6) A short description of a coordination model proposed for lower-division-physics service courses.

Finalists will be required to submit:
Official transcripts.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Review of applications will begin January 15, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to:  sterebe@calstatela.edu. Please type “Department of Physics and Astronomy, Tenure-Track Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the search committee chair (Dr. Susan Terebey) at: sterebe@calstatela.edu or 323-343-2100.

Note: 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 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.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.