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Assistant Professor in Gravitational Wave Science

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 10th, 2019

Last review date: Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 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, May 31, 2020 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.


THE DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS within the Division of Physical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff and student body and invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor level faculty position. Areas of interest include: Gravitational Wave Science broadly defined. This is a broad search for outstanding researchers in gravitational wave science, including theoreticians (fundamental gravitation theory, gravitational wave sources, analytic and numerical relativity), gravitational wave data analysts, relativistic astrophysicists, or experimentalists working on the design, development or construction of instrumentation for gravitational wave science. All positions are subject to availability of funding.

Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related field at the time of application.

A successful candidate should have demonstrated potential for a recognized program of excellence in both teaching and research and a well-articulated plan of contributing to programs that increase the access and success of underrepresented students and faculty in the sciences. We especially welcome candidates who have already participated in, contributed to, or created such programs and who have a commitment to helping shape and expand the University’s Diversity Initiatives. Applications should include a statement describing past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Teaching in physics and related topics will be expected. Ideally, the candidate will have skills and interest in teaching lab and lecture courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scale. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Applications are to be submitted online

For applicants interested in spousal/partner employment, please visit the UCSD Partner Opportunities Program.

UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - Summary of your scientific accomplishments and future goals that you plan to follow in our department.

  • Statement of Teaching - Please provide a statement summarizing your teaching philosophy. Can include evaluations, examples of your work, feedback from students and colleagues.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity or the Physical Sciences site for more information.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required