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Physical and Biological Sciences: Assistant Professor in Materials Theory

University of California Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California
Closing date
Dec 9, 2020

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Field of specialization
Materials, Theoretical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time
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Physical and Biological Sciences: Assistant Professor in Materials Theory (Open until filled; initial review 1/4/2021)

The at the University of California (UC), Santa Cruz invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in materials theory at the Assistant Professor level. UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who share these values. The Assistant Professor will be hired in the or the Areas of research in the Physics Department include particle physics, astrophysics, biophysics, applied physics, and condensed matter physics. Areas of research in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department include biochemistry/biophysical, physical, materials, organic/bioorganic, and inorganic/bioinorganic chemistry. The assigned department will depend on the research interests and areas of expertise of the selected candidate. Candidates with a strong record of publication in the field of theoretical and computational materials and with a strong commitment to research and teaching are encouraged to apply.

The selected candidate is expected to establish a vigorous research program in materials theory either within the Physics Department's condensed matter physics group, or within the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department's physical/materials chemistry group. Within the department, the selected candidate will be expected to teach Physics or Chemistry courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and perform service to the department and university. The selected candidate is also expected to participate in the UC Santa Cruz Materials Science & Engineering Initiative by engaging in collaborative, interdisciplinary research and to teach and mentor in a future Materials Science & Engineering graduate program.

UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a high proportion of first-in-family students. To be considered, candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and describe their experience and future plans to promote equity and inclusion in teaching, mentoring, and professional activities. These can take a variety of forms such as, but not limited to, effective pedagogical strategies used for the educational advancement of students in underrepresented groups; demonstrated contributions to the advancement of access and equal opportunity in education; and participation in activities that support the recruitment, retention, and success of scholars and students. Activities promoting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as important university service during the faculty promotion process.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor

Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Physics, Chemistry, or related field, and at least one year of postdoctoral research experience in theoretical and/or computational physics or chemistry related to materials at the time of application.

July 1, 2021, with the academic year beginning in September 2021. Position contingent on budgetary approval.

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

Please refer to Position # JPF00958-21 in all correspondence.

Reference Requirement
Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 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

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by January 4, 2021. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at (831) 459-4602.

UCSC is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment, our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal HERC website at to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution.

The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit

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