Open positions in Physics & Astronomy


University of California, Los Angeles
Tenure-track Faculty Position in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor position in condensed matter theory, broadly defined. The anticipated starting date is July 1, 2023. The Department is seeking outstanding candidates with the potential for exceptional research and excellence in teaching. The University of California 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 richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree is required. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Applicants should apply online via the UCLA Academic Recruit website: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF08054. Please submit a curriculum vita, a statement of research accomplishments and plans, and a list of publications with the three best research papers identified. A statement of teaching and a statement of contributions to diversity are required for a complete application. (More information on diversity statement can be found on the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion statement FAQ page, https://ucla.app.box.com/v/edi-statement-faqs.) At least three, and up to five letters of recommendation are to be submitted through the same website. For more information, contact Corinna Koehnenkamp, Academic Human Resources Manager, at chair@physics.ucla.edu, or corinna@physics.ucla.edu, or 475 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1547.

To assure full consideration, the application should be received by January 9, 2023. Applications will be accepted after that date and until the search is closed. Please refer to tracking number #JPF08054 in all correspondence.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, bullying and other demeaning behavior, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UCLA conducts targeted employment reference checks for finalists to whom departments or other hiring units would like to extend formal offers of appointment into Academic Senate faculty positions. The targeted employment reference checks involve contacting the finalists’ current and prior places of employment to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UCLA requires all applicants for Academic Senate faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If the applicant does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Academic Senate faculty positions will be subject to targeted employment reference checks.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy at http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


University of California, Los Angeles
Faculty Position in Physics and Astrophysics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA https://www.pa.ucla.edu) invites applications for a full time faculty position at the assistant, associate, or full professor level, in the area of Astrophysical Instrumentation. The department is particularly interested in applicants who will capitalize on the resources and extensive infrastructure of the UCLA Infrared Laboratory (https://irlab.astro.ucla.edu/), a unit of the University of California Observatories (UCO). During the past three decades, the lab has built and conducted research with several unique instruments for the world’s largest telescopes. Current instrumentation projects include high-resolution fiber-fed spectrometers, imagers, and integral-field spectrometers for both W. M. Keck Observatory (WMKO; http://www.keckobservatory.org) and the future Thirty Meter Telescope (http://www.tmt.org/). The successful candidate is expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program and, through UC’s Time Allocation processes, will have the opportunity to apply for observing time at WMKO and Lick Observatory (https://www.lickobservatory.org). The following website provides more general information about the UCLA Division of Astronomy & Astrophysics (https://www.astro.ucla.edu). In addition to demonstrating the potential for exceptional research, applicants must have the capacity for excellence in teaching (at both the undergraduate and graduate levels), and a clear commitment to enhancing the diversity of the department. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2023 and salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

For full consideration, applications should be received by January 6, 2023, at which time the review of applications will commence. However, applications will be accepted until the search is closed. Applicants should apply online via the UCLA Academic Recruit website https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF08059 and must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vita, publication list, a minimum of 3 letters of recommendations (and no more than 5), statement of research accomplishments and description of future research plans, statement of teaching experience and interest, statement of contributions and commitment to diversity, as well as the reference check authorization release form.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, bullying and other demeaning behavior, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UCLA conducts targeted employment reference checks for finalists to whom departments or other hiring units would like to extend formal offers of appointment into Academic Senate faculty positions. The targeted employment reference checks involve contacting the finalists’ current and prior places of employment to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UCLA requires all applicants for Academic Senate faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If the applicant does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Academic Senate faculty positions will be subject to targeted employment reference checks.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy at http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


University of California, Los Angeles
STROBE Postdoctoral Fellow Position

The University of California at Los Angeles and the STROBE NSF Science & Technology Center are seeking candidates for a SROBE Postdoctoral Fellow to work in atomic electron tomography, coherent diffractive imaging (CDI) and/or ptychography. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art electron microscopes and/or coherent X-ray sources to study quantum, energy, disordered, and/or biological materials. Experience in S/TEM, CDI / ptychography, computational methods, phase retrieval, X-ray/electron imaging/diffraction or material characterization is preferred, but candidates with a strong background in other areas will be equally considered. Applicants should send a CV and a list of publications to Prof. John Miao (miao@physics.ucla.edu).

For more information, please visit www.physics.ucla.edu/research/imaging.

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, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy Policy (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct).


University of California, Los Angeles
Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Physics & Astronomy at UCLA

The Plasma Diagnostics Group at UCLA is looking for a qualified person to fill an experimental Postdoctoral Scholar position. A qualified candidate should have received a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics or a related field and have a demonstrated background in experimental plasma physics. The Postdoctoral position involves implementing, operating, and utilizing two microwave diagnostics: Doppler backscattering (DBS) and cross-polarization scattering (CPS) diagnostics at the MAST-U spherical tokamak located at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Culham, UK. These diagnostic techniques measure internal density turbulence (DBS), turbulence flows (DBS), and internal magnetic turbulence (CPS). These measurements are used to address important areas of fusion energy and high temperature plasma research including physics of plasma turbulence, thermal and particle transport, flows, etc. These are very exciting areas of research with significant opportunities for journal publications and public presentations. We seek applicants with laboratory, technical, and software expertise. Experience with microwave diagnostics is a plus but is not required. The responsibilities of this position will include proposing new experiments, leading experimental efforts, data analysis using advanced numerical techniques, close participation in experimental efforts, writing and publishing results in scientific journals, and oral presentations of results. This work will be performed under the guidance of a Researcher in the UCLA Physics and Astronomy Department. Work will take place onsite at the MAST-U spherical tokamak located at Culham, UK. Hiring is contingent on having the right to work in the U.S. and a willingness to relocate to the MAST-U facility located in Culham, UK upon hiring. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a current CV, and two letters of reference to Dr. Terry Rhodes at trhodes@ucla.edu.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.


University of California, Los Angeles
Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Physics & Astronomy at UCLA/
                     DIII-D National Fusion Facility

The Plasma Diagnostics Group at UCLA is looking for a qualified person to fill an experimental Postdoctoral Scholar position. Qualified candidates will have received a Ph.D. in plasma science or a related field (engineering, etc.) and have a demonstrated background in experimental science. The Postdoctoral position involves (1) the operation and maintenance of an advanced fast density profile reflectometer system, (2) improvement of the density profile software, and (3) the development of new data analysis techniques to extract density turbulence, coherent mode behavior, etc. This diagnostic techniques measures electron density profiles, turbulence, and coherent modes with good time and spatial resolutions (25 microsec and 0.5 cm). These measurements are used to address important areas of fusion energy and high temperature plasma research including physics of thermal and particle transport, spatial asymmetries, testing of simulations against experimental data using the synthetic diagnostics developed here, etc. These are very exciting areas of research with significant opportunities for journal publications and public presentations. We seek applicants with laboratory, technical, and software expertise. Experience with microwave diagnostics is a plus. The responsibilities of this position will include experimental efforts, analysis of data using advanced numerical techniques, writing and publishing results in scientific journals, and oral presentations of results. This work will be performed under the guidance of a Researcher in the UCLA Physics and Astronomy Department. Work will take place onsite at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility located in San Diego, CA. Hiring is contingent on having the right to work in the U.S. and a willingness to relocate to San Diego upon hiring. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a current CV, and two letters of reference to Dr. Terry Rhodes at trhodes@ucla.edu.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.


University of California, Los Angeles
Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Physics & Astronomy at UCLA

The Infrared Laboratory at UCLA is looking for a qualified person to fill an experimental Postdoctoral Scholar position. A qualified candidate should have received a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or a related field and have a demonstrated background in astronomical instrumentation.

The Postdoctoral position involves supporting the development of the HISPEC spectrometers. The HISPEC instrument is being developed for the W.M. Keck Observatory and uses adaptive optics to feed two cryogenic R~100k spectrometers in the near-infrared via single-mode fibers. This instrument is being designed to support spectroscopy of transiting and non-transiting exoplanets in close orbits, direct high-contrast detection, and spectroscopy of spatially separated substellar companions, and exoplanet dynamical mass and orbit measurements using precision radial velocity monitoring calibrated with an ultra-stable laser frequency comb. These are exciting areas of research with significant opportunities for journal publications and public presentations.

We seek applicants with laboratory, technical, and software expertise to support the design and full-scale development of the backend spectrometers. Experience in astronomical or optical instrument development, alignment, and/or testing is required. Experience with and ability to work with the science detector and its readout electronics, including preamplifier design, electronics testing, and performance tuning, are highly preferred. A US driver’s license, to be able to drive between UCLA and collaboration partners in Southern California, is preferred. The responsibilities of this position will include instrument design, assembly, and testing, production of design documentation, participation in formal reviews, writing and publishing results in scientific journals, and oral presentations of results. This work will be performed under the guidance of Prof. Michael Fitzgerald in the UCLA Physics and Astronomy Department. Work will take place onsite at UCLA. Hiring is contingent on having the right to work in the U.S. and a willingness to relocate to UCLA upon hiring. The expected term is one year with the potential for renewal for an additional two years. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current CV, and two letters of reference via the application portal at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF07303. Applications should be received by March 25, 2022.


University of California, Los Angeles
Post-doctoral position on LZ Dark Matter experiment

We invite applications for a post-doctoral position within the dark matter research group at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

The successful candidate will primarily work on the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) dark matter experiment. The candidate is expected to strongly contribute to LZ data analysis and LZ detector calibrations with regular shifts to Sanford Underground Research Facility where the experiment is located to work on the upgrade and the operation of the different detector calibration systems. The successful candidate is also expected to contribute to R&D projects towards next generation dark matter detectors which will be conducted within the research laboratory at UCLA .

We are looking for an outstanding candidate who has obtained, or is about to obtain, a Ph.D. in experimental particle or astroparticle physics. Applicants with both software and hardware experience in liquefied noble gas detectors are preferred. The regular duration of the position would be two years, with a possible extension upon agreement. Applicants should send a CV, a list of publications to which they made a significant contribution, and a brief statement of research interests to: akamaha@physics.ucla.edu.

Please also arrange for (03) three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same email address. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. However, for full consideration, materials should be submitted by June 30, 2022.

Women and underrepresented minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Contact: Prof. Alvine Kamaha (akamaha@physics.ucla.edu)

Letters of Reference should be sent to: akamaha@physics.ucla.edu

Deadline: June 30, 2022


University of California, Los Angeles
TEMPORARY INSTRUCTOR POSITIONS IN MASTER OF QUANTUM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the UCLA College of Letters and Sciences invites highly qualified applicants for temporary instructor positions for the 2023 Spring quarter. This is a temporary, non-tenure teaching track appointment, on a part-time basis and made quarter by quarter, as dictated by instructional needs.

Responsibilities will include lecturing, conducting regularly scheduled office hours, and the writing and grading of exams and problem sets.

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D., several tears of professional teaching experience and a demonstrated record of distinguished graduate teaching or proven expertise in the area of Quantum Information Science.

Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae. Please submit your application materials at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08166. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2023.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy Policy.