Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) Position in Computational/Theoretical Physics


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position
Computational / Theoretical Physics
 Beginning Fall Semester 2014

California State University, Sacramento invites applications from individuals interested in joining our dynamic and growing faculty.  With a current student population of about 28,000, Sacramento State, the capital University, is one of the larger campuses in the 23-campus California State University system, the largest system of higher education in the nation.  The University is organized around eight colleges. There are approximately 1,700 faculty who provide programs of instruction leading towards bachelor’s degrees in 60 disciplines and Master’s degrees in 40 disciplines, two joint doctoral programs, and one independent doctoral program.

Sacramento is a high-growth metropolitan area with a population of approximately 2 million.  Sacramento, a city and county with a very diverse population, was identified by Time Magazine in 2002 as “America’s most integrated city.”  As California’s capital, Sacramento is an advantageous setting for premier academic programs.  As a major metropolitan university, Sacramento State is committed to providing leadership in addressing significant regional needs and to enriching our liberal arts tradition.  The proximity of Sacramento State to the California legislature and other agencies of state and federal government provides unparalleled opportunities for faculty and students to participate in public service through policy research, internships, and employment.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is a high-quality, baccalaureate program which is currently experiencing significant growth. Historically graduating six students per year, we currently have over eighty majors in our three physics degree tracks.  Our faculty members have been highly recognized by the University, having won numerous awards for teaching, scholarly activity, and service.

Minimum Qualifications


Doctorate in physics or closely related field required. All degree requirements must be completed by August 2014.

Special Knowledge and Abilities

A strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate level is required. Candidate must demonstrate the ability to mentor undergraduate student research projects.


Graduate coursework and research experience in computational and/or theoretical physics is required.

A successful California State University, Sacramento faculty member promotes the values celebrated by a public, regional, comprehensive, metropolitan university.  At Sacramento State, the quality of the education we provide is our top priority.  In addition to contributing positively to teaching and learning, faculty members are expected to engage in scholarship and to provide service to the University and to the greater community.  Our campus community represents the broad diversity of our state, and we believe that all are enriched and unified by this diversity.  In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people with the commitment and ability to work with a diverse student population.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Postdoctoral experience is preferred.

  • Preference will be given to applicants with a desire to involve undergraduate students in their scholarly activity.
  • Prior teaching at the undergraduate level and experience working with diverse groups are desired.
  • Ability to implement strategies to foster student success in introductory courses.
  • Ability to utilize technology or other innovative strategies to improve access to high demand courses.


Duties for the successful applicant will include teaching introductory and upper-division physics courses, serving as an academic advisor for physics majors, involving undergraduate students in research projects and developing departmental facilities and programs in physics. The successful applicant will also be expected to pursue scholarly activity, including seeking external funding, and to perform service to the Institution (committee assignments, program development, etc.) as well as service to the Community.


This is tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank.  Salary is dependent upon qualifications and professional experience.

Application Procedure

Review of applications will begin December 16, 2013; position open until filled.

An applicant must submit a letter of application, official transcripts of all college work (unofficial copies accepted until invited for interview), a current curriculum vita, the names and telephone numbers of at least three recent references who will speak to the professional qualifications of the applicant, and statements of teaching and scholarly interests. Send materials to:

Jérôme Bürki, Hiring Committee Chair
Department of Physics and Astronomy
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6041


Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

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.

This position may be designated as sensitive and may require a Criminal Background Check.  The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Sacramento has made crime reporting statistics available online at .  Reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Sacramento State, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus, during the last three years, are included.  The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other safety matters.  Print copies are available in the Library, and by request from the Office of Public Safety and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.