Sac State Physics Faculty Opportunities

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has an outstanding group of faculty who are dedicated to proving an outstanding education to the students Sacramento State. You can find out more information about joining this great group of folks as a tenure track or part-time faculty member can be found below. 

Tenure Track Vacancies

Assistant Professor - Experimental Physics

Applications are invited for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) position in Physics to begin in August 2018. A Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field is required. A strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate level is required. Applicants must have graduate coursework and research experience in experimental physics. Applicant must demonstrate the ability to develop a successful research program which involves undergraduate student research projects. Commitment and ability to work with a diverse student body is required. Prior teaching at the undergraduate level is desired. Evidence of the candidate’s ability to contribute to the development of upper-division laboratory experiments and upper-division general education courses are preferred. The ability to implement strategies that facilitate student access to and success in high demand introductory courses is also desired. 

Applicants must submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement outlining the applicant's approach to teaching, a research statement, unofficial transcripts of all college work (official copies will be required of candidates invited for an interview), and contact information for at least three references that can speak to the professional qualities of applicant.

Additional information and complete application instructions can be found at the Sacramento State jobs website located at: Only complete applications received through the online system will be considered. Questions about the process may be directed to William DeGraffenreid, Department Chair, at Review of applications to begin December 11, 2017.  Position will remain open until filled. AA/EO Employer. Clery Act statistics available. Background Check (including criminal) required.  Mandated reporter requirements.

Part-time Faculty Pool

The Department of Physics and Astronomy sometimes needs to hire people to teach on a part-time basis. The majority of this work is in the lower division. We do maintain a pool of applicants for consideration for this work. Applicants need to submit the following information for full consideration:

  • Letter of application
  • Statement of Professional Preparation and Experience 
  • Current curriculum vita
  • Copies of all academic transcripts with evidence of highest degree
  • The names and contact information of at least two references

The application material should provide evidence that the applicant will have the ability to be a successful educator at Sacramento State. Applications are preferred in an electronic format (  


A graduate degree in physics or closely related field is required for lecture courses; a bachelor’s degree coupled with significant teaching/work experience may be suitable for some laboratory courses. ABD is acceptable for temporary position.

Most part-time work will be for classes at the lower-division level. The most common need is in lower-division laboratory sections. 

An application remains active for 12 months after its receipt. The file may be extended an additional 12 months by applicant’s request or update to the file.

For the purposes of application, unofficial copies of transcripts are sufficient. If an offer of employment is made, it is subject to verification of academic record. For this, official (or certified copies of) transcripts are required.

Applicant must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.