University of California, Santa Cruz, SCIPP

Position ID:UCSC-SCIPP-POSTDOC [#17042]
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Santa Cruz, California 95064, United States [map]
Subject Area: Physics / Theoretical Astrophysics
Appl Deadline:none
Position Description:    




The Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP) at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Scholar to work under the direction of the Theory Group.

The Theory Group expects to have one or more postdoctoral fellow positions open for the academic year 2020-2021. The theoretical high-energy physics group includes faculty members Wolfgang Altmannshofer, Michael Dine, Stefania Gori, Howard Haber, and Stefano Profumo, as well as several postdocs and students. The group has close ties and interactions with the local Fermi and ATLAS groups, with theorists Joel Primack and Anthony Aguirre, and with several members of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Department at UCSC.

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct theoretical physics research in areas such as particle phenomenology and model building, astroparticle physics, cosmology, quantum field theory, string theory, and quantum gravity.

We welcome applications from outstanding candidates interested in all areas of high-energy theory and phenomenology, cosmology, and/or theoretical astroparticle physics.

RANK:  Postdoctoral Scholar - Employee

SALARY:   Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:   Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Theoretical Physics, Astrophysics/Astronomy or related discipline.  It is expected that the degree will be completed prior to the appointment date.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  A minimum of one published or submitted manuscript in theoretical particle physics, astrophysics,  or cosmology. Substantial experience in theoretical particle research.

POSITION AVAILABLE: Winter 2021.  Ph.D. in hand at time of appointment.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: : Initial appointment is for one year, with possible extension for up to three years: with annual reappointment contingent upon positive performance review and availability of funding. For appointments within the University of California, a total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including Postdoctoral service at other institutions. Under certain circumstances, a sixth year may be considered.

TO APPLY:   Electronic submissions are preferred. Please send curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, a list of publications, and names of three senior scientists who will provide letters of recommendation*.  Apply online via Academic Jobs Online ( or send materials by post to:

Stefano Profumo, Professor               

c/o Ms. Margaret Wuerth   - Please refer to position #PS-SCIPP-TG in all correspondence

SCIPP – Natural Sciences II

University of California, Santa Cruz     

Santa Cruz, CA 95064

*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

CLOSING DATE:   Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2020.

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: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; (831) 459-2686.

Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; (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. More information is available here or from the Academic Personnel Office (APO) at (831) 459-4300.

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