University of California Santa Cruz, Division of Physical and Biological Sciences

Position ID:University of California Santa Cruz-Division of Physical and Biological Sciences-PAPTPPC [#19789]
Position Title: Physics: Assistant Professor in Theoretical Particle Physics or Cosmology (Initial Review 1/10/22)
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Santa Cruz, California 95064, United States
Subject Areas: Physics / Cosmology, Particle Physics
Appl Deadline:2022/06/30 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/09/27, finished 2023/01/07)
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Physics: Assistant Professor in Theoretical Particle Physics or Cosmology (Initial Review 1/10/22)

Position overview
Position title: Assistant Professor in Theoretical Particle Physics or Cosmology (tenure-track)
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis)

Anticipated start: July 1, 2022, with the academic year beginning in September 2022.

Application Window

Open date: September 14th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Jan 10, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position Description

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in Theoretical Particle Physics or Cosmology at the Assistant Professor level. UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who will work to promote these values. Areas of research in the Physics Department include particle physics, astrophysics, biophysics, applied physics, materials science, and condensed matter physics. Candidates with a strong record of publication in the field of theoretical particle physics or cosmology 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 theoretical particle physics and/or cosmology within the Physics Department. The selected candidate will be expected to teach Physics courses and mentor students at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to perform service to the Department and to the University.

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.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Physics, or related fields, and at least one year of postdoctoral research experience in theoretical particle physics or cosmology at the time of application.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research*
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion* - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service.

    *Note: Initial applicant screens will focus only on these elements – Research Statement and the Statement of Contributions to Diversity. Please review the guidelines on the elements of a good diversity statement and the search committee’s rubric for assessing diversity statements also found here: (
  • Statement of Teaching

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

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
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Campus Information

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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