Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Position ID:University of California, Santa Cruz-Physics-FQXI_UCSC [#6694]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Researcher, Theoretical Physics
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Santa Cruz, California 95064, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Condensed Matter Physics, Nuclear Physics, Theoretical Physics, Nonlinear and Complex Systems, Biological Physics
Appl Deadline:2015/12/15 finished (posted 2015/11/04, listed until 2016/02/15)
Position Description:    

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The Physics Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a postdoctoral position. The successful candidate will work in a research program, “The Physics of the Observer” being funded by the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi). The co-investigators for this program are Anthony Aguirre and Joshua Deutsch at UCSC and Max Tegmark at MIT. This program spans many theoretical issues: cosmology, the foundations of quantum mechanics, relativity, neuroscience, and biophysics. The ability to think independently and creatively about deep theoretical questions is crucial. Aside from the co-investigators, there will be visitors at UCSC associated with this program. The ability to interact well with other researchers is important. The postdoc will contribute to the organization of meetings and play an active role in shaping the direction of the program.

RANK: Postdoctoral Scholar – employee.

SALARY: $46,000 - $50,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Physics or closely related field.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A strong theoretical background including publications in at least one and preferably more than one of the above areas is preferred, as is a broad interest in many areas, such as quantum mechanical foundations, cosmology, and biological systems. A strong computational background is also desirable.

POSITION AVAILABLE: July, 1, 2016, although there is some flexibility in the start date. Appointments are contingent upon availability of funding. Ph.D. in hand at time of the appointment.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Appointments are for one year, renewable for an additional year based on satisfactory performance and subject to funding. For appointments within the University of California, the total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at other institutions.

TO APPLY: Applicants should upload a curriculum vitae and publication list, a three-page Research Statement containing a summary of relevant experience and potential future research directions, and arrange to have the three letters of recommendation* arrive by December 15, 2015 for earliest consideration. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

*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 15, 2015. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete and letters of recommendation received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than 6/30/2016.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Josh Deutsch,
Dept of Physics,
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

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