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We anticipate hiring one or more temporary faculty for the 2014/15 academic year to teach introductory physics and astronomy courses. As CSUN serves a diverse student population, all lecturers must have a commitment to diversity and an ability to teach/mentor a diverse student population as a qualification for this position.


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The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.


To be considered for this position, applicants should submit the following materials by mail:

  • (1) A letter to the Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy indicating an interest in working as a temporary faculty in the department. The letter should also address the applicant's interest in teaching lecture classes, laboratory classes, in Physics and/or in Astronomy.

  • (2) A complete resume showing colleges attended, degrees earned, dates of degrees and work experience to date.

  • (3) Class evaluations from other institutions if available.

  • (4) Two letters of recommendation and three additional references from employers or previous departments at which you have taught similar classes.

  • Applicants with a Ph.D. in Physics or Astronomy are preferred. Ph.D. candidates just about to graduate are also encouraged.

Submit the above materials by the appropriate deadline (USPS or email) to:

Dr. Say-Peng Lim (
Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
California State University Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.

Northridge, CA 91330-8268

The Department will mail you statistical forms to be COMPLETED BY YOU AND RETURNED. Based on your qualifications, the Department will assign you to the POOL OF QUALIFIED APPLICANTS. A personal interview with the Department Chair is required prior to any appointment. If the Department needs your services, the Department will contact you BEFORE THE SEMESTER BEGINS.

You may be eligible for full benefits pending on the number of units you teach. The benefits that the CSU offers can be viewed at and a general profile of the campus can be found at The applicant is expected to demonstrate a commitment to working with a racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse student population. California State University, Northridge is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX, Section 504 Employer.  


Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Position with the High-Resolution Imaging Laboratory at California State University Northridge. The successful applicant will work with Professor Deqing Ren on a project to develop a solar adaptive optics system for national leading solar telescopes. The research will involve the design, construction and software development of a portable Adaptive Optics system that is currently supported by National Science Foundation. Responsibilities will include: laboratory assembling, alignment, software development, and test of the adaptive optics. A Ph.D. in optics, physics, computer science, astronomy or equivalent in an area is relevant to this project. Software development using LabVIEW or previous experience in adaptive optics is highly desirable, but not of a necessity. The appointment is initially for two years with the possibility of renewal for an additional year, depending on the funding. To apply, please send a resume, publication list, and statement of research to Professor Ren ( Also have two letters of reference forwarded to the same e-mail address.



A research associate position in the field of biophysics and biochemistry of phospholipase membrane enzymology is immediately available. Candidates must have three to four years of demonstrated laboratory and research expereince in conducting phospholipase enzyme kinetic studies in membranes and mixed micelles, data interpretation and modeling, physicochemical characterization of micelles and vesicles using various techniques including fluorescence, NMR, SANS, ESR, Viscometry and other methods as well. Please contact Dr. Radha Ranganathan at or apply to: Radha Ranganathan, Department of Physics, CSU Northridge, CA 91330.



Several postdoctoral positions are available in the Computational Materials Theory Center at California State University Northridge for research in multiscale modeling of materials, ranging from electronic structure and atomistic processes to transport phenomena. We are looking for candidates having a strong background in at least one of the following fields: strongly correlated electron systems, computational materials physics, first-principles electronic structure theory, molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations, and non-equilibrium transport.

The selected candidates will work in one of the following projects according to their qualifications, experience and motivation: 1) Dislocation core properties in metals and intermetallics; 2) the effect of solutes on dislocation motion in metallic alloys; 3) dislocation core properties in bimetallic interfaces; 4) Strongly Correlated Electron Systems; 5) Electron and spin transport in quantum dots and molecular electronics; and 6) Electronic and optical properties of defects and defects reactions in Hydrogen -Bonded Molecular Crystals.

In some cases, the positions are available immediately, while others will become available in the September 2003. Initial appointment is for one year, renewable for a second and/or third year (based upon satisfactory performance). Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vita, list of publications, and arrange to have two letters of reference sent to: Prof. Nicholas Kioussis, Department of Physics, California State University Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8268 or via e-mail to: Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled. California State University Northridge is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.