Physics and Astronomy

Job Openings




We anticipate hiring the following full-time tenure-track faculty with a Fall 2015 start date. Please click on the links below for more information:

Experimental Biophysicist

Computational Astrophysicist

Temporary Faculty:


California State University, Northridge, one of the largest of the 23 campuses of The California State University system, is located twenty-five miles northwest of central Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley, a suburb with a multi-cultural population of over one million people. The University enrolls approximately 36,000 students (29,181 FTEs) from diverse backgrounds, served by 2,000 faculty. Nine Colleges offer baccalaureate degrees in 69 degree programs, master’s degrees in 58 graduate degree programs, 2 doctorate graduate program and 55 teaching credentials in the field of education, and various opportunities in extended learning and other special programs. For more information about the University, check our website:

We anticipate hiring one or more temporary faculty for the 2015/16 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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Applicants who wish to request accommodations for a disability may contact the Office of Equity and Diversity, (818) 677-2077.

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 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.