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Postdoctoral Fellow Position

Two postdoctoral fellow  positions in theoretical/computational condensed matter physics are available in the research group of Prof. Donna Sheng at California State University Northridge. The position is initially  for one year, beginning the summer of 2021 or earlier, with a possible one-year extension. Candidates  with experiences of studying strongly correlated systems, fractional quantum Hall effects, topological quantum materials, and quantum spin liquids are encouraged to apply. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D in physics. Experiences  with developing numerical (including density matrix renormalization group, tensor network, and exact diagonalization) methods are highly preferred.  Applicants should provide a Curriculum Vita that includes a list of publications and a statement of research interest. Screening of applications will start immediately until the positions are being filled.

See CSUN website to apply for this position (Postdoctoral Research Assistant Job ID 498869). Application

FACULTY POSITION (FULL TIME; None at this time).




One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 student annually and counts more that 330,000 alumni who elevate Southern California and beyond. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made more significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 11,700 jobs each year. The LAEDC recognized CSUN as its 2015 Eddy Award winner for its positive economic impact. Serving more students on Pell Grants than any other institution in California, CSUN is also a social elevator and one of the most diverse university in the country. CSUN ranks 13th in awarding bachelor's degrees to traditionally undeserved students and enrolls the largest number of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students of any U.S. state university. The journal Nature recently named CSUN a Rising Star for scientific research, and the NSF ranks CSUN in the top five nationally among similar institutions for graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences. CSUN is where individuals rise. And through them, so does the Greater Los Angeles and beyond.  

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CSUN is strongly committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, active learning and diversity.  Our values include a respect for all people, building alliances with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. 

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, CSUN strives to create a community in which a diverse population can work, teach and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights of each individual. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, medical information, marital status, or veteran status. For more information about the University, check our website:

We anticipate hiring one or more temporary faculty for the 2021/22 academic year to teach introductory physics and astronomy courses. All part-time faculty appointments are temporary and do not confer academic rank. CSUN serves a diverse student population and all lecturers must have a commitment to diversity And an ability to teach/mentor a diverse student population as a qualification for the position.

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A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. 

Applicants who wish to request accommodations for a disability may contact the Office of Equity and Diversity, (818) 677-2077.

Final determination of part-time teaching assignments is contingent upon student enrollment figures and funding.


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 educational background, prior teaching experience, evidence of scholarship, and/or related professional experience.
  3. 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. Damian Christian 
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.