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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State University, Northridge, invites applications for a tenure-track position as the Assistant Professor level in Condensed Matter Theory to begin Fall 2019. The research committee invited candidates from all of Theoretical (Computational) Condensed Matter. We are especially interested in candidates with a strong track-record in developing novel theoretical methods, algorithmic tools or numerical methods to study emergent phenomena in strongly correlated systems, topological quantum materials, or spintronics. 

The successful candidate will join a rapidly developing, research intensive department with 21 full-time faculty focusing on three main research areas: condensed matter physics, biophysics and astrophysics. It is anticipated that the University will provide start-up funds and reassigned time from teaching during the first three years of the appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain an independent, extramurally funded research program. Candidates must have a Ph.D. from an accredited University, with a strong record of research accomplishment. Candidates must be committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students. 

To apply, please submit (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) summary of research and (4) teaching interests and (5) arranged fir three letters of recommendation to be directly submitted to interfolio at all inquiries should be sent to the Condensed Matter Theory Search Committee at . Screening of completed applications will begin January 15, 2019. Priority will be given to completed applications received by this date, and the position will remain open until filled. 

Filling the position is subjected to budgetary considerations. At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. 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, sexual expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status. In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Northridge has made crime-reporting statistics available on-line at Print copies are available in the library and by request from the Department of Police Services and the Office of Faculty Affairs. Applicants who wish to request accommodations for disability may contact the Office of Equity and Diversity, (818) 677-2077.       




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.  

CSUN’s Commitment to You:
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 2019/20 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.

General Information:

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Northridge has made crime-reporting statistics available on-line at Print copies are available in the library and by request from the Department of Police Services and the Office of Faculty Affairs.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

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.