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Employment Opportunities



The Department of Physics and Astronomy does not anticipate any open faculty positions for the 2020 - 2021 academic year.
Last updated: March 2021

Research Faculty are expected to develop an internationally recognized and externally funded research program, develop and teach graduate and undergraduate courses, advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and undertake service activities. Candidates must have a doctoral degree in physics or a related field, a record of original research accomplishments, and the potential to develop a successful independent research program. 


Open Positions

  • Assistant Project Scientist with the California EIC Consortium

    The California EIC consortium consists of five University of California and California-State University campuses and three National Laboratories.
    (Berkeley, Davis, Los Angeles, Riverside, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, LBNL, LLNL, and LANL). Our consortium members will work together on EIC physics and detector development, with emphasis on the silicon tracker and forward calorimeters.

    The EIC project is in a critical juncture, with the call for detector proposals and collaboration formation expected to occur this year. In this context, The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Riverside invites applicants for an Assistant Project Scientist (“California EIC Fellow”) to conduct applied research for the California EIC consortium. The selected candidate will:

    Coordinate the work among campuses and national laboratories, and lead publication of the consortium’s research.

    • Help supervise graduate and undergraduate students among campuses, enhancing campus collaboration with LLNL, LANL and LBNL.
    • Contribute to the design of silicon-tracker and calorimeter systems for EIC detectors, as well as development of new observables.
    • Carry out large-scale computations, utilizing the supercomputer systems at LBNL’s NERSC facility and at LLNL, and coordinate across collaborating institutions.
    • Present research results in seminars and at scientific conferences.

    The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to get involved with ongoing research efforts with members of the consortium. Ongoing projects include: the ALICE and LHCb experiments at the LHC; the STAR and sPHENIX experiments at RHIC;  experiments at the Jefferson Laboratory (at Hall-A, Hall-C, and CLAS12); and the H1 experiment at HERA.

    Required qualifications for this position include:

    • Ph.D. in Physics by the date of hire.


    Preferred qualifications for this position include:

    • Experience with experimental nuclear or particle physics at colliders or fixed-target experiments (at RHIC, JLab, or CERN).
    • Demonstrated ability to work within large collaborations.

    UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

    The position is to be based at UC Riverside. Frequent travel and extended stays at institutions that are members of the California EIC consortium are expected.

    To apply: Submit the following documents through the following link (

    • Cover letter
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Research statement
    • Publication list
    • Names of three reference contacts.


    Review of applications will commence on March 15, 2021. Complete applications will be accepted until June 30th 2021 or until the position is filled.

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Advancement through the Project Scientist ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

    For more information about this position, please send an email to: For questions on application procedures and requirements, please contact Christina Taylor, Academic Personnel, at or Professor Miguel Arratia, Department of Physics and Astronomy, at



  • Postdoc Position in Theoretical Soft Condensed Matter and Computational Biophysics

    We invite applications for a postdoc position in theoretical soft condensed matter and computational biophysics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UC Riverside. The position is part of a multidisciplinary, multi-campus effort connected to the recently established UC Consortium on Coronavirus Research.  The primary goal of the group is to elucidate the mechanisms of the assembly of coronaviruses using analytical theory and computer simulation. The work involves a broad range of research topics including polymer physics, elasticity theory, electrostatics, thermodynamics, self-assembly and computational modeling of assembly pathways of finite-sized structures.

    The postdoc will work closely with the primary supervisor Roya Zandi at UC Riverside in collaboration with Ajay Gopinathan (UC Merced) and Koehl (UC Davis). The postdoc will also work closely with the experimentalists on three campuses to develop theory and numerical simulation for the design, analysis, and interpretation of experiments of formation of coronaviruses. The position comes with multiple opportunities for professional development and meaningful mentorship, outreach and community engagement.
    Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

    To apply, candidates should send their application materials to, including a CV, a list of publications, and contact information of three references. Women and under-represented minorities are encouraged to apply.

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