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Last updated: September 2022

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 and Associate Professor Positions in Particle Astrophysics, Cosmology, and Gravitational Waves

    The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Riverside invites highly qualified experimental physicists to apply for an Academic-year tenure-track/tenure position in the fields of Particle Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravitational Waves. We have recently made new faculty appointments in experimental gravitational waves and experimental dark matter searches and expect to make two more appointments that will complement them.

    Candidates should possess a record of demonstrated excellence in research. The successful candidate is expected to establish an outstanding and well-funded research program involving graduate students and postdoctoral scientists, and to contribute to departmental teaching at all levels. We are initiating a new experimental group at UC Riverside to augment and complement ongoing efforts in particle physics and astronomy. We are seeking independent researchers, who will build significant on-campus research efforts involving undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs on the forefront experimental programs in this general area of physics. We anticipate that individual hires may work together or on different experimental projects. We seek individuals with strong academic promise/experience, who can build significant research efforts at UCR in forefront areas that will complement existing programs in our department. 

    Candidates for this position are required to have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in physics or a related field at the time of application.

    Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. 

    Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, a statement of research and teaching objectives, a statement addressing the candidate’s past and potential future contributions to promote academic diversity through the appropriate AP Recruit link below. 

     

    Applicants for the Assistant level position should arrange to have at least three referees submit their letter of recommendation directly via the AP Recruit site. Applicants for the Associate level position should provide contact information for at least four referees, which will be contacted for letters of recommendation if chosen for further review.

    For inquiries regarding the position, please contact the search committee Chair, Prof. Barry Barish (barry.barish@ucr.edu). For inquiries regarding the application process, please contact Christina Taylor (christina.taylor@ucr.edu).

    Review of applications will commence on January 1, 2023 and proceed until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicants must submit their complete applications by the above date. Advancement through the faculty 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. Minorities and members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. 

    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. 

    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.
     

    University of California COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy

    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

  • Postdoctoral Position in Experimental Precision Measurements Using Atomic Force Microscopy Techniques

    The Mohideen lab in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Riverside, invites applications for a postdoctoral position to conduct research in precision measurements of the Casimir Force using Atomic Force Microscopy based techniques. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in experimental physics. Experience with Atomic Force Microscopy, fiber optics and optical interferometry is strongly preferred.

    To apply: submit a Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae to Professor Umar Mohideen at umar.mohideen@ucr.edu.  Review of applications will commence on June 1, 2022 and proceed until position is filled.  For full consideration, applicants should submit their complete applications prior to the above date. 

    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 University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. 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.

    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.

    University of California COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy: As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy.  All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees.  (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)  Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

  • Postdoc Position in Theoretical Soft Condensed Matter and Computational Biophysics

    We invite applications for two postdoc positions in theoretical and computational soft condensed matter and biophysics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UC Riverside working with Professor Roya Zandi. As part of the Zandi group, the candidate will have the opportunity to work collaboratively on a variety of projects including elasticity theory of two-dimensional surfaces, virus assembly and formation, conformations of RNA and other polyelectrolytes in confined regions, motor-driven intracellular transport, heterogeneous active matter and fluctuation-induced (Casimir) forces in various systems.  

    One of the positions is part of a multidisciplinary, multi-campus effort connected to the 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 postdoc will work closely with Roya Zandi at UC Riverside in collaboration with Ajay Gopinathan (UC Merced) and Patrice Koehl (UC Davis). Both postdocs will also work closely with the experimentalists on three campuses to develop theory and numerical simulation for the design, analysis, and interpretation of relevant experiments. 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 positions are filled. 

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

  • Experimental Postdoctoral Position in Electron-Positron Plasmas

    The Positronium Science Group at UCR is looking for a qualified person to fill an experimental Postdoctoral Scholar position. Qualified candidates will have received a Ph.D. in plasma physics or a related field and have a demonstrated background in experimental plasma science. The Postdoctoral position involves (1) the creation of quasi-neutral electron-positron plasmas inside a cavity buried in a solid, (2) development of time-resolved diagnostics to characterize density and temperature of the evolving electron-positron plasmas. The Postdoctoral scholar will have access to a unique positron source delivering >10 million positrons per pulse in a small spot to load the buried cavity with positrons as well as copious secondary electrons created during the positron implantation and stopping process. We seek applicants with demonstrated laboratory, technical, and software expertise. Experience with microwave diagnostics is a plus but early work will concentrate on more easily characterized plasma densities with plasma frequencies <500 MHz.  The responsibilities of this position will include experimental efforts, analysis of data using advanced numerical techniques, writing and publishing results in scientific journals, and oral presentations of results. This work will be performed under the supervision of faculty in the UCR Physics and Astronomy Department who are experts in positron science and time-resolved optical probes of matter. Work will take place onsite at UCR. Hiring is contingent on having the right to work in the U.S. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a current CV, and two letters of reference to Prof. Harry Tom at Harry.Tom@UCR.edu 

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. 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.  

      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.  

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