Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Experimental Physics | California State University, Fullerton

Department of Physics

College of Natural Science and Mathematics

Assistant Professor

Fall 2022

The Department of Physics at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in experimental physics with appointment to begin August 2022. The position is open to any qualified experimentalist, although preference may be given to candidates in the fields of condensed matter/materials science or AMO/Photonics. The successful candidate will receive a startup package consistent with an undergraduate institution, including startup funds, research student support, and a laboratory space.

The primary responsibilities of this position will include establishing a productive on-campus laboratory research program that involves undergraduate students, while teaching a variety of courses from a standard physics curriculum. The successful candidate will also contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department, advise students, serve on committees, and participate in the broader university and disciplinary communities. All academic activity in the Physics Department (https://physics.fullerton.edu/) is centered on furthering the success of our students. The department recognizes a variety of academic activity that contributes to its three core areas: teaching, research, and service. Positive tenure and promotion decisions require demonstration of commitment and contributions in all three areas.

California State University, Fullerton is a minority-serving institution, and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications and Minimum Expectations

To be considered minimally qualified for this position, candidates must hold a PhD in Physics, or a related discipline. In addition, applicant’s materials must satisfy each of the following in the department’s core areas: 

  • Teaching: Demonstrate enthusiasm and potential for successful teaching in a variety of physics courses in a standard physics curriculum, including lower and upper division as well as graduate courses.
  • Research: Exhibit ability to establish a self-supporting, active, on-campus laboratory research program that will produce peer-reviewed publications and will heavily involve undergraduate students.
  • Service: Articulate a commitment to mentor undergraduates from a large, diverse student body and support the work of the department, college, and university via committee appointments.

Preferred or Desired Qualifications

In addition to meeting all the above minimum expectations, the successful candidate will demonstrate plans and/or potential for excellence in at least one of the department’s three areas of academic activity: teaching, research, and service. Excellent performance in any area is equally valued by the department. Evidence of ability to tie activities in one academic area to another (e.g., tie research activities to teaching) is especially valued by the department.

Evidence of potential for excellence in teaching may include (but is not limited to)

  • Prior teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • Familiarity with current, research-based physics pedagogies
  • Experience implementing innovative teaching practices

Evidence of potential for excellence in research may include (but is not limited to)

  • Postdoctoral experience, or other professional research experience, in a physics-related discipline with evidence of positive outcomes
  • Experience working with undergraduate students in a research environment
  • Strong record of research accomplishments resulting in peer-reviewed research outputs 
  • Receipt of sponsored fellowships or other external funds

Evidence of potential for excellence in service may include (but is not limited to)

  • Professional contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Record of academic mentorship or other peer mentoring
  • Professional outreach activities
  • Activity in professional societies

Application Procedure

A complete online application must be received by electronic submission to be considered. To apply, please visit http://hr.fullerton.edu/careers/Faculty.php, choose full-time faculty, search for position #500727, and provide the following required materials:

  • A cover letter
  • A complete curriculum vitae, which must include all evidence of academic activity the candidate wishes to receive consideration
  • A 1500-word description including all of the following: teaching philosophies; how you will structure your courses; specific teaching interests; and knowledge of student-centered learning approaches
  • A 1500-word description including all of the following: research plans and general goals; plans to obtain independent support for research activities; plans for the involvement of undergraduate students; specific plans for use of the provided laboratory space; and estimated start-up needs
  • A 1500-word description of plans to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, examples of which may include: experiences that have shaped your behaviors, perspectives, or actions towards others; pedagogical plans to foster an inclusive learning environment in your classroom or laboratory spaces, and any other plans to promote diversity, equity, and/or inclusion in a professional or community setting.
  • A list of three references with relevant contact information. On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. At the appropriate time in the search process, they will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back into your applicant portal

Please direct all questions about the position to: Dr. Leigh Hargreaves at [email protected] or call the Physics Department office at 657-278-3366. 

Application Deadline

To be assured full consideration, all application materials must be received by November 1, 2021.

The University and College

The CSU system is the largest and most diverse university system in the country and one of the most affordable. CSUF is a comprehensive university serving southern California, especially Orange County. CSUF is the largest four-year public university of the 23 CSU campuses. It is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution. Based on data from the U.S. Department of Education, CSUF ranks first in California and second nationally in the number of baccalaureate degrees awarded to Hispanics (Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, May 2017) and fourth to underrepresented students (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, August 2018).

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM; http://www.fullerton.edu/nsm/) is dedicated to the principle that teaching and research are intricately mixed and that undergraduate and M.S. graduate research, when properly approached, are an integral part of teaching. This fine balance between teaching and research is NSM’s greatest strength.

Additional Information

Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start-up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee waiver; access to campus childcare; and a defined benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit


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 formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self?disclose.

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