Faculty Position in Theoretical and Computational Plasma Physics


Open date: August 13th, 2019

Next review date: Sunday, Nov 3, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


University of California, Los Angeles
Faculty Position in Theoretical and Computational Plasma Physics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in theoretical/computational plasma physics, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020. Exceptionally qualified applicants for associate and full professor positions may also be considered. The Department is seeking outstanding candidates with the potential for exceptional research, the capacity for excellence in teaching, and a clear commitment to enhancing the diversity of the department. Individuals with a history of and commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree is required. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

The UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy has active research programs in theoretical, computational, and experimental plasma physics which include particle-in-cell simulation, turbulence and transport in magnetized plasmas, the nonlinear optics of plasmas, intense laser and beam plasma interactions, plasma-based acceleration, magnetic reconnection, inertial and magnetic confinement fusion energy, high-energy density plasmas, and space plasmas. Outstanding candidates are sought with expertise in theory and simulation, and the potential for exceptional research in frontier areas of plasma physics and for excellence in teaching. 

Candidates should apply online via the UCLA Academic Recruit website:  https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF04833. Candidates should please submit: a cover letter; a curriculum vita; a statement of research accomplishments, interests and plans; a list of publications; a statement of teaching experience or interest; and a statement on the candidate's past, present, or planned contribution to equity, diversity and inclusion. More information on requirements for the latter can be found at the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion statement FAQ page, https://ucla.app.box.com/v/edi-statement-faqs. In addition, candidates should arrange to have 3-5 letters of recommendation submitted through the UCLA Academic Recruit website. For more information contact Laurie Ultan-Thomas, Administrative Analyst, at chair@physics.ucla.edu, or 310-825-3440, or 475 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1547. 

For full consideration, applications should be received by December 15, 2019. However, applications will be accepted until the search is closed. Please refer to tracking number #JPF04833 in all correspondence.

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, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy at http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.


Los Angeles, California


More information about this recruitment: http://www.pa.ucla.edu/content/physics-astronomy-open-positions


Document requirements

  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. 

  • Statement of Research Accomplishments, Interests, and Plans

  • List of Publications

  • Statement of Teaching Experience or Interest

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document. 

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 letters of reference required