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Tenure Track Faculty - Physics

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A LIST OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO APPLY TO THIS POSTING CAN BE FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POSTING UNDER “Documents Needed to Apply”. - Unofficial copies of transcripts should include all college work (Note: Official copies will be required of those invited for an interview).” Questions about the process may be directed to William DeGraffenreid, Department Chair, at

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Tenure Track Faculty - Physics
Job Code 2360-Tenure Track faculty
Full/Part Time Full Time
Regular/Temporary Regular
Tenure Information Tenure Track
Rank Assistant Professor
Salary Salary is dependent upon qualifications and professional experience
Department Physics & Astronomy
Hiring Department Summary

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is a high-quality, baccalaureate program which has grown significantly over the past decade. With approximately 100 majors in our four degree programs and more in our minors and certificate programs, we are one of the largest baccalaureate physics programs in the country. With a healthy distribution of senior and junior faculty members (five tenure track hires in the past four years) we provide our students with experiences in a wide range of areas: high energy physics, astrophysics, low temperature physics, biophysics, condensed matter theory, computational physics, optics, AMO physics, and physics education research. The Department is committed to supporting faculty-student research through a number of unique programs made available by the generosity of donors to the Department. Our Department has a long history of faculty being recognized by our campus having won numerous awards for teaching, scholarly activity, and service. Recent graduates have pursued advanced studies at many institutions including UC Berkeley, Harvard, UC Davis, Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, and Florida. Others have found careers in teaching or industry (including Intel, Google, Pixar Animation Studios, Apple, and the State of California). Across the board, our graduates are known for their hands-on and real-life problem solving skills.

Essential Duties

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is seeking an experimental physicist whose research complements that of the current faculty members in a high quality baccalaureate program that values student research. Duties for the successful applicant will:
– Teach introductory and upper-division physics lecture and laboratory courses.
– Serve as an academic advisor for physics majors.
– Involve undergraduate students in research projects.
– Develop departmental facilities and programs in physics.
– Pursue scholarly activity including seeking external funding.
– Perform service to the Institution (committee assignments, program development, etc.) as well as service to the Community.

Required Qualifications

- Ph.D. in physics or closely related field required. ABD applicants considered. If ABD, applicant must complete degree by August 2018.
– Graduate coursework and research experience in experimental physics.
– A strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate level (i.e. major level, service, and general education) is required.
– Candidate must demonstrate that they can successfully develop an independent research program at Sacramento State.
– Candidate must demonstrate the ability to mentor undergraduate student research projects.
– Candidate must demonstrate a commitment and ability to work with a diverse student body.

Preferred Qualifications

- Prior teaching experience at the undergraduate level is highly desirable.
– Potential to contribute toward the development of new upper-division laboratory experiments.
– A desire to contribute to the development of upper-division general education coursework.
– Willingness to work with colleagues to assess and implement strategies to foster student success in introductory courses.
– Ability to utilize technology or other innovative strategies to improve access to high demand courses.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F0043P
Anticipated Start Date August 2018
Initial Application Review 12/11/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants


- Unofficial copies of transcripts should include all college work (Note: Official copies will be required of those invited for an interview).”

Questions about the process may be directed to William DeGraffenreid, Department Chair, at

Eligibility Verification

Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

Campus Diversity Statement

Sacramento is one of the most diverse and integrated major cities in the country, and Sacramento State is committed to providing a quality education for all of our region’s students. Our campus community represents the broad diversity of our state, and we believe that all are enriched and unified by this diversity. Sacramento State is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their teaching, research, and service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

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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 the California State University Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Will you have a Ph.D. in hand by the date of appointment or an advanced ABD by the date of the appointment?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • CSU Careers Website
    • CalJobs Website
    • Agency Referral
    • Advertisement/Publication
    • Current eReferral
    • Website
    • HERC Website
    • Newspaper ad
  3. * Are you currently a LECTURER at this or any other California State University?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Statement of Scholarly Interests
  5. Unofficial Transcripts
Optional Documents