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Faculty position in Physics and Astrophysics

Position overview

Position title: Faculty position in Physics and Astrophysics

Application Window

Open date: November 15, 2022

Most recent review date: Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 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.

Position description

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA invites applications for a full time faculty position at the assistant, associate, or full professor level, in the area of Astrophysical Instrumentation. The department is particularly interested in applicants who will capitalize on the resources and extensive infrastructure of the UCLA Infrared Laboratory (, a unit of the University of California Observatories (UCO). During the past three decades, the lab has built and conducted research with several unique instruments for the world’s largest telescopes. Current instrumentation projects include high-resolution fiber-fed spectrometers, imagers, and integral-field spectrometers for both W. M. Keck Observatory (WMKO; and the future Thirty Meter Telescope ( The successful candidate is expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program and, through UC’s Time Allocation processes, will have the opportunity to apply for observing time at WMKO and Lick Observatory ( The following website provides more general information about the UCLA Division of Astronomy & Astrophysics ( In addition to demonstrating the potential for exceptional research, applicants must have the capacity for excellence in teaching (at both the undergraduate and graduate levels), and a clear commitment to enhancing the diversity of the department.
The anticipated start date is July 1, 2023 and salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

The posted UC salary scales {} set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Table 1 Faculty-Ladder Ranks-Professor AY ( {}. The salary range for this position is $70,900-$188,400. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. See campus compensation page for additional information.

For full consideration, applications should be received by January 6, 2023, at which time the review of applications will commence. However, applications will be accepted until the search is closed. Applicants should apply online via the UCLA Academic Recruit website and must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vita, publication list, a minimum of 3 letters of recommendations (and no more than 5), statement of research accomplishments and description of future research plans, statement of teaching experience and interest, statement of contributions and commitment to diversity, as well as the reference check authorization release form.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, bullying and other demeaning behavior, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UCLA conducts targeted employment reference checks for finalists to whom departments or other hiring units would like to extend formal offers of appointment into Academic Senate faculty positions. The targeted employment reference checks involve contacting the finalists’ current and prior places of employment to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UCLA requires all applicants for Academic Senate faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If the applicant does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Academic Senate faculty positions will be subject to targeted employment reference checks.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or equivalent degree

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

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

  • List of publications

  • Statement of Research - Statement of Research Accomplishments and Description of Future Research Plans

  • Statement of Teaching

  • 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 EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Reference check authorization release form - Complete and upload the reference check authorization release form

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applicants will be asked to name references, and the applicant must request letters to complete their application.

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Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA