San Diego State University (SDSU) is recruiting candidates to join a new center for Viral Information science. In particular, we are looking to build upon SDSU’s current strengths in the metagenomics, ecology, bioinformatics, and genetics of viruses, and in particular phages.  The goals of the Viral Information group are to study the interactions between the virosphere and the biosphere in order to build a more complete understanding of how viruses affect the communities in which they replicate and to be able to manipulate such interactions to benefit human health and the health of the environment. Successful candidates will participate in a very creative, collaborative, energetic, and productive working group interested in viruses of microbes (Bacteria, Archaea, and Protista) from the molecular to the ecosystem level. We anticipate that four scientists (Genome Engineer/Synthetic Biologist, Biomathematical Modeler, Structural Biologist, Biological Physicist) will be hired over the course of two years: two in 2014, and two in 2015. Information about all positions can be found at SDSU Employment Opportunities Website). Candidates will be recruited at the assistant or associate professor level. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience.

Biological Physicist–The Department of Physics seeks a physicist who uses optics and/or microfluidics to study reactions at the single cell or single molecule level. Desirable approaches include single cell genomics to identify virus-host systems and using microfluidics and high throughput methods to dissect unknown protein function.

A Ph.D. degree in Physics or a related field is required and postdoctoral experience is preferred. Candidates are expected to establish an externally funded research program, and previously demonstrated success in obtaining funding is a plus. The SDSU Department of Physics and the San Diego community offer a strong environment for research in Biophysics. Research facilities at SDSU include a BSL3 lab, a transgenic mouse core, a confocal and electron microscopy imaging facility, and a flow cytometry facility.

The Physics Department is comprised of 9 full time faculty in the areas of Optics, Polymer/Bio, Medical, Nuclear/Astro, and Condensed Matter Physics. Department faculty research is supported by extramural funding and philanthropy from local corporations. The Department offers a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in physics. The B.S. program currently serves about 35 students and the M.S. about 15.  The Electro-Optics program of the Physics Department at SDSU provides undergraduate and MS students with comprehensive training in experimental optics and prepares them for their independent work in the lab.Almost all students perform research in the labs of SDSU investigators. SDSU offers 21 joint doctoral programs, among others in Biology, Chemistry, Computational Science, and Engineering Science. Physics faculty members are encouraged to supervise thesis work in these programs.

Besides participating as research mentors in our degree programs, successful candidates are expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Physics department. Candidates with experience in and/or commitment to working in a multicultural environment with large numbers of students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles are desired. The College of Sciences is host to a large number of federally-funded minority training programs (described at SDSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution and is ranked 10th in the nation in conferring baccalaureate degrees to minorities.

Review of applications will begin after December 16, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit electronically (In PDF format) to

  1. A Curriculum Vitae,
  2. Statements of Research and Teaching Interest,
  3. Three Representative Publications.

Applicants must request that three letters of recommendation be sent electronically, directly to the search committee at

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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.


Departmental Assistantships

Students enrolled in the Physics graduate program are eligible to receive financial support in the form of a departmental assistantship. This can be either a Teaching or a Research Assistantship. Both are contingent upon availability.

A Teaching Assistantship consists of a specific teaching assignment for the student, involving one or more of the following:

  • Assisting in and/or teaching undergraduate physics laboratory courses.
  • Grading homework assignments and tests for undergraduate physics courses.
  • Tutoring undergraduate physics students.

Students interested in a Teaching Assistantship are required to complete and submit as soon as possible an application (Download Application: MS Word DocDownload Application: PDF ) to the Department Secretary . For more information about teaching assistantships, please contact the Physics Graduate Advisor

A Research Assistantship involves performing research under the supervision of a physics faculty. Interested students are encouraged to contact directly the appropriate individual faculty for availability.

Financial Packages: As of Fall 2008, the salary for a Teaching/Research Assistant is $15,900 for an academic year (Fall and Spring semesters). Teaching Assistants may be able to earn an additional $2,120 by obtaining a teaching assignment over the Summer, if available. Summer salaries for Research Assistants vary, depending on the group within which the research is carried out.