The Department of Physics at San Diego State University is searching for a tenure-track faculty member in theoretical nuclear physics/nuclear astrophysics, starting fall of 2018 at the level of assistant professor. The Department has strong groups in experimental optics, theoretical/ computational physics (nuclear physics, astrophysics, general relativity, and soft matter), medical physics, and experimental condensed matter. The Department offers a bachelor’s and master’s degree in physics and a Ph.D. in computational science jointly with the Claremont Graduate University, and the successful candidate will be expected to conduct and supervise research with students from all levels.

Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and be comfortable with all aspects of teaching our physics curriculum. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics or related field and postdoctoral experience. A strong record of scholarly publications is expected. The successful candidate is expected to pursue vigorously external funding to support his/her research with both undergraduate and graduate students. Information on the Department and its various programs can be found at

SDSU ( is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

Applicants should apply via Interfolio at:

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Questions should be directed to Professor Calvin Johnson at


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.