The Department has strong efforts in the areas of optics, condensed matter, theoretical/ computational physics (nuclear physics, astrophysics, general relativity, and soft matter), and medical physics. Overlapping interests with any of these research areas are welcome. The Department offers a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics and a Ph.D. in computational science jointly with the University of California, Irvine.

Applicants should apply via Interfolio at:

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. 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. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics or related field and postdoctoral experience.

Candidates should submit (a) a cover letter, (b) curriculum vitae, (c) research plans, (d) a detailed description of anticipated startup requirements, (e) a brief description of teaching interests, (f) copies of up to five relevant publications, (g) the required diversity statement described above, and (h) arrange to have three (3) letters of recommendation submitted via Interfolio. 

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.  Questions should be directed

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy three or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Please indicate in a separate diversity statement how you meet at least three (3) of these criteria.  As examples, mentoring students from underrepresented populations, involvement with campus committees that advance underrepresented populations, reflections on how one’s own experience as a member of an underrepresented community has impacted one’s teaching or research, use of inclusive pedagogical methods as described in the teaching statement, and application of ideas learned in relevant professional learning workshops are possible ways to satisfy some of these criteria.

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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.

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.

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.