Assistant Professor of Physics
University of California Davis
United States

Assistant Professor of Physics

Job #JPF06057

Position overview

Salary range: “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, qualifications, and experience. A reasonable estimated salary range for this position is $104,000 to $122,000, inclusive of the salary scale and off-scale salary components.

Application Window

Open date: October 23, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Nov 27, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Dec 3, 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 University of California, Davis invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Physics of Complex Systems.

The position will focus on discovering physical principles and developing computational models and theoretical methods to predict the behavior and organization of a broad range of complex systems. The appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level and will be in the Department of Physics & Astronomy which will provide research space. Applications are sought from scholars who have strong and innovative research portfolios that would complement the existing research at the Complexity Sciences Center (

Complex systems is a highly interdisciplinary academic field using statistical mechanics, nonlinear dynamics, and applied mathematics to elucidate the organization and function of complex systems across a wide range of physical and applied disciplines. The ideal candidate should have a deep-rooted interest and demonstrated expertise in one or more areas such as: many-body physics, physics of information, computational physics, network science, machine learning, complex biological systems, non-equilibrium behavior, and complex earth systems.

UC Davis, located approximately one hour from the San Francisco Bay area, has a large and highly collaborative complex systems community. In addition to the interdisciplinary Complexity Sciences Center, there will be many opportunities for interactions with researchers at the Center for Quantum Mathematics and Physics, Center for Mind & Brain, the MIND Institute, and a variety of departments on the main campus.

Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) in physics and mathematical physics or related field; an active and productive research program in complex systems focusing on identifying general principles of structure and organization in stochastic nonlinear systems; a demonstrated record of teaching, or evidence of the potential to teach, undergraduate and graduate courses in physics or relevant academic departments; a record of attracting, or the potential to attract, extramural funding; and excellent potential for interactions/collaborations with existing faculty at the Complexity Sciences Center and relevant departments.

Application Process:
The position will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, completed applications should be received by 27 November 2023. Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter, contact information for four letters of recommendation (letter writers will provide their letter via the application portal), a curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, representative reprints and/or preprints, and a statement of contributions to diversity electronically at:
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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) in physics and mathematical physics or related field; demonstrated potential to develop a world-class research program in complex systems focusing on identifying general principles of structure and organization in stochastic nonlinear systems; a demonstrated record of teaching, or evidence of the potential to teach, undergraduate and graduate courses in physics; a record of attracting, or the potential to attract, extramural funding; and excellent potential for interactions/collaborations with existing faculty at the Complexity Sciences Center and relevant departments.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Representative reprint/preprint - Representative reprint/preprint that exemplifies the candidate’s achievement and potential in research.

Reference requirements
  • 4 letters of reference required

The applicant is required to provide four references with the application and must notify their references that a letter of recommendation is needed. Recruit's robust email mechanism informs letter writers when letters of recommendation are needed and thanks them for their contribution. Within Recruit, the applicant may personalize their message that is sent to the letter writer. Applicant can re-send the letter request after the initial review date and up until the recruitment’s final date. All activity will be tracked in a log within Recruit.

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Job location

Davis, CA

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