The Department of Physics within the Division of Physical Sciences at UC San Diego (http://physics.ucsd.edu) has occasional openings for temporary non-tenure track lecturers throughout the academic year. Pending budgetary approval, one or more positions may become available during the 2018-19 academic year. Candidates must receive their Ph.D. prior to the first quarter of teaching. The most frequent need is for individuals to teach large-enrollment introductory physics courses for life-sciences majors (Physics 1A/1B/1C), engineering and science students (Physics 2A/2B/2C), and non-science majors (Physics 5, 7, 8, 9, 10,11, 12, and 13).
We are seeking applicants with a Ph.D. in Physics or related field and research experience relevant to the courses(s) they might teach. Applicants having a strong track record in teaching similar courses in some capacity are highly preferred. Appointments will most likely be part-time for one quarter, but in some cases may be extended as needed and may commence as early as September 2018. We discourage applications from individuals unwilling or unable to relocate to San Diego for a single quarter of part-time employment carrying no promise of future employment.
The Department is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. Successful candidates will be judged on scientific background and teaching accomplishments, as well as on potential for leadership in areas contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on the University of California pay scale.
The primary focus of these positions will involve teaching physics courses, with emphasis on introductory laboratory and lecture courses for non-majors. Some involvement in related activities (e.g., curriculum development, training teaching assistants) is also a possibility.
Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae detailing teaching experience including instances and approximate enrollments, a summary of recent representative teaching evaluations, a statement of contributions to diversity which should describe any teaching strategies you currently use or plan to use to foster a diverse and inclusive learning experience, and to enable all students to excel and fully participate in the learning process. Candidates may also submit an optional teaching statement. Candidates must also arrange to have three to five letters of reference that address teaching, research, and professional service posted to the above website.
UC San Diego is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity (http://diversity.ucsd.edu/).
About University of California, San Diego
Physics is a prominent, highly-ranked, and research-intensive department at UC San Diego, with 400+
employees, annual expenditures of roughly $30M, annual course enrollments greater than 16K, and
over 140K square feet of space in 8 campus buildings. Research and instructional activity occurs over
an unusually broad range of disciplinary areas, including: astrophysics & astronomy, atomic/molecular
physics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, controlled fusion & plasma physics, elementary
particle physics, nanoscience, and nonlinear dynamics.
Research activity occurs both on-campus and in multiple off-campus locations, including: U.S. National
Laboratories such as Argonne, Lawrence Livermore, and LANL (Los Alamos National Lab);
observatories throughout the world; Antarctica; and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (the European
Organization for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland. Research collaborations frequently involve other
U.S. and international universities, National Labs, research institutes such as The Scripps Research
Institute and the Salk Institute; and/or companies such as SAIC and General Atomics. Sponsored
research activities are funded by 40-50 different fu...nding agencies, including NSF, NIH, DOE, DOD,
and AFOSR, and include complex multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, and multi-PI awards.
Instruction occurs at multiple levels. With approximately 150 students, the doctoral program has a
flexible and broad-based curriculum which leads to a Ph.D. in Physics or Physics with optional
specializations in Biophysics, Computational Science or Quantitative Biology. With nearly 600 Physics
majors, the undergraduate major program is one of the most productive in the nation. Students may
obtain B.S. degrees with optional specializations in Astrophysics, Biophysics, Computational Physics,
Earth Sciences, or Materials Physics, or B.A. degrees with an optional specialization in Secondary
Education. A special 5-year contiguous program leading to a B.S./M.S. in Materials Physics is also
available. Lower division courses allow students to satisfy their general education requirements and
serve as foundational courses for students majoring in the sciences and engineering.
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) is a partner in the AIP Career Network, a collection of online job sites for scientists, engineers, and computing
professionals. Other partners include Physics Today, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), American Physical Society (APS Physics), AVS Science and Technology,
IEEE Computer Society, and the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and Sigma Pi Sigma.