Assistant Professor Position in Space Physics, UCLA Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences

  • UCLA
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Nov 19, 2020
Full time Education

Job Description

The UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in Space Physics. AOS is seeking outstanding candidates with the potential for exceptional research and the capacity for excellence in teaching. Individuals with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

The first five years of this position will be funded through the NSF Faculty Development in Space Sciences program. Candidates with research interests in any aspect(s) of Earth-based space physics are encouraged to apply. AOS is a vibrant and collaborative department with faculty interested in atmospheric, climate, and ocean science, as well as Space Physics.  Space Physics research and education at UCLA spans several departments, including faculty in the Departments of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences and Physics & Astronomy in addition to AOS.  These departments have active research programs in solar wind, inner and outer magnetospheric physics, ionospheric physics (with connections to the neutral atmosphere), and space weather, utilizing numerical simulations, laboratory experiments, space-based and ground-based platforms. The ability of applicants to complement, and further contribute to UCLA’s long-standing strength in Space Physics will be a consideration in evaluation in addition to their commitment to enhancing the diversity of AOS faculty members, graduate student population, and majors within the field.                              

The successful applicant must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree at the time of appointment and will be expected to contribute to the teaching mission of the AOS department, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. They will also be expected to lead or develop a first rate research program in Space Physics, and are encouraged to interact with others of all levels within the UCLA Space Physics community. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The target start date is July 1, 2021.

Please submit your online application to the Search Committee for a faculty position in Space Physics at Please include: (1) curriculum vitae; (2) cover letter; (3) a statement of teaching; (4) a statement of research; (5) a statement of contribution to diversity, and (6) a list of 3-5 individuals who are familiar with your work and can serve as references.               

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Applications begin on December 7, 2020 and are due by January 15, 2021, but the position will remain open until filled. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy please follow this link: