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Assistant or Associate Professor of Theoretical High Energy Physics

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Faculty Los Angeles, California

The Department of Physics & Astronomy ( at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California is hiring a tenure-track/tenured professor (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor) in Theoretical High Energy Physics with an anticipated start date of Fall, 2023. Applicants should have a doctoral degree in physics or a related field. While we seek outstanding candidates whose scholarship is centered in theoretical high energy physics, with interests and techniques that overlap with those of the members of the USC group, such as string theory, formal quantum field theory and quantum gravity, we are also interested in possible synergies with other USC research efforts, including Astrophysics, Condensed Matter, and Quantum Information. 

The position is expected to be at a junior or intermediate level.

In order to be considered for this position, all candidates must apply via the "Apply" link at the top or bottom of this page. Applications should include:

  • A curriculum vitae

  • A cover letter describing research interests related to the position

  • A statement of current research activities and future projects

  • A statement describing the candidate’s approach to teaching

  • A statement detailing the candidate’s current and future contributions to building a culture of diversity and equity in physics and astronomy

  • The names of three individuals who will be contacted by USC for a letter of reference.

The search committee will start reviewing applications after Tuesday, November 15, 2022 until the position is filled.

The annual base salary range for this position is $85,000 - $118,150. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The university particularly encourages members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting

REQ20124549 Posted Date: 12/20/2022

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