Jr. Specialist - Astrophysics and Theoretical Physics, Dept. of Physics (Pooled Recruitment #1)

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Position title: Jr. Specialist

Salary range: The posted UC system-wide salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 24B for the salary range at UCSB. A reasonable estimated full-time rate for this position at 100% time is $52,600 to $56,000/ year. “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.

Percent time: Varies

Anticipated start: Various start dates

Position duration: Varies


Open date: August 21, 2023

Next review date: Friday, Sep 8, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Aug 20, 2024 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.


Junior Specialists
University of California, Santa Barbara
Physics Department
Multiple Hires - JPF02552

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a pool of qualified Junior Specialists to conduct research in all our disciplines including Astrophysics and Cosmology, Condensed Matter Theory, and High Energy Theory. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies depending on the needs of the department. Positions may range from part-time to 100% time. Positions may also be for 1 year or less than 1 year. Appointees at this level enable research as part of a team.

Please note, there are two Jr. Specialist Pooled Recruitments. If your area of specialization is astrophysics or theoretical physics (Condensed Matter Theory or High Energy Theory), then apply for Pool #1 at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02552. If your area of specialization meets the qualifications for General Physics, please apply for Pool #2 at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02566.

The position will remain open until August 20, 2024 to accommodate department needs. If you would like to continue to be considered after that time, and the pool position is advertised again, you will need to submit a new application.

Please note: The use of a temporary research titles pool does not guarantee that an open position exists at the time you are applying. See the "Next Review Date" specified in UC Recruit to learn whether the department is currently interviewing applications for an upcoming opening. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered at this time.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor's degree in Physics or closely related field, or be enrolled in a Bachelor's program at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

A Bachelor's degree is required in the following fields of Physics: Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology, Condensed Matter Theory, or High Energy Theory by the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

At least 2 years of previous research experience in Physics or closely related field.


Document requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

Provide the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of the references. References will be contacted via email or phone for those who make the short list after the interview.

Apply link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02552

Help contact: erickajames@ucsb.edu


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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


Santa Barbara, CA


Posted 8/21/23 - 8/20/24

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