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Assistant Professor, Physics (Systems Engineering/Open Physics field)

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Dominguez Hills
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Natural Sciences, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics and Systems Engineering

College of Natural & Behavioral Sciences 

Position Description

The Department of  Physics at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications for a Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Academic Year) with the appointment starting in Fall 2023.

At CSUDH, we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms that include every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, veterans, people with varied abilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. CSUDH is seeking applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the University’s mission, vision, and core values.

For more information: Mission, Vision, and Core Values.

Department of Physics

The College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences is one of six main instructional academic units of the university. The Physics Department, an academic unit within the College, offers its students the opportunity to participate in frontier research at major laboratories while simultaneously providing a solid background in both the theoretical and experimental aspects of our field.

The Department of Physics offers a bachelor of science degree with three major foci: General Physics, which provides access to advanced theoretical and technical careers; Physical Science, which is tailored to meet education standards and satisfy waiver requirements for a single-subject teaching credential; and Electrical Engineering, designed in cooperation with the CSU Long Beach Department of Electrical Engineering to prepare students for broader STEM career opportunities as well as provide training in order to provide seamless transition to graduate work in Electrical Engineering upon graduation from CSUDH.

The Department offers a Master of Science in Systems Engineering (MSSE) that trains students in the application of the concepts, knowledge, principles, methodologies, tools and techniques that facilitate the successful realization of complex systems.

All members of the full-time faculty hold doctorate degrees, are dedicated to excellence in teaching, and are active in research and other scholarly activities. Another attractive feature of the Department is its small class size, allowing students to interact frequently and effectively with instructors within and outside of class.

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The Position

The Department of Physics seeks a candidate at the Assistant Professor level. The desired candidate will support the growth of the new Master’s in Systems Engineering program as well as the physics undergraduate program.


The successful candidate will be expected to teach currently developed courses and/or develop new courses that support the goals of the MSSE as well as the objectives of the physics department, develop a nationally recognized, externally funded research program, advise graduate and undergraduate students; contribute to university and professional service; foster interdisciplinary collaborations; and engage in college and university diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Please note that CSUDH is a teaching institution and each faculty member is expected to teach a full load of about four courses per semester (reduced to three courses per semester for the first two years); faculty often have opportunities for course release through university programs and/or external funding. The appointment will be effective for the fall semester of the 2022-2023 academic year, beginning in August 2022.

The successful candidate will possess current knowledge, practical experience and/or teaching experience in a subset of the following topics:

  • Foundations of Systems Engineering
  • Data Science/Data Analytics
  • Systems Thinking
  • Decision Analysis
  • Systems Requirements Engineering
  • Systems Architecting
  • Healthcare Systems Engineering
  • Model Based Systems Engineering
  • Systems Engineering Competencies and Processes
  • Simulation-Based Engineering of Complex Systems
  • Systems Engineering: Tools & Methods
  • Systems Design and Integration
  • Systems Validation and Verification


Required Qualifications

  • Experience in teaching and working with colleagues from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds
  • A Ph.D. degree in Engineering, Physics, or closely related discipline at the time of appointment.
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching excellence
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to scholarly research
  • Experience beyond Ph.D. either as a postdoc, visiting faculty, or in industry, at the time of appointment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional experience in Systems Engineering
  • Relevant industry experience
  • Systems Engineering Professional Certifications
  • Professional Engineering Certifications or Licenses

Employment Requirement – Background Check

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy

The California State University (CSU) is committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities we serve, as well as maintaining higher education access and attainment for our students, as such, we embrace a comprehensive strategy designed to reduce the likelihood of transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption if eligible.  Any candidate advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement.

The system-wide policy can be found at: CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy may be sent to

Additional Information

The Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary range is $5,405 to $11,994 per month (12 monthly payments per academic year); salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and current CSUDH faculty salaries in the academic department/discipline. Faculty salaries are subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit:

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

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The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin in January 2023. For full consideration, please submit your completed application with the required materials no later than January 18, 2023.

  • Current Curriculum Vitae with contact information
  • Cover letter including your rationale for applying to this specific position
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion*
  • List of 3 references with contact information**
  • Unofficial transcripts (an official transcript will be required for the finalist)***
  • A Statement on Teaching
  • A Statement on Research
  • Sample Publications or Evidence of Creative/Scholarly Activity
  • Teaching Evaluations (if available)

*Given CSUDH’s commitment to diversity and inclusion for all students, faculty, staff, and administrators, describe your individual commitment and experiences in advancing diversity and inclusion and how they relate to your future teaching and research.

**This position requires three letters of recommendation (LORs). Please do not upload your LORs with your application. Your list of references will be notified at the appropriate time during the search process. They will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the LOR. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUDH by logging back into your applicant portal.

***For finalists with International transcripts, a United States Equivalency certification will be required. 

A United States (US) Equivalency certification is required for earned/awarded/conferred foreign terminal degrees, which is from a foreign Academic Institution for foreign studies. The US Equivalency certification is used to validate foreign studies from an academic credential evaluation agency and is evaluated on foreign studies and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. The certification must translate the information in English, and confirm that your highest terminal degree is US Equivalent to a US terminal degree (i.e., Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate’s, Doctor’s of Philosophy). The certification can be emailed to or mailed directly to the office of Faculty Affairs and Development, 1000 East Victoria Street, WH-368, Carson, CA 90747.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Dr. John Price

Search Committee Chair

CSU, Dominguez Hills

1000 East Victoria Street, (NSM D-229)

Carson, CA  90747

Closing Statement

CSUDH is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

For more information: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources’ Office (310) 243-3771.

Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at Campus Security Report (Clery), or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3639.

Upon appointment, all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

The California State University is Smoke and Tobacco Free.  Smoking, Vaping and other Tobacco use are Not Permitted anywhere on University property.  Education Code 42356, CCR Title 5, Article 9.

For more information see: Smoke & Tobacco-Free

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