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Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics Permanent Member

Position overview

Position title: Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) Permanent Member
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: July 1, 2022

Application Window

Open date: September 28th, 2021

Next review date: Wednesday, Dec 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 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.

Position description

The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks applications for a Permanent Member with a start date as soon as July 1, 2022. The KITP contributes to all areas of theoretical physics through its programs, conferences, and the research of the permanent members, postdoctoral scholars and graduate fellows. The finalist recommended for hire will be offered a joint appointment as a member of the KITP, and as a tenured ladder faculty member of the University of California, Santa Barbara's Physics Department. All fields of theoretical physics are being considered.
Duties of a Permanent Member are to carry out research, provide scientific leadership for the Institute, and mentor KITP’s early-career scientists. They will have minimal teaching duties with the Physics Department while a working member of the Institute.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. in Physics or closely allied field is required at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications

Preferred applicants will be in a faculty (or research equivalent) position at the time of application and have a demonstrated record of outstanding research in theoretical physics; highly active current and near-term research program; demonstrated ability to mentor early career scientists; record of teaching, and a demonstrated commitment to intellectual leadership within the discipline.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Research Statement - Statement addressing current research and near-term new directions that you envision. (not to exceed 3 pages)

  • KITP Statement - Statement addressing the candidate's vision for engaging with KITP's mission (not to exceed two pages)

  • Diversity Statement - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. (not to exceed two pages)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

At the time shortlisted candidates accept an invitation for interview, the department will request letters through UCRecruit from references listed on the shortlisted candidate's application.

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Campus Information

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 SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA