Job and Fellowship Opportunities


Faculty Position in Theoretical Physics/Theoretical Astrophysics

The Department of Physics at Stanford University is seeking applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in all areas of theoretical physics or theoretical astrophysics, broadly construed. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, theoretical astrophysics, condensed matter physics, cosmology, high energy physics, particle physics, quantum field theory, quantum gravity, quantum information, and the interface between physics and other fields such as computer science and mathematics.

Applicants should exhibit the potential to build a world-leading independent research program. They should possess good communication skills and a commitment to teaching and mentoring. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related field and will be expected to teach courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The term of appointment is expected to begin on or around September 1, 2024.

Candidates should apply through (Stanford Faculty Positions - Assistant Professor in Theoretical Physics / Theoretical Astrophysics) and submit:

  •  a cover letter
  • curriculum vitae (including a complete publication list); candidates should indicate with bold or asterisk their most impactful three to five publications
  •  a combined research and teaching/mentoring statement (no more than three single-spaced pages)
  • a brief (no more than 300 words) summary of their expected research program
  • the contact information for at least three and no more than five letters of recommendation

The salary range for this position is $130K – $145K for academic year 2023–24.

Stanford University has provided a pay range representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for the position. The pay offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors including (but not limited to) the experience and qualifications of the selected candidate including years since terminal degree, training, and field or discipline; departmental budget availability; internal equity; and external market pay for comparable jobs.

For full consideration, materials must be received by November 1, 2023. Late applications may be considered at the discretion of the search committee.

Application inquiries should be directed to Eldridge Thomas at ethomas1 [at] (ethomas1[at]stanford[dot]edu).

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and 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, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

We value faculty who will help foster an inclusive academic environment for colleagues, students, and staff with a wide range of backgrounds, identities, and outlooks. We encourage applications from candidates that identify with groups that are historically underrepresented in Physics.

Teaching Assistant Positions

The Physics Department believes that teaching is an important part of a graduate-level education in Physics. Consequently, three-quarters of teaching are a requirement for the Ph.D. in physics. Teaching duties vary from course to course but can include leading discussion sections, laboratory sections, meeting with students informally through office hours, and grading homework and exams. A TA application form must be completed before any quarter in which a student wishes to teach.  The Teaching Assistant page has a description of the positions and a link to the TA Application.