Columbia Physics Job Opportunities

Faculty Positions

Faculty Position Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

The Department of Physics at Columbia University seeks to appoint an assistant professor in the area of experimental atomic, molecular and optical physics, quantum optics, low-energy precision measurement or a related field starting on July 1, 2018.  It is expected that the candidate will develop a vigorous independent research program, continuing the long Columbia record of forefront accomplishment in science.  Applicants must possess a doctoral degree in Physics or a related field and have demonstrated the ability to do pioneering experimental research as well as the promise of excellence in teaching and mentoring at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Candidates should submit with their application a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae (including a publication list), and brief statements of research plans and teaching philosophy.  Candidates should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent on their behalf.  Please visit our online application site for further information about this position and to submit your application.

Review of applications and scheduling of interviews will begin on December 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer, and is committed to a working and learning environment supportive of its faculty and staff in their pursuit of a productive and fulfilling professional and personal life.

Postdoctoral Positions

Simons Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical Cosmology

The Center for Theoretical Physics at Columbia University expects to have a postdoctoral position available in theoretical cosmology, nominally starting September 1, 2018. The initial appointment will be for one year, renewable up to three years contingent on continued funding and satisfactory performance. A PhD in Physics, Astrophysics, or a related area is required.

The postdoctoral fellow will be supported by funds provided by the Simons Foundation under the program entitled Cosmological Bounces & Bouncing Cosmologies ( as part of the Origins of the Universe Initiative.  The fellow will be invited to participate in all program activities. Interested candidates with a wide range of backgrounds, which might include cosmology, general relativity or high energy physics, will be considered.   

Candidates should submit with their application a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including publication list), and a brief statement of their research plans through AcademicJobsOnline. Three letters of recommendation are required and should be submitted directly through the AJO website.

Applications will begin to be reviewed on December 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information please contact Anna Ijjas at

Columbia University is an equal opportunity employer and 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. 

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