Columbia Physics Job Opportunities

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.

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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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Faculty Position Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

The Columbia University Department of Physics 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, 2017.  It is expected that the candidate will develop a vigorous independent research program, continuing the long Columbia record of forefront accomplishment in science. Applicants for this position 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 publication list), brief statements of their research plans and teaching philosophy and a list of references. 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 December 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

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Columbia University's Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and Department of Physics invite applications for tenure-track faculty positions to begin July 1, 2015. Appointments would be at the assistant professor level. In special cases, a senior faculty appointment may be possible. The Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute is a new comprehensive institute at Columbia for the pursuit of interdisciplinary and collaborative research in brain science.

We are particularly interested in individuals with research experience in areas of Physics that interface with neuroscience and whose work involves developing techniques, applications, and methods for neuroscience. In addition, we encourage scientists with an affinity for multidisciplinary research, and who have a demonstrated commitment to tackling the challenges of studying mind, brain, and behavior.

Individuals conducting research in the following areas are highly desirable:

- Precision instrumentation, optics, lasers, and imaging
- Modeling and analysis of large datasets
- Machine vision, automation, and precision electronics

Applicants are expected to have a strong record of achievement and to demonstrate the ability to engage in innovative and interdisciplinary research and teaching. The successful candidates will contribute equally to the intellectual vitality and teaching of the Department of Physics and the Zuckerman Mind and Brain Behavior Institute. A Ph.D. in Physics is required at the time of the appointment. For more information about the Department of Physics and the Zuckerman Institute, please visit:

For more information and to apply, please visit:

Review of applications will start November 1, 2014.

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