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Division of Engineering and Applied Science

Faculty Position in Materials Science

Close Date:
Open until filled.


The California Institute of Technology invites applications for a Materials Science tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the department of Applied Physics and Materials Science of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science. Caltech’s Applied Physics and Materials Science department is a unique environment where innovative, interdisciplinary, and foundational research is conducted in a collegial atmosphere. Materials science research at Caltech focuses on the application of scientific and engineering principles to understanding synthesis-structure-properties relationships in materials, including a diverse array of applications.

Candidates in all areas of materials science or related fields are invited to apply, including (but not limited to) those with a primary research focus on discovery, synthesis and processing of materials. Candidates are expected to make strong commitments to excellence in research, teaching and mentoring. Initial appointments will be made at the assistant professor level for four years and are contingent upon completion of the Ph.D. degree. Questions about the application process may be directed to matsci-search@caltech.edu.

Please submit an online application and include a brief cover letter; curriculum vitae; relevant publications, a description of proposed research, and a statement of teaching interests. Also required are three letters of recommendation, and instructions will be given for submission of letters of reference when you apply online.

Position will remain open until filled, however, applications completed by November 15th, 2018 will be assured of receiving full consideration.

Instructions for Applicants

  1. Create an account.
  2. Fill out the application form.
  3. After you submit your application, send the link that is provided to your three references and have them upload their letters of recommendation.
  4. Upload the following documents (as individual files or in one combined pdf):
    • a brief cover letter;
    • curriculum vitae;
    • relevant publications;
    • a description of proposed research;
    • and a statement of teaching interests.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. Click here to read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).

Caltech is committed to working with and providing access and reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical or mental disabilities. To request disability accommodations for any part of the interview or hiring process, please contact 626-395-8124 for assistance or contact  matsci-search@caltech.edu.