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CSULB Colloquium- Oct 23

California State University Long Beach
Monday, October 23, 2017
11:15 am in PH1-223
(Refreshments served at 10:45am in HSCl-224)
Majorana Materializes
Prof. Jason Alicea
California Institute of Technology

In 1937 Ettore Majorana introduced the concept of what are now fittingly called Majorana fermions – fermionic particles that are their own antiparticles. Nowadays an active search for condensed-matter analogues of these elusive objects is well underway, motivated by both the prospect of revealing new facets of quantum mechanics and longer-term quantum computing applications. This talk will survey recent advances in this pursuit. In particular, I will describe strategies for “engineering” Majorana platforms from simple building blocks, preliminary experimental successes, and future milestones that reveal foundational aspects of Majorana physics directly relevant for quantum computation.

Exploring Your Universe at UCLA

Exploring Your Universe is UCLA’s annual science festival, educating and inspiring over 7,000 visitors each year! Launch bottle rockets, make comets, do chemistry and physics experiments, touch brains, see fossils, and much more! Exploring Your Universe will also offer planetarium shows, science talks, and telescope viewings! is free and appropriate for all ages!
SUNDAY, November 5, 2017
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Night-time activities until 8:00 p.m.
UCLA Court of Sciences
Please join us for this family-friendly day of science exploration at UCLA. Visit the event website for a full schedule and directions. Admission is free. All ages are welcome.

Parking is available for $12 in Lot 2 and Lot 8.

Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in August 2018. We welcome applications from observers and theorists across the full range of specialties in astronomy and astrophysics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a closely related discipline by August 2018. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and the ability to teach introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in physics and astronomy. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to contribute, teach, and engage in a multicultural environment with a diverse student body. Previous teaching experience and evidence of independent scholarship is preferred.

The successful candidate will establish a research program involving undergraduate students. Astrophysical research areas of current faculty include star formation, the ISM, H II regions, massive stars, black holes, relativity, and astronomy education. The Department offers a wide range of courses in astronomy and astrophysics, including a new lab course in observational astronomy or computational astrophysics. Cal Poly Pomona is the lead institution for two programs aimed at increasing diversity in astronomy and physics, CAMPARE ( and Cal-Bridge ( The department also hosts the Milky Way Project citizen science initiative, one of the original 10 Zooniverse projects ( The department has a large, active, and diverse student body with close faculty–student interactions and a history of success in obtaining funding from NSF and other external sources.

More information can be found at or by contacting the search chair, Dr. Matt Povich (

Assistant/Associate Professor in Physics

The Department of Mathematics and Physics at Azusa Pacific University invites applications for a full-time faculty position in physics.  Applicants with the ability to teach courses in optics, astronomy, computational physics, engineering, statistics, or applied mathematics may be given special consideration.

The successful candidate will teach upper- and lower-division lecture and lab courses in physics, general education science, and possibly in related disciplines, such as engineering; conduct research involving undergraduate students; participate in mentoring and academic advising of undergraduate students; and participate in department and university affairs.

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty who are committed to diversity and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation. Candidates must align with Azusa Pacific University’s Christian identity. Faculty members are expected to sign a Statement of Faith (available at and to integrate the Christian faith in teaching and scholarship.

To apply, see detailed version of this announcement. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.

Tenure-track position in biophysics

The Department of Physics at Loyola Marymount University seeks a tenure track Assistant Professor of Physics in the field of Biophysics (experimental, theoretical, or computational), starting Fall 2018. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Physics at the time of employment.

The successful candidate will help spearhead the department’s initiative to expand its curriculum by developing an undergraduate Biophysics program, as well as enhance interdisciplinary connections within the College of Science and Engineering. In addition, he/she will be expected to develop a research program in Biophysics that can involve undergraduate student participation. The successful candidate will also teach undergraduate physics courses at all levels, as well as contribute to the University Core through first year seminars or courses for non-majors. LMU faculty are expected to contribute to service at the Department, College, and University levels.

Please submit a CV, list of publications, description of research interests, and statement of teaching philosophy, online at The applicant will also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to (subject line: “Tenure Track search”). For full consideration, completed applications should be received by December 1st 2017

Tenure Track Position

The Physics and Astronomy Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in experimental biophysics, broadly construed including biophotonics, biomaterials, and closely-related areas of material science and condensed matter physics, to begin in August 2018.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach both introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in physics, as well as engage in publishable research involving undergraduate students.  Applicants must obtain a Ph.D. in Physics, Biophysics, or a closely-related field by August 2018.  Previous college teaching experience (at least at the teaching assistant level) and the ability to establish an independent research program are required.  The successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and/or service, and be committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. The application deadline is November 27, 2017.

Further information about the position and application process can be found on the CPP department website.  In case of questions, please contact Dr. Hector Mireles, Chair, at or Ertan Salik, Search Committee Chair, at