Postdoctoral Scholars in Theoretical Physics

The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics offers a unique environment for postdoctoral scholars in all fields of theoretical physics, broadly construed. KITP postdoctoral scholars work at the forefronts of science, benefitting from and contributing to the intellectual atmosphere of Kohn Hall.

Annually, 4-5 postdoctoral scholars are selected from an exceptionally competitive applicant pool to join a cohort of 12-15 postdoctoral scholars in residence at a given time. They have free reign to participate in the many long-term research programs held here, to collaborate with other postdoctoral scholars, faculty members and visiting scientists, and to develop their scientific careers. The opportunities for exposure to and interaction with world leading scientists far surpass those in any other postdoctoral position.

KITP's Postdoctoral Scholars Program has incubated the best and brightest young scientists for decades, fostering independence and launching the careers of many leading research scientists. The broad perspective on theoretical physics gained here encourages cross-disciplinarity and allows postdoctoral scholars to discover their own scientific passions and research agenda. KITP faculty mentors provide scientific advice, as well as guidance on papers, presentations, and most importantly, career trajectory and their subsequent job search. Postdoctoral scholars also have the opportunity to mentor KITP Graduate Fellows and engage in educational outreach activities.

KITP is committed to hosting a diverse group of scientists as postdoctoral scholars.


How to Apply

The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara expects to appoint Postdoctoral Scholars in theoretical physics, beginning September 1, 2024. For more information, and to apply, please visit Academic Jobs Online:  Apply by November 15, 2023 for primary consideration.


The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) seeks applicants for a Moore Postdoctoral Scholar position in quantum materials theory, beginning September 1, 2024. This postdoctoral program is part of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems initiative (EPiQS). For more information, and to apply, please visit Academic Jobs Online: Apply by November 1, 2023 for primary consideration.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.