Simons Collaboration Assistant Professor (RTPC) of Mathematics – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The Department of Mathematics in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, seeks to fill a Simons Collaboration Assistant Professor (RTPC) of Mathematics position with an anticipated start date of August 2024. This particular position has additional support from the Simons collaboration grant No. 999367, New Structures in low-dimensional topology, and will be supervised by Professor Cris Negron. This is a teaching and research-track position with a term of up to 3 years and a teaching load of 2-semester courses per year.

Competitive applicants should have experience working in one or more of the following areas: quantum topology, quantum groups, tensor categories, the mathematics of quantum field theory, conformal field theories and vertex operator algebras, and/or related topics. Candidates should demonstrate great promise in research and evidence of strong teaching. Applicants should have a doctoral degree in an appropriate field of study.

To apply, please submit the following materials: (1) Cover letter, (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) Research Statement,  (4) Teaching Statement, (5) At least four letters of reference uploaded by the letter writers, one of which must address teaching. In addition, candidates are encouraged to submit a statement of their vision regarding the teaching and mentoring of students of diverse backgrounds. 

Please submit applications electronically through MathJobs at In order to be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit an electronic USC application.   It suffices to upload recommendation letters on mathjobs. In order to be considered for this position, all candidates must apply via the “Apply” link at the top or bottom of this page.  

Review of applicants will begin on November 15, 2023, and will continue until these positions are filled.

The annual base salary range for this position is $74,000 – $85,000. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The university particularly encourages members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting

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