Dean of the Division of Mathematical & Physical Sciences - 2021

Next Dean of Mathematical & Physical Sciences in the College of Letters & Science

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The University of California, Berkeley, seeks a collaborative leader and accomplished scholar to serve as the next Dean of the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences in the College of Letters & Science.

The University of California, Berkeley pushes the boundaries of knowledge, challenges convention, and expands opportunity to create the leaders of tomorrow. UC Berkeley is one of the leading universities in the world — a center of innovation and destination for thought leaders in all areas of human achievement — where serious thought and lively conversation span each day.

The Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) is part of the College of Letters & Science (L&S), which is the largest of the university’s 14 colleges and schools and the most prestigious teaching and research unit in the UC system. MPS currently houses five academic departments: Astronomy, Earth and Planetary Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics, all of which are ranked among the best departments in the world. MPS seeks to expand its physical and mathematical understanding of the universe, from its microscopic substructure to its largest structures, from Earth to the edge of the universe and the beginning of time. The Division of Mathematical & Physical Sciences empowers scientists at all stages of their careers, from first-year students discovering the illuminating power of math to Nobel laureates shedding light on the universe and all its contents. Undergraduate majors include applied mathematics, astrophysics, earth science, geology, geophysics, mathematics, physical science, physics, and statistics. In 2020, the Division had more than 1,200 undergraduate student majors and 600 graduate students. 

The dean is the chief academic and executive officer of the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. The dean reports directly to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP), has 13 direct reports, and oversees a faculty of around 170 and a staff of 125. The dean is responsible for the management of the Division’s annual budget of approximately $130M, including sponsored funds.

The dean will engage in the following opportunities and challenges: foster strong communication and collaboration among MPS community members, leverage relationships with associated units, champion diversity equity and inclusion initiatives, generate external resources and support philanthropy, recruit and retain exceptional faculty, and support talented staff. 

The successful candidate will have an accomplished record of scholarship that merits a tenured appointment at UC Berkeley at the rank of full professor. For the full position profile, please visit:

To be considered as candidates, applicants must have an earned Ph.D. or equivalent degree at the time of application, submit a CV, preferably with a detailed letter of interest, to the search consultants below, and apply directly at: For fullest consideration, materials should be received by March 15, 2021.

Jim Sirianni, Partner
Tom Fitch, Partner
Lindsay Allison, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search  

The University of California, Berkeley, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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Dean of the Division of Mathematical & Physical Sciences - Search Advisory Committee Roster

Tsu-Jae King Liu Committee, Dean, College of Engineering (Chair)
Mina Aganagić, Professor, Mathematics and Physics
Marc Bensadoun, Member, L&S Advisory Board
Eugene Chiang, Professor, Astronomy & Earth and Planetary Science
Oscar Dubón, Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion
Steve Evans, Professor, Statistics and Mathematics
Inez Fung, Professor, Earth and Planetary Science
Maria Hjelm, Assistant Dean of Development, Mathematical & Physical Sciences
Alessandra Lanzara, Professor, Physics
Aashrita Mangu, PhD Student, Physics
Colette Patt, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Mathematical & Physical Sciences
Isha Ray, Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion, Rausser College of Natural Resources
Natalie Roe, Associate Director for Physical Sciences, Berkeley Lab