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Post-Doctoral Scholar - Soft Matter and Biological Physics Theory

Recruitment Period

Open November 6th, 2018 through Sunday, Jun 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced has also built the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

The biological physics and soft matter theory group at the University of California, Merced Department of Physics invites applications for two open postdoctoral positions, to begin in Summer or Fall 2019. The available positions are to work primarily with Professor Daniel Beller and with Professor Kinjal Dasbiswas, respectively, in the research areas described below. The successful candidates will join a vibrant and collaborative community of theoretical biophysics/soft matter research groups, and will have ample opportunities to also collaborate with Professors Ajay Gopinathan and Kevin Mitchell.

  1. Simulations and continuum theories of active liquid crystals, with a focus on chaotic flow fields, topological defects, pattern formation, and rheology. This position is to work primarily with Daniel Beller. The project will develop models for experimental systems of microtubule suspensions, bacterial swarms, and related phenomena in active colloids. Other interests of this PI include population dynamics and elasticity-mediated self-assembly in soft matter.

  2. Simulations and continuum theories of biological active matter, including cell and tissue mechanics, complex and adaptive matter of biological origin such as cytoskeletal and extra-cellular proteins, and mechano-chemical modeling of experiments in biophysics and cell biology. This position is to work primarily with Kinjal Dasbiswas. Other interests of this PI include liquid crystals, charged soft matter and topological mechanics.

Qualifications include a PhD, completed or imminent, either in any area of physics or in a closely related discipline pertaining to biological and soft matter systems, by the start date of the position. Experience with computational modeling is preferred.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) a curriculum vitae and 3) a list of 3 references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address submitted through AP Recruit during the application process.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled with a final closing date of June 30, 2019.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. This is a full-time, one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal based on availability of funding, ongoing operational needs and satisfactory performance.

The University of California, Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples.

For more information, please contact Kinjal Dasbiswas at or Daniel Beller at

Job location

Merced, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
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