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Post-Doctoral Scholar - Experimental Fluid Mechanics

Recruitment Period

Open November 21st, 2018 through February 1st, 2019


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.

A postdoctoral position is available in experimental fluid dynamics in the School of Natural Sciences. The postdoctoral researcher will be working jointly in the research groups of Shilpa Khatri and Dustin Kleckner. The position will initially involve working on experiments dealing with rising and settling in stratified fluids using high speed 3D imaging techniques. Additionally, a successful candidate will be expected to work on developing new experiments, to be determined based on the applicant's skills and interests. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to play an important role in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

Qualifications include a PhD in Physics, Applied Math, or a related field and experience with experiments. Experience with experimental techniques in Fluid Dynamics and development of new imaging techniques and some experience with simulation methods is preferable, however this search is primarily for an experimentalist.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) a curriculum vitae and 3) two to three letters of reference which should be electronically uploaded by the letter writers (instructions will be provided by the application system). Letters of reference should be received no later than 2/1/2019.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled with a final closing date of 2/1/2019.

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 Dustin Kleckner at or Shilpa Khatri at

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 letters of reference required

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