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Postdoctoral Scholar in Nanoscale Heat Transfer Working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab

Recruitment Period

Open July 12th, 2019 through Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


We are looking for a creative, enthusiastic, self-motivated, and qualified postdoctoral researcher to work on modeling, simulation and experiment of nanoscale heat transfer. The Postdoctoral Scholar will be co-advised by Dr. Yanbao Ma from UC Merced, Dr. Chris Dames from UC Berkeley, and Dr. Jeffrey Urban from Lawrence Berkeley Lab. The work location will at Lawrence Berkeley Lab. This collaborative position will be supported through UC Merced, with the primary work location being UC Berkley and Lawrence Berkeley Lab. This is a full-time appointment with the expectation that the Postdoctoral Scholar will be present to work on research related efforts. Upon offer/hire, the successful Postdoctoral Scholar may submit a request for an appropriate work schedule that will be reviewed and approved based on the needs of the lab and current projects.

This duties of this position will include but are not limited to:
o Nanothermometry design, fabrication, and experiments;
o Quantitative analysis of experimental results;
o Maintain organized records and accessible data, prepare manuscripts, reports, and presentations;
o Mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in their research;
o Participation in collaborative efforts as a member of a diverse research team.

Qualifications: Applicants must have obtained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a related area prior to starting the position. The ability to work independently and exercise good scientific judgment as well as strong communication, organizational, and data management skills are also required. Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent scientific research successfully are desirable. Experience with mathematical modeling and simulation of thermal analysis is desired. Preference will be given to those applicants with strong backgrounds in one or more of the following areas: nanoscale heat conduction, nanothermometry, non-Fourier heat transfer, nanoscale energy transport and applied physics.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae and 3) a list of three references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address; this will be submitted through the Recruit system.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until filled with a final closing date of June 30, 2020. Starting dates are negotiable.

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

Please contact Prof. Yanbao Ma ( ), or Prof. Chris Dames ( ), or Dr. Jeffrey Urban ( for additional information.

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With more than 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced is strongly committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching as well as to diversity, equity and inclusion. Ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is well equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California and nationwide. The campus has 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 surrounding area. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)