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Postdoctoral Scholar in Organic Synthesis and Polymer Chemistry

Recruitment Period

Open July 19th, 2019 through Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


A Postdoctoral Scholar position is immediately available in the Functional Nanomaterials Lab led by Dr. Jennifer Lu. The successful candidate will perform synthesis and characterization of small molecule model systems and corresponding polymers for creating a thermal contracting polymer platform [e.g. Nature Chemistry, 2013, 5, 1035, Macromolecules, 51(4), 1377-1385, 2018]. Successful outcomes can lead to technological exploration in soft robotics, thermal waste harvesting and enabling the development of zero expansion electronic packaging materials.

It is expected that he/she will stay abreast of recent developments in the field, develop research ideas and write research papers in a timely manner. Mentoring graduate students and undergraduate students who will work on relevant projects is required. It is also his/her responsibility to maintain some of the lab instruments and ensure compliance with environmental, health and safety requirements. This project is partially supported by our industrial collaborators. The appointed scholars will have ample opportunities to interact with scientists at national laboratories and researchers from industrial sponsors.

Qualifications: Applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. in organic chemistry or polymer chemistry or a related field. The candidate also should have experience in the following technical areas: Extensive research experience in 1) organic synthesis, 2) Knowledge in polymer synthesis and 3) Be well versed in spectroscopic characterization techniques. Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent scientific research successfully are desirable. Strong written and verbal communication skills are also required. Some knowledge in polymer characterization such as thermal analysis can be beneficial to the project.

Applicants are required to submit 1) curriculum vitae, 2) cover letter, 3) a list of three references with contact information including phone number and e-mail address using the Recruit system.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. Review of applications will begin immediately with a final closing date of June 30, 2020. The position is a full-time, benefits-eligible, 12-month appointment. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.

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 Dr. Jennifer Lu at 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 (

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)