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Postdoctoral Position in Computational Studies of Science and Innovation

Recruitment Period

Open August 19th, 2019 through Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


Dr. Alexander Petersen is looking for a self-motivated and qualified post-doctoral researcher to work full-time on a computationally intensive project involving the analysis of large-scale data on scientific research output. The candidate is expected to use his/her professional expertise in computational methods to make scientific and scholarly contributions in direct collaboration with Prof. Petersen.

The main goals of this position include: data acquisition of large publication data sets (collecting, cleaning and parsing); development and implementation of advanced computational methods (GPU computing, statistical analysis, modeling and interpretation of results; programming and software development); collaboration with Dr. Petersen and other lab/team members related to the project in the preparation of manuscripts, reports, and funding proposals related to the project; presentation of findings at conferences and other outreach events; occasional training of students and staff in the computational methods.

Qualifications: Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct scientific research with strong written and verbal communication skills are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have obtained a Doctoral degree in a computationally intensive field, such as but not limited to, computer science, computer engineering, or information science by the start date of the appointment. Experience in developing computer programs, data parsing (using e.g., Python, Mathematica, R) and effective data visualization, optimization, econometrics, and team science is also required.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) curriculum vitae, 2) cover letter, and 3) a list of two references with contact information including 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 on August 12, 2019 with a final closing date of September 12, 2019.

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Please contact Dr. Alexander Petersen at for additional information.

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. 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
  • 2 required (contact information only)