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Part-time Project Scientist in Biotribocorrosion

Recruitment Period

Open August 27th, 2019 through Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Mechano3biology Lab at UC Merced directed by Dr. Roberto Andresen Eguiluz, is looking for a self-motivated and qualified Project Scientist in Biotribocorrosion. The candidate is expected to use his/her professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions to our lab.

The main goals of this position include developing and implementing experimental and modeling approaches aimed at quantifying impacts of tribology and corrosion to wear and degradation of biomaterials in response to biological environments, collaborating with a team of materials engineers and scientists. The candidate is also expected to engage in all aspects of study design and execution, including data acquisition; statistical analysis, modeling and interpretation of results; programming and software development; preparation of manuscripts, report, and proposal; and presentation of findings at conferences and outreach events. Other responsibilities extend to the training of students and staff in the scientific method and specific experimental techniques; preparation of proposals for scientific research funding; and communication and engagement with collaborators globally.

Qualifications: Applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. degree in Physics, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, or a related field relevant to interfacial science and soft condensed matter physics by the start date of the appointment. Experience with force spectroscopy techniques (e.g. SFA, AFM, JKR apparatus), surface characterization techniques (e.g. XPS, FTIR, SEM) and Team Science is required. Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct scientific research with strong written and verbal communication skills are encouraged to apply. Evidence of experience in programming (e.g. Python, Matlab, R, C#) is desired. Postdoctoral experience is preferred.

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 September 16th, 2019 with a final closing date of October 16th, 2019. This is a 50%-60% time appointment, with the possibility of extension based on availability of funding, ongoing operational needs and satisfactory performance.

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. Roberto Andresen Eguiluz 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)