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Postdoctoral Position in Phase-Change Heat Transfer and Thermal Desalination

Recruitment Period

Open October 1st, 2019 through Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Water and Energy Technology Laboratory directed by Dr. Yanbao Ma is looking for a self-motivated, creative, enthusiastic and highly qualified postdoctoral scholar expert to work on phase-change heat transfer and thermal desalination.

Qualifications: Applicants must have obtained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or an energy-related field by the start date of the appointment. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct scientific research successfully and work independently are desirable. The successful candidate will have previous training and established track record in in experimental heat transfer, solar thermal energy, thermal desalination, absorption heat pump, boiling and condensation, and thermal energy storage. This is anticipated to be a three-year project with appointments being year-to-year based on continuation of funding and satisfactory performance.

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. Position is open until filled with a final closing date of September 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.

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 (

Please contact Prof. Yanbao Ma at for additional information.

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)