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Post-Doctoral Scholar - Applied Math

Recruitment Period

Open October 25th, 2019 through Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The National Science Foundation has granted the UC Merced Department of Applied Mathematics a five-year award to establish the Data-Intensive Research And Computing (DIRAC) Research Training Group (RTG) focused on the theme of Computational and Data-Enabled Sciences. Four different SMaRT teams constitute this RTG: (i) Energy and the Environment, (ii) Mathematical Biology, (iii) Imaging and Sensing, and (iv) Scientific Computing.

The UC Merced Department of Applied Mathematics invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researchers for AY 2020-2021 to participate and engage with the DIRAC-RTG. This 3-year position requires the successful candidate to conduct research and teach 1 course each semester during the academic year.

Postdoctoral researchers (PRs) play a vital role in the DIRAC-RTG, and through it will launch their own careers. We anticipate that by the end of their training, Postdoctoral Researchers will have developed: (i) a well-defined, independent, and interdisciplinary research program, (ii) advanced oral and written communication skills, (iii) the ability to mentor students in research, and for those who plan on pursuing a career in academia, (iv) a professional teaching portfolio. Moreover, potential opportunities of teaching may be available if the need arises.

The minimum qualifications required for this position is a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics or a related field and having some teaching experience at the collegiate level are required at the time of application.

Preference will be given to candidates at the early stage of their careers. We are seeking exceptionally qualified candidates with expertise matching at least one of the SMaRT teams. Special attention will be paid to applicants who can collaborate with researchers in applied mathematics and other fields in natural sciences, engineering and/or social sciences at UC Merced.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a list of 3 references, 4) 3 Letters of Recommendation, 5) a statement of research interests, 6) a teaching statement, and 7) a contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement.

*The contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion statement should describe your past experience, activities and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with UC Merced’s mission to reflect the diversity of California and to meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population. Some candidates may not have substantial past activities. If that is the case, we recommend focusing on future plans in your statement. Guidance on what to include in a diversity statement may be found here.

Review of applications will begin on 1/18/2020; this search will be open until the position is filled with a final closing date of 6/30/2020.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. This is a full-time, one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal based on availability of funding, ongoing operational needs and satisfactory performance.

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 (

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 (

For more information, please contact Arnold Kim at

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

  • A list of 3 References

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required