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CCBM Project Scientist- Modeling and Computation

Application Window

Open May 8th, 2020 through Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM) at UC Merced is seeking a Project Scientist who will work with CCBM researchers on projects in the broad area of computational modeling of biological systems. The candidate will collaborate with physicists, chemists, bioengineers and materials scientists to advance the center's research agenda; lend computational and modeling expertise to existing projects as well as initiate new collaborations and projects under the auspices of the center; publish their work in reputed peer-reviewed journals; provide mentoring and guidance to graduate and undergraduate fellows of the center in matters related to computational modeling; be responsible for managing the computational resources of the center including cluster administration and oversight; be responsible for facilitating the delivery of computational training modules and informal workshops as part of the center's education program; take part actively in the outreach activities of the center including summer REU programs and local public school outreach; and is expected to have grant-writing experience and actively seek extramural funding.

Qualifications for this position includes: Ph.D. in a field such as physics, chemistry, bioengineering, or a related field with thesis work related to computational modeling of biological systems; at least four years of postdoctoral experience working on computational modeling of biological systems; strong communication skills and grant-writing experience in addition to the ability to lead team-based research projects in close collaboration with faculty and researchers from multiple disciplines.

Interested applicants are required to submit: 1) a Curriculum Vitae, 2) a Cover Letter including why you are seeking this position and your relevant experience, 3) Statement of Research, and 4) a list of 3 references with contact information including mailing address, phone number, and email address.

Review of applications will begin May 26, 2020; this position will be open until the position is filled with a final closing date of 5/8/2021.

For questions, please contact Professor Ajay Gopinathan at

The Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM) at UC Merced is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program. CCBM’s vision is to be nationally and internationally recognized for cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on functional multi-scale biomolecular and cellular assemblies and to be a model for integrated research, education and outreach. Through focused efforts to encourage participation among underrepresented students from the San Joaquin Valley and beyond, CCBM will develop a pipeline for a highly qualified science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce and produce high-caliber, diverse trainees at all levels who can spur growth in California’s San Joaquin Valley. CCBM brings together more than 20 faculty members from multiple units across campus including bioengineering, physics, chemistry and chemical biology, materials science and engineering and is led by faculty Co-Directors Victor Muñoz and Ajay Gopinathan.

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 (

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - The Cover Letter should include why you are seeking this position and your relevant experience.

  • Statement of Research

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Job location

Merced, CA