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Postdoctoral Scholar in Computational Materials and Mechanics

Recruitment Period

Open June 1st, 2020 through Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Martini Research Group at the University of California Merced seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in computational materials and mechanics. The primary responsibility of this position will be to carry out atomistic simulations, mostly using empirical model-based simulation tools, to study the mechanical properties of metallic nanoparticles. Simulation work will be complemented by analysis of results in the context of the latest theories describing the response of nanomaterials to strain as well as experimental measurements obtained by collaborators. The Postdoctoral Scholar will also be expected to mentor graduate students in the group, write and submit manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals and present research at professional conferences.

Qualifications: Applicants must have obtained a PhD in engineering or science with expertise in computational materials and/or mechanics. Applicants should have significant experience with atomistic modeling tools of nanomaterials, particularly with empirical model-based simulations. Previous experience applying such simulation tools to study the mechanical behavior of metallic nanoparticles is preferred but not required. Strong written and verbal communication skills are also required.

Interested candidates should submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) a list of two references with contact information including affiliation, phone number and email address submitted through AP Recruit.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scale. This is a full-time, one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal based on availability of funding, ongoing operational needs and satisfactory performance. Review of applications will begin on 7/1/2020; this search will be open until the position is filled with a final closing date of 12/31/2020. The start date is negotiable.

Please contact Dr. Ashlie Martini at with any questions.

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 (

Job location

Merced, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

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

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)