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Postdoctoral Scholar in Organic Synthesis and Polymer Chemistry

Application Window

Open August 25th, 2020 through Tuesday, Aug 24, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

A Postdoctoral Scholar position is available in the Functional Nanomaterials Lab led by Dr. Jennifer Lu. The successful candidate will perform synthesis and characterization of small molecule model systems and corresponding polymers for creating a thermal contracting polymer platform [e.g. Nature Chemistry, 2013, 5, 1035, Macromolecules, 51(4), 1377-1385, 2018]. Successful outcomes can lead to in low-energy driven actuators or switches. Research projects are highly interdisciplinary, and it would be a great opportunity for researchers who would like to broaden research skills.

Qualifications: Applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. in organic chemistry or polymer chemistry or a related field. The candidate should also have two of three technical areas: 1) Extensive research experience in organic synthesis 2) Knowledge in polymer synthesis 3) Be well versed in spectroscopic characterization techniques. Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent scientific research successfully are desirable. Strong written and verbal communication skills are also required. It is expected that the appointee stay abreast of recent developments in the field, develop research ideas and write research papers in a timely manner. Mentoring graduate students and undergraduate students who will work on relevant projects is required. It is also the appointee’s responsibility to maintain some of the lab instruments. This project is partially supported by our industrial collaborators. The appointee will be required to interact with Scientists at National laboratories and industrial sponsors.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) curriculum vitae, 2) cover letter, 3) a list of three 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 25, 2020 and will close on August 24, 2021. The position is a full-time, benefits-eligible, 12-month appointment. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.

Please contact Dr. Jennifer Lu at for additional information.

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 (

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Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Job location

Merced, CA