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Post- Doctoral Scholar - Physics

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 21st, 2020

Next review date: Friday, Jan 22, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Feb 19, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research position at the University of California Merced. The successful applicant will work with Prof. Anna Nierenberg on topics relating to using strong gravitational lensing to measure fundamental properties of dark matter. Of particular interest are candidates who are interested in research in one or more of the following: gravitational lensing observations and analysis, AGN emission region properties, and/or statistical inference methods including Approximate Bayesian Computing. Available resources include Hubble Space Telescope, and Keck data, and access to the MERCED shared cluster and the San Diego Super Computing Center. A fraction of the successful candidates' time is expected to be devoted to independent research. The appointment is for two years. Renewal for a third year is subject to performance and availability of funds.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) 3 letters of recommendation, 4) a list of publications, 5) Statement of Research Interests, 6) an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. This is a full-time, two-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 (


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

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion. Please review the UC Merced Diversity Statement Guidelines and UC’s Commitment to Diversity

  • Publication List

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required