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Postdoctoral Positions in Phase-Change Heat Transfer and Thermal Desalination

Application Window

Open date: January 26th, 2021

Last review date: Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022 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.

Position description

The Water and Energy Technology Laboratory directed by Dr. Yanbao Ma is looking for two self-motivated, creative, enthusiastic and highly qualified postdoctoral scholars to work on phase-change heat transfer and thermal desalination.

Qualifications: Applicants must have obtained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or an energy-related field by the start date of the appointments. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct scientific research successfully and work independently are desirable. The successful candidates will have previous training and established track record in in experimental heat transfer, solar thermal energy, thermal desalination, absorption heat pump, boiling and condensation, and thermal energy storage. These are full-time, one-year appointments with the possibility of renewal based on availability of funding, ongoing operational needs and satisfactory performance.

Interested applicants are required to submit: 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae and 3) a list of three references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address; this will be submitted through the AP Recruit system during the application process.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. Review of applications will begin immediately. The positions are open until filled with a final closing date of January 25, 2022. Starting dates are negotiable.

Please contact Prof. Yanbao Ma 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