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Postdoctoral Scholar in Computational Materials Interfaces

Application Window

Open date: February 22nd, 2021

Last review date: Tuesday, Mar 23, 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, Aug 31, 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.

Position description

The Fundamental Tribology Lab at the University of California Merced seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Computational Materials Interfaces. The primary responsibility of this position will be to carry out molecular dynamics simulations to study surface and interface phenomena, especially using reactive potentials. 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.

Applicants must have obtained a PhD in engineering or science with expertise in molecular dynamics simulations. Previous experience with reactive potentials is preferred. 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 03/23/2021; this search will be open until the position is filled with a final closing date of 08/31/2021. 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 (

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Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)

Job location

Merced, CA