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Post- Doctoral Scholar - Chemistry & Chemical Biology

Position overview

Position title: Post- Doctoral Scholar - Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Salary range: Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: August 1, 2021
Position duration: 1 year

Application Window

Open date: May 20th, 2021

Last review date: Thursday, Jul 1, 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: Friday, Aug 20, 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

A postdoctoral researcher position in the area of biophysical chemistry or biomaterials is available in the group of Prof. Tao Ye at UC Merced. The successful candidate will use and develop single molecule biophysical techniques to study how DNA nanostructures self-assemble at solid-interfaces. Moreover, the candidate will extend a novel approach that encodes information onto a solid surface to steer the 2D self-assembly of multiscale DNA structures. The project also involves close collaboration with researchers at Duke University and Emory University, who have expertise in DNA nanotechnology and multiscale modeling. The postdoctoral researcher will develop and implement research ideas, communicate and coordinate with collaborators, write manuscripts, present results at conferences/workshops, and help mentor graduate students. The initial appointment period is one year, with the opportunity for renewal upon satisfactory performance.


Basic qualifications

    Applicants should have a recent Ph.D. in physical/biophysical chemistry, biophysics, biomaterials, or related fields.

Additional qualifications

    The successful candidate should have training in one or more of the following areas: 1) in situ scanning probe microscopy, 2) biointerfaces, 3) fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy, 4) biochemical manipulation of nucleic acids.

Preferred qualifications

    The candidate is expected to have good writing skills and the ability to communicate with coworkers and collaborators effectively.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • 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

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Campus 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 (

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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Job location

Merced, CA