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Post-Doctoral Scholar Applied Mathematics (2 Positions available)

Position overview

Position title: Post-Doctoral Scholar
Salary range: Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: August 1, 2022
Position duration: 2 Years with the potential to be extended to 3 years.

Application Window

Open date: September 9th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Nov 29, 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: Sunday, May 1, 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 National Science Foundation has granted the UC Merced Department of Applied Mathematics a five-year award to establish the Data-Intensive Research And Computing (DIRAC) Research Training Group (RTG) focused on the theme of Computational and Data-Enabled Sciences. Four different SMaRT teams constitute this RTG: (i) Energy and the Environment, (ii) Mathematical Biology, (iii) Imaging and Sensing, and (iv) Scientific Computing. The UC Merced Department of Applied Mathematics invites applications for two Postdoctoral Researchers for AY 2022-2023. One position is for the DIRAC-RTG SMaRT team (i) Energy and the Environment. The other position is for DIRAC-RTG SMaRT team (iv) Scientific Computing, including Data Sciences. This 3-year position requires the successful candidate to conduct research and teach 1 course each semester during the academic year. Postdoctoral researchers (PRs) play a vital role in the DIRAC-RTG, and through it will launch their own careers. We anticipate that by the end of their training, Postdoctoral Researchers will have developed: (i) a well-defined, independent, and interdisciplinary research program, (ii) advanced oral and written communication skills, (iii) the ability to mentor students in research, and for those who plan on pursuing a career in academia, (iv) a professional teaching portfolio.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is 14 days after their first date of employment.


Basic qualifications

Being a Ph.D. candidate or equivalent in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics or a related field and having some teaching experience at the collegiate level are required at the time of application. Positions are restricted to US Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Additional qualifications

A Ph.D. candidate or equivalent in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics or a related field is required by the time of hire.

Preferred qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates at the early stage of their careers. We are seeking exceptionally qualified candidates with expertise matching at least one of the SMaRT teams. Special attention will be paid to applicants who can collaborate with researchers in applied mathematics and other fields in natural sciences, engineering and/or social sciences at UC Merced.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • 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 letters of reference required
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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