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Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Phase-Change Heat Transfer (Multiple Hire Recruitment)

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Salary range: See Table 23 for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $55,632 - $66,600.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: As soon as possible
Position duration: October 1, 2022 - September 30, 2023

Application Window

Open date: July 13, 2022

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Mar 15, 2023 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, May 30, 2023 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 is looking for a qualified postdoctoral researcher that is self-motivated, creative and enthusiastic to work on thermal desalination and phase change heat transfer. The duties of the postdoc will include i) studying heat and mass transport in thermal desalination processes; ii) writing papers describing the results of the evaluations and investigations, and iii) assisting with the oversight of graduate and undergraduate assistants working on these projects. This may be a multiple hire recruitment.

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. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


Basic qualifications

Applicants will have a PhD degree in mechanical or related field. Applicants must have background in fluid mechanics and thermal science. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required.

Additional qualifications

Preference will be given to those applicants with strong backgrounds in phase-change heat transfer, and experimental heat transfer.

Preferred qualifications

Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent scientific research successfully are desirable.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Merced, CA