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Postdoctoral Scholar - Non-diffusive heat transfer in micro/nanomaterials and their interfaces

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 $60,000 - $ 71,952.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: November 1, 2022
Position duration: November 1, 2022 - October 31, 2023

Application Window

Open date: September 22, 2022

Most recent review date: Sunday, Jan 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: Wednesday, Aug 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

We are looking for a qualified postdoctoral researcher that is self-motivated, creative and enthusiastic to work on experimental measurements and numerical simulations of nondiffusive heat transfer in micro/nanomaterials and their interfaces. This postdoc will be comentored by Dr. David Cahill from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Dr. Yanbao Ma from University of California Merced. The duties of the postdoc will include i) conduct experiments and simulations to characterize non-diffusive heat transfer in micro/nanomaterials and their interfaces; 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.

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

A PhD degree in mechanical engineering or related field is required. Applicants must have background in micro/nanomaterials and their interfaces. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required.

Preferred qualifications

Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent scientific research successfully are desirable. Preference will be given to those applicants with strong backgrounds in thermal conductivity measurement, transient heat transfer measurements and analyses.

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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The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 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