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Postdoctoral Scholar in Organic Synthesis and Polymer Chemistry in the Functional Nanomaterial's Lab

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: As soon as January 2, 2023. Exact start date negotiable
Position duration: One year

Application Window

Open date: October 5, 2022

Next review date: Saturday, Apr 15, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Sep 15, 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

A Postdoctoral Scholar position is immediately available in the Functional Nanomaterials Lab led by Dr. Jennifer Lu. The successful candidate will perform synthesis and characterization of small molecule model systems and corresponding polymers for creating a thermal contracting polymer platform [e.g., Nature Chemistry, 2013, 5, 1035, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 142, 16651-16660, 2020, Advanced Science, 202102077, 2021]. Successful outcomes can lead to in low-energy driven actuators or optical switches. It is expected that the appointee stays abreast of recent developments in the field, develop research ideas and write research papers in a timely manner. Mentoring graduate students and undergraduate students who will work on relevant projects is required. It is also the appointee’s responsibility to maintain some of the lab instruments and promote lab safety.
Research projects are highly interdisciplinary, and it would be a great opportunity for researchers who would like to broaden research skills and interact with industry and National lab partners and sponsors.

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 must have obtained a Ph.D. in organic chemistry or polymer chemistry or a related field prior to starting the position. The appointee should either have extensive research experience in organic synthesis and/or polymer synthesis. Good written and verbal communication skills are also required.

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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Campus Information

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Job location

Merced, CA