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Postdoctoral Scholar in Theoretical Chemistry

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar in Theoretical Chemistry.
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: Start date is negotiable.
Position duration: 2 years with possible appointment renewal.

Application Window

Open date: May 3, 2023

Most recent review date: Thursday, Jun 1, 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, Jan 2, 2024 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

Henrik R. Larsson’s theoretical chemistry group at University of California, Merced, is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on developing new methods related to tensor network states (DMRG, MCTDH, TTNS) and applying them to molecular quantum dynamics.

More information on the Larsson group can be found at:

Some relevant publications are:
Larsson et al., Chem. Sci. 2022, 13, 11119-11125 (doi:10.1039/D2SC03189B)
Larsson, J. Chem. Phys. 2019, 151, 204102 (doi:10.1063/1.5130390)
Larsson et al., J. Chem. Phys. 2021, 155, 144105 (doi:10.1063/5.0063056)
Larsson et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2022, 144, 15932-15937 (doi:10.1021/jacs.2c06357)
Larsson et al., J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2022, 18, 749-762 (doi:10.1021/acs.jctc.1c00957)

Some of these projects involve international collaborations. Available computational resources include two shared clusters at Merced, computing nodes dedicated to the group, and the San Diego Super Computing Center. The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to present and engage at international conferences, writing journal articles, and assist with mentoring students.

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

Applicant must have a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, or a related field. Experience with method development, quantum simulations (broadly defined), programming (python, julia, C++, Fortran), and excellent oral and written communication skills are required.

Preferred qualifications

The ideal candidate has experience in developing computational methods using tensor network states and related methods and/or sparse grids.

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 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