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Postdoctoral Scholar: Nanoscale Heat Transfer in Mechanical Engineering

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Salary range: Annual Starting Salary: See table 23 for the position salary range based on experience; $64,480 -$77,327
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: As soon as January 19, 2024. Exact start date negotiable
Review timeline: Not Yet Provided
Position duration: 2 years

Application Window

Open date: January 5, 2024

Most recent review date: Friday, Apr 26, 2024 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: Friday, Nov 22, 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

The Mechanical Engineering Heat Transfer Lab is 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 co-mentored 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.


Basic qualifications

Must have a PhD in thermal science and engineering, or related field, and experience in the thermometry and modeling. Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred qualifications

Highly motivated individual who has demonstrated the ability to work independently.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Merced, California