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Postdoctoral Scholar in Nonlinear Dynamics

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 $64,480 - $ 77,327.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: June 1, 2024
Position duration: 2 years. Renewal for a third year is subject to performance and availability of funds.

Application Window

Open date: December 22, 2023

Next review date: Thursday, Feb 29, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Mar 1, 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 Physics Department at UC Merced announces an open position for a postdoctoral scholar with expertise in nonlinear dynamics and/or theoretical biophysics. The funded project concerns the dynamics of swimming agents in complex fluid flows. The successful candidate will work under the guidance of Prof. Kevin Mitchell. This work involves an experimental collaboration with Prof. Tom Solomon at Bucknell University, and part of the postdoc's time will be spent at Bucknell during the summer, helping to mentor undergraduates. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in nonlinear dynamics and will have a strong record of independent, creative research. The successful candidate should have a recent doctoral degree that, owing to the interdisciplinary nature of this work, could be in a number of different disciplines, including Physics, Mathematics, and Engineering.


Basic qualifications

A PhD in Physics or related discipline and a record of research accomplishment.

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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About UC Merced

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 is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching as well as to diversity, equity and inclusion. Ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, 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