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Project Scientist - Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) Center

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The University of California is a dynamic new university campus in Merced, California, which opened in September 2005 as the tenth campus of the University of California and the first American research university in the 21st century. In keeping with the mission of the University to provide teaching, research and public service of the highest quality, UC Merced provides new educational opportunities at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels through three academic schools: Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences/Humanities/Arts.

The Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM) at UC Merced is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program. CCBM’s vision is to be nationally and internationally recognized for cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on functional multi-scale biomolecular and cellular assemblies and to be a model for integrated research, education and outreach. Through focused efforts to encourage participation among underrepresented students from the San Joaquin Valley and beyond, CCBM will develop a pipeline for a highly qualified science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce and produce high-caliber, diverse trainees at all levels who can spur growth in California’s San Joaquin Valley. CCBM brings together more than a dozen faculty members from multiple units across campus including bioengineering, physics, chemistry and chemical biology, materials science and engineering and is led by faculty co-Directors Victor Muñoz and Ajay Gopinathan.

The Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM) at UC Merced is seeking two Project Scientists - one with computational expertise and one with expertise in spectroscopy and imaging - who will collaborate with physicists, chemists, bioengineers and materials scientists to advance the center's research agenda. The Project Scientists will lend their expertise to existing projects as well as initiate new collaborations and projects under the auspices of the center. The individuals will publish their work in reputed peer-reviewed journals. The candidates will also provide mentoring and guidance to graduate and undergraduate fellows of the center in matters related to computational modeling or biomolecular spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. The individuals will also be responsible for managing the resources of the center including administration and oversight. The candidates will also be responsible for facilitating the delivery of training and informal workshops as part of the center's education program. The individuals will also take part actively in the outreach activities of the center including summer REU programs and local public school outreach. The candidates will be expected to have grant-writing experience and actively seek extramural funding.

The selected candidates must have a PhD, be able to work independently and possess several years of highly specialized experience in a field such as physics, chemistry, bioengineering, or a related field with thesis work related to computational modeling of biological systems or imaging and spectroscopy of biomolecular and cellular systems. The candidate must also have at least four years of postdoctoral experience working in either research area. Strong communication skills and grant-writing experience in addition to the ability to lead team-based research projects in close collaboration with faculty and researchers from multiple disciplines is a must.
The initial appointments are for two years with potential for renewal based on satisfactory performance.

University of California, Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples.

To apply: Please submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, Statement of Research and Reference List of 3 references with contact information including mailing address, phone number, and email address. The cover letter should include why you are seeking this position and your relevant experience.

Review of applications will begin August 12, 2016. Position is open until filled with a final closing date of November 30, 2016. Starting dates are negotiable.

For any questions, please contact Ajay Gopinathan at or Victor Munoz at

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter - The Cover Letter should include why you are seeking this position and your relevant experience.

  • Statement of Research

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