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Postdoctoral Scholar in 3D Printable Conductive Polymer

Recruitment Period

Open August 28th, 2017 through June 29th, 2018

Description

The University of California, Merced is a dynamic new university campus in Merced, California. The University 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 offers research-centered and student-oriented educational opportunities at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels through three academic schools: Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences/Humanities/Arts.

We are looking for a self-motivated, creative, enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to join our highly collaborative and interdisciplinary group working on structural organic electronics. Our research areas include biomimetic conjugated polymers, structural metamaterials, conductive resin development for 3D printing, and in-situ characterization for strain accommodating conjugated polymers. Experience with chemical synthesis and characterization, mechanical and electrical characterization, electron microscopy, nanoindentation, and synchrotron diffraction experiments will be particularly helpful.

Successful candidate will perform synthesis of conjugated polymers, synthesis of UV-reactive precursor to conjugated polymers, use such materials in SLA-based 3D printing, and carry out chemical characterization and mechanical characterization such as stress/strain analysis, dynamic mechanical analysis, synchrotron diffraction, and nanoindentation. There will be periodic trips to the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Stanford University for experiments and collaborations.

Applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field prior to starting the position. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. Preference will be given to applicants with strong background in one or more of the following areas: (1) Organic or polymer synthesis, (2) chemical characterization, (3) mechanical and rheological characterization of soft materials, or (4) electrical property measurements.

Interested candidates are required to submit 1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) two to three publications; and 4) a list of three to five references with contact information.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. Review of applications will begin immediately with a final closing date of June 30, 2018. Starting date is negotiable.

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

Please contact Dr. Yue (Jessica) Wang (yuewang@ucmerced.edu) for additional information.

Job location

Merced, CA

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