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Post Doctoral Scholar – Materials Photophysics

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The University of California, Merced 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 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.

A postdoctoral position is available in the research group of David F. Kelley to utilize ultrafast spectroscopy and other optical techniques to study the photophysics and photochemistry of semiconductor nanocrystals. The position involves nanocrystal synthesis, optical measurements, and spectroscopic modeling. The successful candidate will synthesize nanocrystals with a variety of compositions, sizes, shapes, and surface chemistries, measure their static and time-resolved spectra and computationally model these spectra to determine the excited state dynamics and chemical reactivities.

The 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.

Qualifications for this position is a recent Ph.D. in physical or materials chemistry or a closely related field and an excellent publication record. Experience in semiconductor nano-crystal synthesis and/or laser spectroscopy.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. This position is contingent upon receiving proper funding.

Review of applications will begin on 10/1/2017. The position will remain open until filled. The final review of applications for this position is 5/31/18.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae 3) a list of 2 references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e- mail address submitted through AP Recruit during the application process.

For more information, please contact David F. Kelley at, 209-228-4354.

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)