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Post Doctoral Scholar - Nanomaterials and Photocatalysis

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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.

A postdoctoral position is available in a new research group of Prof. Son Nguyen to study the catalytic mechanism of plasmonic nanoparticles and expand the application of these catalysts to organic reactions. The position involves metallic nanocrystal synthesis, kinetic and mechanistic studies of nanoparticle-catalyzed reaction under photoexcitation, and design of prototype chemical reactions to demonstrate the advantage of plasmonic nanoparticle photocatalysis.

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 photochemistry, photocatalysis, plasmonic resonance or mechanistic study is preferred.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales.

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.

Review of applications will begin on 10/15/2017. The position will remain open until filled. The final review of applications for this position is 10/28/2017.

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 Son Nguyen at

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)