Skip to main content

Post Doctoral Scholar - Theoretical/Computational Chemistry

We are no longer accepting applications for this recruitment


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

Dr. Liang Shi in the School of Natural Sciences at UC Merced is seeking a motivated and qualified postdoctoral scholar to develop and use atomic simulations to investigate amorphous optoelectronic materials, such as semiconducting organic blends, and quantum dots. The manifestation of structural disorder in various molecular spectra for these systems will also be examined.

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.

Applicants must have obtained a PhD in a related field (e.g., theoretical chemistry/physics) by the start date of the appointment. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. The ideal candidate should have significant experience using molecular dynamics simulations, and also be proficient in scientific programming. Experience with enhanced sampling methods or electronic-structure calculations is desirable, but not required.

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

Review of applications will begin 10/17/17. Recruitment will remain open until the position has been filled; however, the final end date for this position is 10/1/18.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae 3) a list of three references with contact information including mailing address , phone number and e- mail address submitted through AP Recruit during the application process and 4) Diversity Statement.

For more information, please contact Liang Shi at

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Diversity Statement

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)