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Postdoctoral Scholar in Biomedical Optics

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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.

We are looking for a self-motivated, creative, enthusiastic, and qualified postdoctoral scholar to join our highly collaborative and interdisciplinary group working at the interface of engineering and biology. Our lab studies the cellular and non-cellular factors involved in tissue regeneration and transplantation and develops novel optical systems and imaging methods to study these factors in vivo.

The successful candidate will design and build linear and non-linear optical systems for live animal imaging and oxygen sensing and will assist in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students working on related projects. Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent scientific research successfully are desirable.

Applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related field prior to starting the position and must have training or experience with biomedical optics. Experience with optical system design, circuit design, and computer programming will be particularly helpful. Strong written and verbal skills are required.

Interested candidates are required to submit 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) a list of three to five references with contact information including mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address; submitted through the Recruit system.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. Review of applications will begin immediately. The position is open until filled; 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 Joel Spencer at for additional information.

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

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