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Assistant Professor in Theoretical Soft Matter/Biophysics

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Title: Assistant Professor in Theoretical Soft Matter/Biophysics
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.

The School of Natural Sciences at UC Merced ( invites applications for one new faculty position in Theoretical Soft Condensed Matter/ Biophysics starting July 1, 2018 at the rank of tenure-track Assistant Professor. We are seeking exceptionally qualified candidates with expertise in areas including, but not limited to, (i) theoretical and computational studies of soft matter systems, including active and adaptive matter, novel polymeric and liquid crystalline materials, mechanical and origami metamaterials, complex fluids, granular materials, biomaterials and biopolymers, biomimetic materials and/or (ii) theoretical and computational studies of fundamental biophysical processes and systems from the scale of molecules to organisms and populations, including the dynamics of single biomolecules, motor proteins and intracellular transport, cellular organization and dynamics, cytoskeletal mechanics/dynamics, morphogenesis and tissue mechanics, bacterial physics, behavior and evolution. Special consideration will be given to applicants who participate in interdisciplinary research, and who will complement our existing Physics faculty (

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Physics or a related scientific field, demonstrated excellence in research, teaching, and strong interpersonal communication skills are required. Postdoctoral research experience (or equivalent) is typically expected and strongly preferred.

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.

Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC Academic salary scales.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on January 23, 2018, with a final closing date of February 16, 2018.

Applications must be submitted via this website, and must include 1) a cover letter stating area of interest 2) curriculum vitae 3) research statement, 4) teaching statement, 5) diversity statement and 6) three letters of reference submitted online. After an application is submitted, the letters of reference should be electronically uploaded by the letter writers (instructions will be provided by the application system).

For more information, please contact Prof. Ajay Gopinathan (

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required