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Post-Doctoral Scholar - Theoretical Physics

Recruitment Period

Open October 24th, 2018 through December 31st, 2018


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 has also built the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

The Physics Department at UC Merced announces an open position for a postdoctoral research scholar with expertise in nonlinear dynamics and chaos. The funded project concerns the dynamics of swimming agents in (potentially chaotic) fluid flows. The successful candidate will work under the guidance of Prof. Kevin Mitchell. This work involves a collaboration with Prof. Tom Solomon at Bucknell University, and part of the postdoc's time will be spent at Bucknell during the summer, helping to mentor undergraduates.

Requirements include a recent doctoral degree that, owing to the interdisciplinary nature of this work, could be in a number of different disciplines, including Physics, Mathematics, and Engineering. Additional qualifications include some experience in nonlinear dynamics and a strong record of independent, creative research. Candidates with experience in chaotic transport in fluids are particularly encouraged to apply.

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

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled with a final closing date of December 31, 2018.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. This is a full-time, one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal based on availability of funding, ongoing operational needs and satisfactory performance.

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.

For more information, please contact Kevin Mitchell at

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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