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.
A position for a post-doctoral scholar is available in the group of Assistant Professor of Chemistry Christine Isborn, at the University of California Merced. The position will involve simulating the electronic excitation, optical absorption, and (hyper)polarizabilities of organic molecules in the condensed phase for energy and electro-optic materials applications with first principles methods such as time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT), and molecular exciton approximations.
Duties include: running ab initio, molecular dynamics, and QM/MM calculations; modifying and developing code as needed using Fortran, C, C++, and python; optimizing code for maximum performance; developing scripts for analyzing data; writing journal articles on developed methods, calculations, and results; communicating effectively with colleagues and mentoring graduate students; attending conferences to present the work.
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.
Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent degree in chemistry, physics, or materials science. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in at least one of the following topics:
-Running molecular dynamics and/or Monte Carlo simulations of organic materials and/or molecules in solution, atomistic or coarse-grained.
-Simulating the electronic excitations, charge transfer and relaxation, optical and vibrational spectra, and other properties of complex, condensed phase systems.
-Using the molecular exciton approximation to model charge transfer and spectra of multi-chromophore systems.
Those with knowledge of MD, QM/MM, optical properties of materials, excited state electronic structure methods is preferred.
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. Review of applications will begin 4/16/2018; position is open until filled with a final closing date of 5/2/2018.
Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) research statement, and 4) 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.
UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.