Assistant Specialist in Thermal and Electrochemical Energy
University of California, Merced
April 4, 2018
Higher Education Institution
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 Thermal and Electrochemical Energy Laboratory directed by Dr. Po-Ya Abel Chuang, is looking for a self-motivated, creative, enthusiastic and highly qualified assistant specialist in thermal energy and/or electrochemical research. The topics of research include fuel cell, electrolysis, heat and mass transport, flow in porous media, two-phase heat transfer, and the study of phase change materials (more information at http://teel.ucmerced.edu/).
The successful candidate will have previous training and an established track record in experimental and/or simulation study of thermal and/or electrochemical technologies. With guidance, the Assistant Specialist is expected to stay abreast of recent publications in the field, carry out research independently, implement and develop research ideas and write research articles. The assistant specialist is also expected to assist with mentoring graduate students and undergraduate students who will work on the project, and to be in charge of properly maintaining all equipment in the lab. This is a two-year project with appointments being year-to-year based on continuation of funding and satisfactory performance.
The candidate should have demonstrable experience in at least one, preferably more, of the following areas: 1) novel catalyst material synthesis and evaluation, 2) fuel cell or electrolysis cell testing and diagnostics, 3) catalyst/ionomer material and ink rheology study, and 4) simulation of heat transfer or electrochemical devices.
Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae and 3) a list of two references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address; this will be submitted through the Recruit system.
Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. Review of applications will begin immediately. Position is open until filled with a final closing date of June 30, 2018. Starting dates are 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.
Qualifications: Applicants must have obtained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, or a related field; master’s degree preferred in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, or a related field. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct scientific research successfully and work independently are desirable.
Internal Number: JPF00623
About University of California, Merced
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.