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 Biomechanics and Mechano-biology research group directed by Dr. Sachin Goyal, is looking for a self-motivated and qualified junior specialist in applied mechanics to work on a project on the simulations of elastic rod deformations. The project is motivated by research applications involving biological filaments (for more information refer to the research page: http://me.ucmerced.edu/research-areas/biomechanics-and-mechano-biology)
The candidate is required to understand the research work beforehand and discuss specific summer project ideas with Dr. Goyal’s research group. MATLAB and computational skills are necessary for the project. The junior 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.
Interested applicants are required to submit 1) curriculum vitae, 2) cover letter, and 3) a list of two references with contact information including 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. This is a part-time appointment. The anticipated duration is three moths with the possibility of extension based on availability of funding, ongoing operational needs and satisfactory performance. The 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 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 with guidance from the faculty member or senior research team members are desirable.
Internal Number: JPF00649
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.