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Assistant Project Scientist

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 4th, 2020

Last review date: Monday, Oct 5, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Phonon Optimized Engineered Materials (POEM) Center at The Bourns College of Engineering invites applications for a Project Scientist position. The mission of the POEM Center is experimental and theoretical investigation of phonon properties of advanced materials and development of innovating methods for controlling phonon transport with applications in electronics, optoelectronics and direct energy conversion. The POEM Center team is engaged in research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Semiconductor Research Corporation and industry.

A successful candidate will have a proven record of, or exceptional promise for, experimental and computational modeling research in the field of Raman – Brillouin spectroscopy, phonon transport and thermal conductivity. Activities will include development of advanced Brillouin spectroscopy instrumentation, experimental investigation of phonon properties of low-dimensional van der Waals materials, experimental and computational study of thermal transport in various materials. A Project Scientist is expected to assist with the POEM Center management and supervision of the graduate and undergraduate student researchers.

Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Physics or relevant field, and have 2 or more years of research experience with a strong technical publication record.

Advancement through the faculty and non-senate academic ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

Appointment is expected to begin on January 1, 2021. The duration of the appointment will be for two years dependent upon grant funding.

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

Review of applications will begin October 5, 2020 and the position is open until filled. To Apply: Interested individuals are required to submit a cover letter, recently updated curriculum vitae, three letters of references, a Statement of Research, and a Contribution to Diversity Statement to the AP recruit website at Salary will be commensurate upon education and experience.

For more information regarding the specific areas of interest and application procedures, please visit

For inquiries and questions please refer to the contact email address under the specific recruitment on the AP Recruit website.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Riverside, CA

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence - In a “Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence”, we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required