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Assistant Professional Researcher in Engineering

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 26th, 2020

Last review date: Thursday, Nov 26, 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 Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) seeks an Assistant Professional Researcher in Engineering to develop new technology and insights for catalytic conversion of low-cost, inedible cellulosic biomass that can lower the cost of producing sustainable transportation fuels and other bio-based products.

The Bourns College of Engineering, Center for Environmental Research & Technology (CE-CERT)’s mission is to be a recognized leader in environmental education, a collaborator with industry and government to improve the technical basis for regulations and policy, a creative source of new technology, and a contributor to a better understanding of the environment. Established in 1992 and now operating as the largest research center at the University of California at Riverside, CE-CERT brings together multiple disciplines throughout campus to address society’s most pressing environmental challenges in air quality, climate change, energy, and transportation. CE-CERT’s activities encompass all three aspects of the University of California’s overarching mission: research, education, and public service.

A successful candidate will have a proven record of, or exceptional promise for, competence in development and understanding of advanced catalytic processes that improve the production of fuels and fuel precursors with high yields.

Activities will include developing novel catalyst formulations to enhance the production of target products from cellulosic biomass and/or intermediates made from cellulosic biomass. In addition, this position will be responsible for applying these catalyst formulations to ideal and real biomass and biomass intermediate streams and measuring their impact on catalyst lifetime, product yields, product selectivity, and other performance metrics. The incumbent will aid in the development of a nationally recognized research program that develops advanced catalytic processes and provides a mechanistic understanding of key features of these technologies. The applicant will build a program that will lead to the successful launch and maintenance of independent, externally funded, research.

Although teaching is not required for this Professional Research Series appointment, the applicant is expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate students.

Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in chemical engineering or chemistry or a closely related discipline, and have 2 or more years of research experience with a strong publication record.

Advancement through the professional researcher 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 November 26, 2020, and the position is open until filled.

To Apply: Interested individuals are required to submit a cover letter, recently updated curriculum vitae, contact information for a minimum of three letters of reference, 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