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Postdoctoral Position in the Interfacial Science Laboratory

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Salary range: $54,540-$65,292 (Depending on experience)
Anticipated start: August 1, 2021

Application Window

Open date: June 18th, 2021

Last review date: Saturday, Jul 17, 2021 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: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 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.

Position description

The Interfacial Science Laboratory (ISL) in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Riverside invites applications for two postdoctoral positions in the cross-cutting areas of Interfacial Science, Colloidal Phenomena, Transport Phenomena, Rheology, and/or Biophysics. The UC, Riverside- Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering is ranked among the top 50 departments in the US.

The initial appointment would be for one year, with the possibility to renew up to two more years based on the research performance. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Post-doc salary will begin at $54,540-$65,292 depending on experience. More details can be found at https://graduate.ucr.edu/postdoctoral-studies.

Requirements: The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Physics, and Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering or a closely related field. The experiences in surface forces apparatus, atomic force microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, Langmuir-Blodgett technique, and micro/nanofabrication would be desired but not mandatory. Candidates should be familiar with writing protocols, managing day-to-day implementation of protocol procedures, ensuring quality data acquisition, analyzing multilevel repeated-measures data, writing manuscripts, and instructing/training/collaborating with students.

  1. Interfacial and Colloidal Science:
    The ideal candidate will be involved in projects seeking (a) to perform rheological measurements at multiple length scales to gain insights into how the isotropic and anisotropic adsorption of organic molecules alter the flow characteristics of colloidal suspensions, and (b) to study the rates of pressure dissolution (a chemically- driven rock deformation mechanism) under different chemical and physical conditions (in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC, Berkeley). The ideal candidate is hoped to have a background in colloidal phenomena, force spectroscopy, fluid dynamics, physicochemistry, rheological testing, and/or colloidal/nanoparticle synthesis.

  2. Biointerfaces and Biophysics:
    The successful candidate is expected to take a leadership role in the following research areas of (a) measuring intermolecular forces arising in biomembranes and proteins and (b) investigating lipid/protein phase transition behaviors in parallel with theoretical modeling of domains (rafts). The candidate is expected to have a PhD focusing on one or more of the following topics: lipid membranes, protein interactions, force spectroscopy, fluorescence microscopy, atomic force microscopy, neural cell culturing, and biofilm formation.

Application Procedure: Applicants will need to submit a cover letter (describe how the position relates to his/her academic experiences and previous accomplishments), curriculum vitae, contact information for 3 references, and a contribution to diversity statement, via AP Recruit at https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/JPF01424. Full consideration will be given to those who apply by July 17, 2021; however, the position is open until filled.

Further information about the ISL can be found here: https://yminlab.engr.ucr.edu/. The selected applications will be interviewed with Zoom to finalize the decision.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Must have a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Physics, and Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering or a closely related field.

Preferred qualifications

The experiences in surface forces apparatus, atomic force microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, and micro/nanofabrication would be highly desired but not mandatory.

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.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • 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 required (contact information only)

Provide contact information for 3 references.

Apply link: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/JPF01424

Help contact: trudil@ucr.edu

Campus Information

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.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified candidates 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.

University of California COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Riverside, CA