Organic Synthesis

The Functional Nanomaterial Research Laboratory directed by Dr. Jennifer Lu, is looking for a highly motivated and qualified postdoctoral scholar to synthesize small molecule model systems and corresponding polymers for creating a thermal contracting polymer platform [e.g. Nature Chemistry, 2013, 5, 1035]. Successful completion can lead to technological exploration in soft robotics, thermal waste harvesting and enabling the development of zero expansion electronic packaging materials.

The candidates should have experience in the following two key technical areas:

  • Extensive research experience in organic synthesis is a must, and knowledge in polymer synthesis is a plus.
  • Be well versed in spectroscopic characterization techniques. Some knowledge in polymer characterization such as thermal analysis can be beneficial to the project.

Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. It is expected that he/she will stay abreast of recent developments in the field, develop research ideas and write research papers in a timely manner. Mentoring graduate students and undergraduate students who will work on relevant projects is required. It is also his/her responsibility to maintain some of the lab instruments and ensure compliance with environmental, health and safety requirements. Travel to user facilities at the National Laboratories will be required. The appointment will initially be 12 months with a possibility for an extension of up to 12 additional months.

Applicants must have obtained a PhD in Chemistry, Polymer Science or a related field. Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent scientific research successfully are desirable.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Position is open until filled. Starting dates are negotiable. Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter and a short research statement, 2) curriculum vitae and 3) names of at least three professional/academic references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address. Please apply through https://aprecruit.ucmerced.edu/apply/JPF00558. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Lu at jlu5@ucmerced.edu

Mesoporous Structure

We are seeking a highly motivated and qualified lab specialist or post-doctoral scholar to (a) synthesize 3D hierarchical porous carbon-based structures for energy storage and conversion and to (b) train and supervise the undergraduate and graduate students. A successful candidate should have:

  • Advanced understanding of electrochemistry, and be well versed in the use of spectroscopic and microscopic material characterization methods to understand relationships between structure and properties;
  • Extensive experience in nanomaterial synthesis;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong laboratory managerial and report/paper preparation skills.

The candidate is expected to stay on top of current developments and opportunities in the field of electrocatalysis and electrochemical energy storage, train and supervise the students in the safe and proper use of laboratory instruments and write scientific reports/papers. Highly selfmotivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent scientific research successfully and have accredited mentoring skills are highly desirable.

A degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a related field prior to starting the position is required. Specialists appointed at the Associate rank should possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) with five to ten years of experience demonstrating expertise in relevant specialty. A Ph.D. degree is highly desirable. An appointee at the Associate level should have a record of academic accomplishment including published or in-press research in the field, and a demonstrated record of University and/or public service. Additionally, appointees will participate in planning and execution of research. Travels to collaborative UCSC campus and National Lab User Facilities are required occasionally.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae and 3) a list of three references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address. Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. Review of applications will begin immediately. Position is open until filled. Starting dates are negotiable.
Please apply through https://aprecruit.ucmerced.edu/apply/JPF00513 - Lab Specialist
Please apply through https://aprecruit.ucmerced.edu/apply/JPF00512 - Postdoctoral Scholar.

Please contact Jennifer Lu at jennifer.lu@ucmerced.edu for additional information.