Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Merced, California
Oct 08, 2018
Dec 07, 2018
Field of specialization
Engineering, Materials
Job Type
Full time

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 8,000 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 has also built the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

The Department of Materials Science & Engineering invites applications for two full-time tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level; other hiring levels may be considered for exceptional candidates with more experience. A Ph.D. degree in Materials Science & Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, or a related area at the time of appointment is required.

Exceptional candidates in all areas of materials science and engineering will be considered. We seek candidates who will contribute to building a nationally and internationally recognized Materials Science research program bringing expertise in computational materials science or materials synthesis and processing in topical areas such as:

• materials for sustainability,

• materials to enable quantum revolution,

• materials for biomedicine, and

• materials-related food science/process engineering.

The successful candidate will lead an internationally renowned independent research program in an emerging area, advise undergraduate and graduate students, and be collegial. Post-doctoral or other post-graduate experience is desirable but not required. We are particularly interested in attracting academically and culturally diverse candidates, especially those who can contribute to the growing diversity and excellence of the community through their teaching, scholarship, and service.


Ph.D. in a relevant field is required by the start date. Candidates with broad scientific interests, a record of research excellence and creativity and the potential for active interdisciplinary collaboration at UC Merced will be preferred. Applicants must show promise of excellence in scholarship and have demonstrated the potential to develop and support an independent, innovative research program and to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration. Applicants should also demonstrate  an ability to teach and train effectively at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Positions are open until filled; consideration of applications will begin on December 1, 2018 and will continue to be reviewed until positions are filled. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2019.

Applications must be submitted via the website: and must include (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae (3) research statement, (4) teaching statement, (5) diversity statement, and (6) names of three references with contact information, including mailing address, phone number, and email address; submitted through the Recruit system.

Guidance on what to include in a diversity statement may be found at:

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. Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC academic salary scales.