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Postdoctoral Scholar in Polymer Synthesis
University of California Merced in the Merced, California
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Date Posted 03/10/2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Research in the Wang Lab orients around next-generation multi-functional organic electronics. We pioneer these materials by drawing inspiration from nature, achieving molecular precision through bottom-up synthesis, and constructing desired structure-property relationships via new processing methods such as 3D printing. These exciting organic materials bring new functionalities and enhanced performances for a variety of applications, ranging from wearable electronics to energy storage devices.

The Wang Laboratory directed by Dr. Yue Jessica Wang is looking for a self-motivated, creative, enthusiastic and highly qualified Postdoctoral Scholar expert in polymer synthesis to work on the following two areas of research:

(1) SLA/DLP 3D printing of multi-functional polymers. These photopolymerization-based processes will require a strong working knowledge on small molecule design and orthogonal photopolymerization routes. An interest in exploring areas beyond synthetic chemistry will be a necessary trait in succeeding in this area of research.

(2) Impact adaptive polymers. Custom design and synthesis of a variety of polymers (multi-functional, ionic, conjugated, diblock copolymers, etc.).

The Postdoctoral Scholar is expected to stay abreast of recent publications in the field, carry out the research independently and as part of a team, develop ideas into fully-fledged polymer systems with desired functionality, and publish research articles. The Postdoctoral Scholar is also expected to assist with mentoring graduate students and undergraduate students who will work on the projects, and to be in charge of properly maintaining the equipment in the lab.

Qualifications: Applicants must have obtained a PhD in Chemistry, Polymer Science and Engineering, or a related field by the start date of their appointment. The successful candidate must have previous training and established track record in synthetic chemistry, polymers, and chemical and materials characterizations. Strong written and verbal communication skills are also required. Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct scientific research successfully and work independently but also collaboratively are desirable.

The candidate must have demonstrable experience in at least two, preferably more, of the following areas: 1) synthetic chemistry for small molecules; 2) polymer chemistry ; 3) photochemistry; 4) some level of understanding of materials characterization (can be through collaboration). An interest and willingness to go beyond synthetic chemistry, and learn materials characterization, devices applications, or even coding and machine building from other group members will be additional traits that are necessary to succeed in our research projects.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) three representative publications and 4) a list of three references with contact information; this will be submitted through the Recruit system.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. Review of applications will begin immediately. Position is open until filled with a final closing date of June 30, 2020. Starting dates are negotiable.

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.

Please visit or contact Prof. Yue Jessica Wang for additional information

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

Job location

Merced, CA


Document requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Three Representative Publications

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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