Job ID: 170880

Two Post-Doctoral Positions in Interfacial and Colloidal Science and Biointerfaces and Biophysic

University of California, Riverside

  • Nov. 2, 2021
  • Two Post-Doctoral Positions in Interfacial and Colloidal Science and Biointerfaces and Biophysic
  • Chemical Engineering
  • University of California, Riverside
    Riverside, CA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Polymer Science
    Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering Physics
    Engineering Mechanics
    Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)
    Engineering - Other

Position Summary: 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 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 0-year experience postdoc starts with an annual salary of $53,460 up to $64,008 based on the University of California regulations. More details can be found at

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 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 investigating (a) intermolecular forces and phase behaviors arising in biomembranes and (b) understanding bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation. 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, and atomic force microscopy.

Featured Benefits: Postdoctoral Scholar-Employees are eligible for Postdoctoral Scholar Benefit Plans (including medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, short term disability, and voluntary long term disability), paid sick and vacation leave, deferred compensation plan, and vanpool program and more. More information can be found at

Application Procedure: Applicants will need to send a cover letter (describe how the position relates to his/her academic experiences and previous accomplishments), curriculum vitae, contact information of at least two academic references as a single PDF file to, with the subject line "Postdoctoral Position in the ISL." Further information about the ISL can be found here: The selected applications will be interviewed with Zoom to finalize the decision.

  • The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. 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.

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    Chemical Engineering
    University of California, Riverside
    900 University Ave. Bourns Hall A223
    Riverside, CA 92521
  • 951-827-6077

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