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Electrical and Computer Engineering: Postdoctoral Scholar

Recruitment Period

Open January 14th, 2020 through Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee under the direction of Professor Nobuhiko Kobayashi. The selected candidate will design and conduct highly specialized and advanced experiments using various thin film deposition techniques based on chemical vapor deposition and physical vapor deposition, conduct structural and optical analysis of resulting thin film structures made of metallic and dielectric thin films using such analytical tools as microscopy, diffractometry (e.g., scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffractometry), and a range of optical characterization tools (e.g., spectroscopic reflectometry and ellipsometry). The selected candidate is also expected to: (1) troubleshoot and customize experimental tools to meet various research needs; (2) establish experimental protocols and procedures and in some cases designing new protocols in order to conduct experiments; (3) disseminate scientific findings by publishing results in scientific journals and presenting at conferences; assume general responsibility for operations of the laboratory; (4) provide mentoring and guidance to graduate and undergraduate students; (5) conduct studies of related literature and research to support the design and implementation of projects and development of reports, ensuring conceptual relevance, comprehensiveness, and currency of information; (6) conceptualize and conduct short-term experiments and research activities in support of research projects, ensuring consistency with established methodological approaches and models, adherence to project timelines, and completeness of documentation; (7) communicate with external team members to share progress and research activities ensuring that relevant information and issues are captured in as comprehensive and timely manner as possible.

Applicants with post-baccalaureate expertise in developing deposition processes using atomic layer deposition and in analyzing structural and optical properties of dielectric and metallic thin films are strongly encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral Scholar

Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Minimum annual salary rates are made based on the individual’s Experience Level, which is determined by the number of months of postdoctoral service at any institution. See current salary scale for Postdoctoral Titles at

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Materials Science and Engineering, Applied Physics, or Electrical Engineering.

As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.

Postdoctoral Scholar appointments are full-time; the initial appointment is for a minimum of one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Reappointment will be contingent upon positive performance review and availability of funding. The total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at any institution. Under limited circumstances, an exception to this limit may be considered, not to exceed a sixth year.

All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs and should be forwarded to Professor Nobuhiko Kobayashi at


  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)
  • Contact information of three reference letter writers(required).

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by February 28, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see More information is available at the APO website (see or call (831) 459-4300.

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Academic Personnel Office at (831) 459-4300.

Our institution is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment, our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal HERC website at to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution



Job location

Santa Cruz, California