Online Posting


The Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites 
applications for the position of a postdoctoral scholar in the field of optical thin films: synthesis and 
characterization. A challenging materials science project is currently in progress developing unique 
optical devices required for harvesting highly concentrated solar light. The successful candidate will be 
expected to have hands-on experimental experiences in the field of synthesizing and characterizing 
optical thin films (e.g., metal oxides) and will be also expected to fabricate optical devices to be tested 
for solar thermal and daylighting applications. 

RANK: Postdoctoral Scholar – Employee 

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. degree in materials science or related field with hands-on 
experimental experiences in conducting research projects in the fields related to synthesis of metal 
oxide thin films and characterization of their physical properties, in particular, optical properties. 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated experiences in: 1. conducting synthesis of metal 
oxide (e.g., titanium oxide, aluminum oxide, hafnium oxide, and silicon oxide) thin films by sputtering. 
2. conducting characterization (structural and optical properties) of metal oxide thin films by various 
analytical tools including electron microscopes and ellipsometry. 3. conducting design of experiment to 
tune the synthesis processes to optimize physical properties (e.g., optical properties) of metal oxide 
thin films. 4. conducting multiple tasks in a large project team (the candidate must have good 
communication skills and interpersonal skills). 

POSITION AVAILABLE: January 1, 2014. 

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of 
reappointment for another year. Reappointment is contingent upon availability of funding. For 
appointments within the University of California, a total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service 
may not exceed five years, including Postdoctoral service at other institutions. 

TO APPLY: An application package must include; a letter of application (1 page), a curriculum vitae, a 
list of publications, a summary of relevant experience (2 pages), and three names of professional 
references with email addresses. The application package should be emailed to Prof. Nobuhiko 
Kobayashi ( as a single PDF file. 
Please refer to position #PS-EE-OTF in all correspondence 

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a  third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at 

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on November 10, 2013. 

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