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Assistant Project Scientist

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable salary range estimate for this position is $86,600-$98,000. The posted UC academic salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See the following table for the salary scale for this position “Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

Application Window

Open date: February 17, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Mar 17, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Apr 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of NanoEngineering (, which uses the unique and enabling aspects of a nanoscale material to create a device to be utilized by mankind in the Jacobs School of Engineering at UCSD, invites applications for a non-tenure track Assistant Project Scientist position.

At UC San Diego, Project Scientists are academic researchers who are expected to make significant and creative contributions to a research team but are not necessarily leaders of the research team. They are not required to carry out independent research or develop an independent research reputation but will publish and carry out research or creative programs with supervision by a member of the Professor or Professional Research series. Project Scientists may not serve as a Principal Investigator but may serve as Co-Principal Investigators with members of the Professor or Research Scientist series. University and public service are encouraged but not required, and they do not have formal teaching responsibilities. Appointment duration will vary depending on the length of the research project and availability of funding.

This project scientist position will primarily work on the material design and processing design for laser-based additive manufacturing of metals. Successful candidates should have hands on experience in metallic 3-D printing and optimization of printing parameters to achieve high quality builds, experience in x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) on a Thermo-Fisher Apreo SEM, electron backscattered diffraction in the SEM, knowledge and experience with Thermocalc software, and knowledge and experience with funding proposal writing and research program review. Successful candidates should also have experience in research and development in 3D printing of metallic materials, especially in:

1) Laser-based directed energy deposition (DED) of metals;
2) Comprehensive knowledge about alloys and intermetallics;
3) Metallic sample preparation experience, including but not limited to casting, sintering, heat treatment and metallographic polishing;
4) Experience in material characterizations, including but not limited to SEM, EDS,
EBSD, XRD and mechanical testing.

The Department of NanoEngineering is committed to building an excellent, diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, and student body (

Salary is based on published UC San Diego pay scales and competitive market conditions.



Basic qualifications (Required at Time of Application)

Candidates must have earned their Ph.D. degree in engineering (e.g. Materials Engineering) or related fields at the time of application, and at least 1 year of post-doctoral experience.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter (Optional)

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

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required
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Job location

La Jolla, CA