Temporary Research Junior Specialist Positions

The Department of Mechanical Engineering invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary research Junior Specialist positions. This is a pooled recruitment, and appointments are subject to availability of funding and departmental needs, and may be part-time or full-time. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed through October 31, 2018. The pool will close on October 31, 2018; if you would like to continue to be considered after that time, and the pooled position is advertised again, you will need to submit a new application.

Please note: The use of a temporary research titles pool does not guarantee that an open position exists at the time you are applying. See the “Next Review Date” specified in UC Recruit to learn whether the department is currently reviewing applications for an upcoming opening. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered at this time.

Junior Specialists enable research as part of a team. They should possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) in Mechanical Engineering or a related STEM field: Bioengineering and Systems Biology; Computational Science and Engineering; Dynamic Systems, Controls, and Robotics; Micro/Nanoscale Systems; Solid Mechanics, Structures, & Materials; Thermofluid Sciences and Fluid Mechanics.

Successful applicants should have a research record or demonstrate potential in the areas of: Bioengineering and Systems Biology; Computational Science and Engineering; Dynamic Systems, Control and Robotics; Micro and Nanoscale Engineering; Solid Mechanics, Materials and Structures; and Thermal Sciences and Fluid Mechanics.

Please submit your application to UC Recruit:


You must include the following:
Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter
Names of 3 References (contact information only)

Complete Application by 03/26/2018 for Primary Consideration; additional review dates may be added in order to accommodate department needs.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

About the Department of Mechanical Engineering
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCSB offers accredited programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). We offer an education that prepares our students to become leaders of the engineering profession and one which empowers them to engage in a lifetime of learning and achievement.

Our department sits at the forefront of several research trends that blend core mechanical engineering topics with exciting multidisciplinary technologies, and our faculty are world-renown for their achievements in our core areas of research:

BioEngineering and Systems Biology,
Computational Science and Engineering,
Control and Dynamical Systems,
Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences,
Solid Mechanics, Materials, and Structures, and
Micro/Nano Science and Engineering.

Recent example advances include the development of micro- and nano-fluidic sensors for high-performance screening in the field, bio-inspired structures and materials, computational methods for materials and quantitative biology, computational, experimental and theoretical advances on multiphase flows from micro- to geophysical scales, and strategies for smart building, smart grids, and their integration. In future years, broad important goals include the strengthening of our undergraduate design curriculum, and the integration of online learning technologies. We are looking to hire outstanding new faculty to continute the coordination of our efforts in modern mechanical engineering subjects, including energy efficiency, advanced manufacturing, and bio-inspired engineering.

About UCSB and the College of Engineering

Palm-framed vistas of the blue Pacific and the golden Santa Ynez Mountains. The scent of eucalyptus mixed with the saltwater breeze. Breathtaking natural beauty combined with enormous intellectual vitality. This is the University of California, Santa Barbara, and there is no other campus quite like it.

But there is serious work being done here. Pioneering research is a critical component of the highest quality education, and UCSB’s faculty includes six Nobel Prize winners (five in the sciences and engineering), a winner of the prestigious Millennium Technology Prize, scores of elected members of national and international academies and societies as well as dozens of winners of Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships. Our campus fosters a uniquely successful interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial culture, and our faculty’s research is among the most cited by their peers, evidence of the significance and relevance of their work.

The campus is one of only 62 research-intensive institutions elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. In its 2013 ranking of the world’s top 500 universities, Leiden University ranked UCSB number 2 in terms of impact in the field of the sciences, and in the U.S. News and World Report's 2016 “Best Colleges” guide, the most widely read college guide in the country, UCSB was ranked number 8 among all public universities.

The College of Engineering boasts 26 Interdisciplinary Research Centers, and the campus is home to 11 national institutes and centers. Among these are the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Materials Research Laboratory (both funded by the National Science Foundation), and the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (funded by the U.S. Army). The campus is also home to the California NanoSystems Institute, one of the first California Institutes for Science and Innovation. A research partnership with UCLA, the institute is creating revolutionary new materials, devices and systems that will enhance virtually every aspect of our lives.

Within this community of scholars, the life of the mind, the pursuit of knowledge, and the experience of growth, both personal and intellectual, are the hallmarks of daily life. It is our goal at UC Santa Barbara to introduce students to novel ways of thinking, learning, and conducting research. We want to educate and foster the next generation of engineering and science leaders to discover and apply breakthroughs in knowledge and technology. Beauty and brains. Breakthrough research. A focus on applying our discoveries to business and industry. A start-up attitude. This is what UC Santa Barbara is about.