The Thompson Lab at University of California Merced is recruiting a Postdoctoral Scholar and a Junior Research Specialist.

The Postdoc will work on projects related to multi-temperature and time-resolved (T-jump) crystallography at synchrotrons and XFELs. Job posting with additional details here:


The Junior Specialist will support wet lab operations, and assist with a variety of research projects in structural biology (including but not limited to XFEL experiments). Job posting here:


The Thompson Lab is a new lab, and members will have an outsized role in shaping the lab culture. We're also moving into brand new lab space this winter. Our lab has regular opportunities for synchrotron beamtime, and we are competitive for XFEL beamtime (recently we were one of a handful of groups invited to submit a proposal for a scientific campaign at LCLS).


UC Merced is the youngest of the Universities of California, admitting its first students in 2005. In 15 years, the University has grown to almost 10,000 students and has a vibrant and extremely diverse campus. There are mostly young faculty, and the university is pushing to rapidly expand its research reputation, making a lot of investments in infrastructure. With access to all the UC resources, and a rapid pace of growth, UC Merced is a really exciting place to be.


Merced is a great place to live. It is about 1 hour from the gates of Yosemite National Park, and a short 2-hour drive to San Francisco. (You can pack your samples in a car and drive to 2 synchrotrons and an XFEL!!) There's also a nice downtown area in Merced with good restaurants and entertainment, and it is one of the few remaining places in California where the cost of living is still relatively low (lowest cost of living for any UC campus).


Interested applicants should apply using the link above, and reach out to Dr. Michael Thompson.