Associate Research Scientist

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 08, 2021
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Associate Research Scientist

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The same commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. Northeastern pursues advanced research in security and materials at the Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, and in coastal sustainability at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.

About the Opportunity:
The Center for Drug Discovery, Northeastern University, is dedicated to discovering novel medications, developing technologies that increase the success of discovering new therapeutic agents, and training scientists in the multidisciplinary field of drug discovery. To help fulfill this mission, we seek a full-time Associate Research Scientist experienced in drug discovery synthetic chemistry and its applications to biological systems. This hands-on position is key to the Center's activities for both translational science and for conducting pre-clinical research.

Under the direction of the Center's Director, the candidate will independently design and synthesize novel compounds, develop novel and suitable synthetic routes for chemistry scaffolds leading to potent ligands, record, analyze, and interpret resulting data, organize the data into a form suitable for peer-reviewed publications, patent filing, new grant submissions and existing/funded grant reports, and plan future experimental approaches. As required, the candidate will also develop novel, economical, scalable and reproducible synthetic routes for the re-synthesis of key synthetic intermediates and lead compounds to facilitate further in vitro and in vivo testing. As a team player, he/she will be expected to actively participate in Center meetings and seminars, collaborate and work with the Center's interdisciplinary teams. The incumbent should be highly motivational, and should be able to integrate in a team with multidisciplinary background. The incumbent will also be responsible for: training and supervising students and post-doctoral scientists; helping to set project goals and objectives; develop research protocols and experiments for applied research at an advanced level jointly developed with the CDD Director, including recommendations for future research projects.

Specific Job Responsibilities include: Share research findings by writing scientific articles or by making presentations at scientific conferences. Prepare reports or recommendations, based upon research outcomes. Teach or advise undergraduate or graduate students or supervise their research. Manage laboratory teams or monitor the quality of a team's work. Isolate, analyze, or synthesize vitamins, hormones, allergens, minerals, or enzymes and determine their effects on body functions. Develop new methods to study the mechanisms of biological processes. Design or perform experiments with equipment such as lasers, accelerators, or mass spectrometers. Research the chemical effects of substances, such as drugs, serums, hormones, or food, on tissues or vital processes.

Ph.D. in Chemistry and/or Chemical Biology with at least five years of work experience on performing medicinal chemistry, preferably experiments either independently or in collaboration with Supervisor/Director. The candidate must be able to undertake full-time research, together with scholarship, and work independently on projects and tasks that are assigned by Supervisor/Director.

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Additional Information:
Bouve College of Health Sciences has over 200 faculty members, with approximately 2,000 undergraduate and 2,400 graduate students. It is the leading national model for education and research in the health, psychosocial and biomedical sciences and supports the University's mission of educating students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment and creating and translating knowledge to meet global and societal needs. Within Bouve, the Behrakis Health Sciences Center houses a state of the art human performance and exercise laboratory with teaching and research space, including fully equipped exercise stress testing stations, metabolic carts, Lunar DEXA machine, an underwater weighing tank, Cybex and Keiser strength and power equipment, wet lab facilities for blood processing and muscle biopsies. The Arnold S. Goldstein Simulation Laboratories Suite, opened in 2013, provides a state-of-the-art simulation center for interprofessional education.

Northeastern University is on an exciting trajectory of growth and innovation. The University is a leader in inter- disciplinary research, urban engagement, experiential learning, and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience. Northeastern University is home to 20,000 students and to the nation's premier cooperative education program. The past decade has witnessed a dramatic increase in Northeastern's international reputation for research and innovative educational programs. A heightened focus on interdisciplinary research and scholarship is driving a faculty hiring initiative at Northeastern, advancing its position amongst the nation's top research universities. Northeastern University is situated on the Avenue of the Arts in Boston's historic Back Bay, four blocks from the Longwood Medical Area, encompassing Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston, Brigham & Women's Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and eight blocks from the Boston Medical Center.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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