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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Jul 29, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Chemistry & Biochemistry
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Full Time
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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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 Dong Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Lab at Northeastern University seeks 1-2 enthusiastic postdoctoral researchers to start ideally in early 2021. The research focus will be on developing and applying first-principles-based and data-driven computational methods to understand multiscale processes, from electronic structures to emergent and macroscopic properties of molecules and materials for renewable energy, biomedicine, and other areas of societal importance. Specific projects may involve developing multiscale simulation methods that bridge a large range of temporal and spatial scales, developing novel ways to combine quantum chemical methods and machine learning, and applying existing and new computational methods to study multiscale processes in catalysis and photochemistry. Other projects that align with our general interest are also possible. Please see for further details.

The primary responsibility of the postdoc is to conduct research. The postdoc is also expected to write research papers, present research at meetings, contribute to research proposals, manage research data and software, and assist in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

The candidate should have strong problem-solving skills and be highly motivated. Programming skills (Python or Fortran preferred, but not required) are desired. Experiences with catalysis (biological, homogeneous, or heterogeneous), excited-state simulation methods, multiscale simulations (broadly defined), molecular dynamics simulations, sampling techniques, or machine learning are big pluses. The candidate should have good communication skills, both oral and written.

Preferred Qualifications:
The candidate should have a Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, materials science, chemical engineering, bioengineering, or a closely related field.

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How to Apply:
Applications should contain a cover letter briefly describing candidate's research experience and interests, a full CV with a publication list, Ph.D. completion date, and the names and contact information for three references who might be contacted for recommendations. Review of applications will begin immediately.

The position will be available starting January 2021 and will remain open until filled. The initial appointment is for one year, with the potential for extension depending on regular progress evaluation and continuation of funding. It is generally expected that the appointment will be extended for at least one additional year if the progress evaluation is satisfactory.

Additional Information:
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.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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