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Research Access Assistant

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

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Chemistry & Biochemistry
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Full Time
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Research Access Assistant

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
To learn more about Dr. Minkara and the Combine Lab visit

Dr. Mona Minkara, a blind Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Northeastern University, is seeking a full-time Research Access Assistant (RAA) to assist in conducting computational research and with teaching. This role contains the responsibilities of both a researcher and an access assistant. The research component entails assisting with submitting computational chemistry simulations, writing/testing/running programs to analyze data, and writing/creating scientific figures, publications, and presentations. The individual will also assist with Dr. Minkara's teaching by helping to prepare materials, reviewing content with Dr. Minkara, and supporting activities in the classroom. The access assistant responsibilities include helping to find, research, describe, and communicate complex scientific information to Dr. Minkara. This access assistant will also help +with general accessibility tasks related to her disability. In this unique job position, science and accessibility are inherently intertwined, so the ideal candidate must possess skills relevant to both computational research and accessibly conveying information to blind individuals. The RAA will work with Dr. Minkara at all stages of the scientific process; from conception to publication, which will require the candidate to effectively communicate with both a general audience, through created materials, and a blind audience, when working with Dr. Minkara to create the materials. Assist with general accessibility work-related tasks related to her disability. Job candidates must demonstrate a willingness to learn how to assist blind individuals.

Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or a related field required.
● Experience with computer programming is required.
● Experience with Linux OS and/or high-performance computing systems is preferred.
● Previous experience with computational chemistry research is preferred.
● Experience with primary literature searching and reviewing.
● Experience making high quality figures and graphics using Matplotlib and/or Xmgrace preferred.
● Experience making conference quality posters and presentations preferred.
● Experience with LaTEX and Adobe Creative Suite preferred.
● Excellent Microsoft Office skills.
● Excellent Google Suite skills.
● Excellent communication, descriptive, and interpersonal skills.
● Excellent organization skills.
● Good attention to detail and note-taking ability.
● Open to learn how to work with visually disabled individuals is required.

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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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