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Research Scientist - Chemistry/Biochemistry

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Jul 31, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Chemistry & Biochemistry
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Research Scientist - Chemistry/Biochemistry

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:
The Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security of Northeastern University is seeking an enthusiastic Research Scientist in the field of chemistry/biochemistry. The primary responsibility of the candidate is to oversee, execute, and communicate research across multiple projects and interdisciplinary teams. The candidate should have a strong background in chemistry/biochemistry and be familiar with designing, fabricating, and characterizing materials over multiple spatial scales (from nano- to centi-meter). A basic understanding of materials design, engineering, and spectroscopy will be required. The candidate should have an interest in managing highly collaborative research efforts with scientists and engineers. It is expected that the candidate will also contribute to, and lead research grant/proposals and reports, write manuscripts, and provide technical oversight of junior team members. Hands-on experience in test/validation of materials using MIL-STD, ISO, and ASTM standards is a plus.

This position is located on Northeastern University's Innovation Campus at Burlington, MA with travel to the main university campus in downtown Boston or regional campuses as needed. The position is with the Kostas Research Institute and will report to the Chief Technology Officer. Close partnership with, and support of the KRI Senior Scientists for DoD contracts is required.


Research & Development
  • Conduct laboratory experiments in the development of novel, functional materials by leveraging the fields of analytical and synthetic chemistry with appropriate analytical testing and characterization; this role will require the initiation, execution, and completion of research and experiments and prototype development
  • Prepare and write grants, patents, and summary presentations
  • Assist in the development of baseline materials science capability to include project ideation, instrumentation acquisition and developing industry contacts
  • Engage in technical communication/discussion with both internal and external collaborators to develop and scale early stage products
  • Document and effectively communicate research results to the business leadership and external parties as required
  • Laboratory management; including providing technical oversight for laboratory technical staff and junior research team members

Obtain Research Funding
  • Write and/or contribute to research proposals and develop budgets and other technical project related materials
  • Develop relationships, funding pipelines, and provide opportunities to further NU and KRI, LLC goals and objectives

  • Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, materials science/engineering or related field
  • Eligibility for National Security Clearance
  • 2+ years' experience with biotechnology and bioanalytical techniques; characterizing materials over multiple spatial scales (from nano- to centi-meter)
  • Understanding of materials design, engineering, and spectroscopy
  • Proven track record of ability to manage and prioritize assigned tasks/projects simultaneously through communication with engineers/scientists/interns to meet the overall expectations and needs of the company
  • Strong technical expertise and demonstrated independence in the design and execution of experiments
  • Excellent communication skills including oral presentations and written technical reports
  • Experience representing the company at off-site locations with customers

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience executing DoD sponsored programs
  • Experience in test/validation of materials using MIL-STD, ISO, and ASTM standards

Salary Grade:

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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