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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jan 19, 2024

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

About the Opportunity


The Dong Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Lab at Northeastern University seeks an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to start as soon as possible. The research focus will be on developing and applying first-principles-based and data-driven computational methods to understand multiscale processes and to accelerate chemical discoveries for renewable energy, biomedicine, and other areas of societal importance. Coding and/or machine learning experiences are highly valued. Specific projects may involve developing multiscale simulation methods for quantum mechanical properties of macromolecules, developing novel ways to combine quantum chemical methods and machine learning, developing quantum algorithms for computational chemistry on quantum computers, 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.


Applications should contain a cover letter briefly describing the candidate's research experience and interests, a full CV with a publication list, names of at least three references, and Ph.D. completion date. Review of applications will be on a rolling basis.

The position 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.


A Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, materials science, chemical engineering, bioengineering, or a closely related field.

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, machine learning, or quantum computing are big pluses. The candidate should have good communication skills, both oral and written, and are willing to work in a multidisciplinary environment.

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Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit for more 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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