Postdoctoral Research Associate
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,
About the Opportunity:
The Tian Environmental and Analytical Chemistry Lab at Northeastern
University seeks one enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to start
ideally in late 2021. The research focus will be on developing and
applying mass spectrometry and spectroscopic methods to understand
the environmental occurrences and risks of organic contaminants.
Specific projects may involve developing pyrolysis-GC-MS methods
for environmental micro/nanoplastics, developing LC-HRMS non-target
analysis method for chemicals in environmental samples and consumer
products, and combining chemical, biological, and computational
tools for chemical risk assessment. Other potential projects that
align with our general direction are also possible.
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
- The candidate should have strong problem-solving skills,
communication skills, and be highly motivated.
- Demonstrated research experiences environmental chemistry or
analytical chemistry, preferably with small molecule pollutants or
- Extensive hands-on experience with mass spectrometric and
spectroscopic instruments (GC-MS, LC-MS, IR, Raman).
- Expertise in metabolomics data analysis or computational mass
spectrometry will be a plus.
The candidate should have a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry,
environmental sciences, environmental engineering, geochemistry or
a closely related field.
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
The position will be available starting December, 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.
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
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