Postdoctoral Research Associate

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 18, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

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 Minkara Lab at Bioengineering, College of Engineering, is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to apply computational techniques to investigate the composition, structure, and function of pulmonary surfactant moieties. The postdoctoral fellow will develop and apply novel and existing chemical simulation techniques to probe atomic and molecular behavior at the lung air-water interface. Additional responsibilities include assisting with lab management, developing protocols, writing manuscripts and training both graduate and undergraduate students.

  • Assist in initiating, executing, and completing computational research and experiments (65%)
  • Prepare and write research papers and presentations (20%)
  • Laboratory management (10%)
  • Train graduate and undergraduate students (5%)

Prospective candidates must be highly motivated with strong technical skills and experience with computational modeling. A Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, bioengineering, or a related field, is required. Strong analytical skills, independent motivation, and creativity are essential for this project.

Experience with molecular simulations and calculations (molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo, molecular docking), experience with scientific/engineering programming (primarily Bash scripting, python, and FORTRAN), and strong written and oral English communication skills are required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates should be enthusiastic about working in a fast-paced, interdisciplinary environment. The successful candidate will be able to work both independently and collaboratively. Knowledge of protein chemistry, lung surfactants, statistical thermodynamics, biomaterials, and/or interfacial phenomena is preferred.

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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.

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