Postdoctoral Research Associate

Northeastern University

About the Opportunity

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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Materials Chemistry The Biomaterials Design Group led by Leila Deravi in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University seeks an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher in the field of optical materials. The primary responsibility of the postdoc is to perform and communicate the research, where the focus of the research will be to generate nano- and micro-particles from organic biomolecules and to investigate their structure and optical function. The candidate should have a strong background in materials chemistry and be familiar with creating and characterizing particles using optical spectroscopy and electron microscopy. A basic understanding of organic chemistry, optics, and electronics as it relates to particle design and synthesis strategies will be required. Experience with particle modeling would be a bonus. The candidate should have an interest in managing highly collaborative research efforts with chemists, biologists, and engineers. It is expected that the postdoc will contribute to research grant proposals and reports, write manuscripts, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students. The appointment is for one year and may be extended pending regular progress evaluation.

Applicants should provide a resume/CV and a brief cover letter summarizing their technical background and research interests.


Ph.D. in chemistry, environmental science, materials science/engineering or related field; strong technical expertise and demonstrated independence in the design and execution of experiments. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills and proven track record of mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students.


1) Assist in initiating, executing, and completing research and experiments.

2) Prepare and write research papers, presentations, grant proposals, etc.

3) Assist in laboratory management.

4) Train graduate students.


Applications should contain a cover letter briefly describing candidate’s background and specific research 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 immediately.

The position will be available starting immediately, and the appointment will be for one year, renewable for an additional 1-2 years, depending on continuation of funding.

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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.

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