Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Postdoctoral Research Associate
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About the Opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Associate: Computational Chemistry. The Lopez group (Northeastern University) seeks an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher with a background in theoretical chemistry and/or machine learning. This NSF-funded project focuses on using in silico screening and cheminformatics to identify next-generation organic photoredox catalysts. These catalysts are low-cost and require mild reaction conditions, offering a possibility to replace Earth-rare metal catalysts (i.e., Pd and Pt). The candidate should have a strong background in theoretical chemistry, and or organic chemistry with experience in managing collaborative efforts with experimentalists. The focus of the research will be to elucidate the mechanisms of light-promoted pericyclic cascade reactions. The candidate should be familiar with Density Functional Theory computations for molecular ground- and excited-state structures to deepen the understanding of electronic transitions in organic substrates and the role of substituent effects on reactivities and selectivities.
Responsibilities: The primary responsibility of the postdoc is to perform and communicate the research. It is expected that the postdoc will contribute to research grant proposals, write manuscripts, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students. The appointment is for one year and may be extended pending regular progress evaluation.
Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in chemistry, theoretical, data science or related field; strong technical expertise and demonstrated independence in the design and theoretical characterization of organic and or organometallic ground- and excited states, including reaction mechanism determination. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, familiarity with Python, and proven track record of mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students.
Salary Grade: 10
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.
Applications should contain a cover letter briefly describing candidate's background and interests, a full resume and the names and contact information of three references who might be contacted for recommendations. Review of applications will begin immediately.
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.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.