Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job Description

About the Opportunity

The Wales Lab at Northeastern University seeks an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to start in October 2023The primary responsibility of the postdoc is to perform basic or applied research of a limited scope, primarily using existing theories and methods, ensuring that the research is complete.  The candidate will assist the supervisor in the interpretation and publication of results and grants, assist in maintaining the laboratory, and may exercise functional supervision over supporting research staff.  The appointment is for two years and may be extended for an additional 1-2 years, depending on continuation of funding and regular progress evaluation. 


(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) Help train students.


The candidate should have strong problem-solving skills and be highly motivated.  The candidate must have a Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, structural biology or a closely-related field.  Previous experience with structural analysis (x-ray, NMR or cryoEM) of proteins, experience with protein aggregation, lipid membranes (vesicles and protein:ligand interactions), DNA manipulation, cloning/vector preparation and protein purification are all preferred.  The candidate should have hands-on experience with ESI-Qtof and ESI-Tof mass spectrometers and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry for the analysis of protein conformation.  A demonstrated proficiency in protein chemistry and protein biophysical analysis are also preferred.  Prior experience with hydrogen/deuterium exchange mass spectrometry and/or proteomics is not required but would be valuable should it exist.  A willingness to learn hydrogen/deuterium exchange mass spectrometry and other structural methods to augment existing protein knowledge will be needed.  Technical expertise in modern chromatography methodologies and techniques, good computer skills and data analysis experience are all desirable.  The best candidates will have excellent communication, organization, and time management skills.

How to Apply:

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 initial appointment is for two years, with the potential for extension depending on regular progress evaluation and 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.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see .

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