Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environmental/Analytical Chemistry

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
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Northeastern University
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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 undergraduate students.


The candidate should have a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, geochemistry or a closely related field.

  • 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 polymers.
  • 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.

How to Apply:

Please apply via the Northeastern Careers website:

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 immediately.

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.

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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