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Research Scientist/Engineer, Interdisciplinary Engineering and Data Science

Apply now Job no: 507333
Position Type: Staff
Location: Portland, ME Campus
Categories: Regional Campuses

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:

Northeastern University invites applications for one or more Research Scientist positions in the field of Interdisciplinary Engineering and Data Science with a demonstrated entrepreneurial mindset, located at The Roux Institute at Northeastern University, in Portland, Maine. The successful candidate will be named as an “Institute Member” at the Roux Institute.

As an independent contributor to the Engineering research mission, the Research Scientist will contribute to research programs in data-driven approaches for interdisciplinary engineering. Successful candidates will emphasize at least one of the following domains: mechanics and physics-based models and data science in engineering in systems of fluids, solids, motions, thermodynamics, biophysics, and electrostatics. Areas of research will focus on data-driven methods in broad areas of engineering including, but not limited to, Engineering Design, Energy, Computer Engineering, Power Electronics, Bioengineering, Ergonomic, Human Factors, Engineering of health systems, Manufacturing, Robotics, Autonomy, Internet of Things, and Cybersecurity. An effective research program will execute use-inspired discovery with an entrepreneurial mindset that develops science and solutions that matter to society and impact the Maine economy. The research is positioned in the fields of interdisciplinary Engineering and Data Science.


Research Scientists will contribute to a portfolio of highly matrixed collaborations on the Institute campus in Portland, ME, and beyond and will have an opportunity to build their own research projects. Collaborators will include faculty and professional research staff at The Roux Institute, faculty across the Northeastern network, and industry researchers who may be co-located at the Institute or located at their own company. The Northeastern University research network available includes the collection of highly innovative university institutes, including the Institute for Experiential Artificial Intelligence, the Institute for Experiential Robotics, the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things, and the Institute for Chemical Imaging of Living Systems.

The Roux Institute is designed as an engine of innovation, talent, and economic growth in Portland, the state of Maine, and the region. Partnership is what sets our education and research model apart. With leading companies at the table from day one, we are creating an agile workforce prepared to thrive in a competitive landscape powered by artificial intelligence as a force for good and an environment for innovation in the life sciences and other high-growth sectors.


Required Qualifications

• Ph.D. or other terminal degrees in engineering or related fields

• Demonstrated track record of scholarly achievement and scientific/engineering impact with a commensurate publication history and/or demonstrated record of translating scientific/engineering discovery to society

• Experience with the application of data science to engineering applications

• Excellent communication skills across diverse audiences and settings. Ability to work in a fast-paced and innovative environment. Adaptability. Experience working as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

• Ability to work effectively within entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary teams or researchers

Desired Qualifications:

• 5 years of industrial experience in engineering and science

• Demonstrated experience moving technologies through Technology Readiness Levels

• Post-doctoral training in a relevant engineering discipline

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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.

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

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