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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Apply now Job no: 502098
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Provost’s Office

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The same commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. Northeastern pursues advanced research in security and materials at the Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, and in coastal sustainability at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.


About the Opportunity:

Northeastern University invites applications from candidates in all disciplines represented at Northeastern University to apply for the Future Faculty Fellowship Program.

Northeastern University’s mission emphasizes translational research that addresses global challenges and enhances social wellbeing. Northeastern University strives to create a vibrant and diverse community, characterized by collaboration, creativity, and unwavering commitment to excellence. Consistent with Northeastern’s mission, vision, and core values, the objectives of the Future Faculty Fellowship Program are to:

• Encourage and promote excellence and diversity in the pool of future faculty candidates

• Introduce Northeastern’s academic community to postdoctoral researchers who are considering faculty careers

• Enhance opportunities for academic careers for persons from diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated a commitment to an inclusive faculty and an inclusive academic experience for all students

• Prepare Future Faculty Fellows for possible tenure-track appointments at Northeastern

• Enhance the academic environment of Northeastern by providing opportunities for students and faculty to gain experience in multi-cultural, broadly diverse and inclusive work settings and research collaborations that improve the capacity of all their members




The Future Faculty Fellow will perform basic or applied research of a limited scope appropriate for a one-year appointment. The research will use, primarily, existing theories and methods. The Fellow will maintain the laboratory (if utilized) and may exercise functional supervision over supporting research staff. The appointment generally does not extend beyond one year and does not require teaching.

- The research project(s) to be carried out by the Fellow may be conducted in collaboration with the Northeastern University Principal Investigator(s) of the host lab(s). Fellows are especially encouraged to pursue independent research.

- The Fellow must present at least one research seminar or colloquium on the Northeastern University campus and one at a national or international conference during the academic year of the Fellowship.

- The Fellow is encouraged to participate in grant proposal writing, in addition to the customary activities of postdoctoral fellows: research, publication, and presentation.


A prospective Fellow must have completed their Ph.D. by the start of their fellowship term and no earlier than four years before the start of the fellowship term, and be a citizen or permanent resident of the US. Newly awarded Future Faculty Fellows may not be a currently employed Northeastern University postdoctoral scholar or Ph.D. student.

Required Documents:
1. Cover letter, including a proposed start date
2. Statement (2-4 pages) describing in detail how the applicant’s academic,  employment, personal experience, achievements, and career goals demonstrate a commitment to the program objectives described above
3. A complete curriculum vitae
4. A research proposal for the Fellowship year (3-5 pages)
5. At least three letters of recommendation from faculty outside Northeastern
6. Letter(s) of commitment from Northeastern University faculty member(s) who will serve as mentors and hosts. As an applicant, you can identify and contact Northeastern faculty members and request a letter of commitment or contact the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the college for a recommendation. See the ADVANCE office website ( for more information).

Applicants are asked to submit all materials online through the Northeastern Human Resources application system with letters of commitment sent directly to Erinn Taylor de Barroso, Assistant Director of the ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development, Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.




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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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