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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Work type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: College of Engineering

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:

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to apply advanced optical microscopy for investigating disease-related changes in cerebral energy metabolism, neurovascular signaling, and neuroimmune interactions. The postdoctoral fellow will develop and apply novel optical microscopy technologies to explore these pathophysiological hallmarks at the cellular level in preclinical rodent models of Alzheimer’s disease. The fellow will also determine how prospective preventative and therapeutic methods influence cerebral metabolism and neuroimmunity. Additional responsibilities include assistance with lab management, ordering supplies, maintaining protocols, writing manuscripts and training both graduate and undergraduate students.


  • Assist in initiating, executing, and completing preclinical research and experiments (70%)             
  • Prepare and write research papers, presentations (20%)
  • Laboratory management (10%)
  • Train graduate students (5%)                                                           


Prospective candidates must be highly motivated with strong technical skills and experience with biomedical optics. A Ph.D. in engineering, physics, neuroscience, or related field, is required. Strong analytical skills, independent motivation, and creativity are essential for this project.

Proficiency with programming (primarily MATLAB and C/C++), willingness to work with animal models, and strong written and oral English communication skills are required. Applicants must be able to undertake substantially full-time research or scholarship.

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates should be enthusiastic about working in a fast-paced, interdisciplinary environment. The successful candidate will be able to work both independently and collaboratively. Detailed knowledge of optical imaging techniques such as multiphoton microscopy or optical coherence tomography and/or neuroscience is a considerable asset, as is experience with animal experiments.


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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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