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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Chemistry

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Chemistry
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience/grant
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General Summary of Position:

The Department of Chemistry at University Massachusetts Lowell is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to assist in studies related to developing a electrochemical biosensor for the detection of pathogenic bacteria in water and food. Experience on developing electroanalytical analytical assays for bacteria sensing is desirable but not essential. Previous experience in biosensing, electroanalysis, or immunoassays is however essential.

The principal role of the Postdoctoral Research Associate is to work on the project alongside the principal investigator. More specifically, the Postdoctoral Research Associate will a) perform major research activities of the research project, b) prepare technical reports, conference presentations and manuscripts for publication based on the results of research activities, and c) develop and write future research proposals.

Essential Job Duties:

  1. Design, develop and validate electrochemical assays for detection of bacteria in water and food
  2. Design and fabricate an electrochemical biosensor
  3. Preparation of technical reports, manuscripts for publications, presentations for technical conferences and proposal
  4. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be expected to perform other activities related to the development of the program in future and collaborative research projects such as help develop proposals in related fields and mentor students

Minimum Qualifications (Required):


  • PhD in Chemistry, Engineering or Biology


  • Development of (bio)analytical assays
  • Prior experience on the development of assays for bacteria sensing is desirable but not essential


  • Knowledge and familiarity with bioanalytical techniques
  • Familiarity with fabrication of electroanalytical devices is desirable but not essential

Additional Considerations: 

  • Experience with a number of spectroscopic and microscopic techniques, optical and electronic instrumentation

Impact of Actions: Recommendations on how to move the experiments and the investigations forward.

Complexity: Activities are research based and are not routine

Supervision Exercised: Interact with students  and mentor them

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, the posting may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.

This position is contingent upon funding. The initial appointment will be for ONE year with a possibility of renewal based on productivity and performance and the availability of funding.

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.  Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.  



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