Surface Chemist / Nanomaterials Scientist

Job Location US-MA-Cambridge
Posted Date 2 months ago(12/11/2017 4:12 PM)
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We are seeking a chemist, surface chemist, or materials scientist with experience in chemical modification of surfaces and/or nanomaterials with small molecules, DNA, and/or biomolecules using primarily solution-phase methods and in the development of stable functionalized nanomaterial formulations. The potential candidate must thrive amidst a multidisciplinary team comprising skills in microfluidics, microfabrication, instrumentation, biology, mechanical and electrical engineering, and more. Experience with and the ability to contribute to efforts in these other disciplines is desirable.

The position will involve design and execution of orthogonal surface chemistries to functionalize nanomaterials (nanoparticles and nanorods), nanopatterned substrates, and microfluidic devices.  The candidate should be well-versed in surface/nanomaterials characterization techniques (RAMAN, FTIR, DLS, SEM, AFM).  

Knowledge of click chemistry or noncovalent interaction chemistries (e.g., biotin/streptavidin, double-stranded DNA) is desirable, as is experience with fluidic manipulation and detection of micro/nanoscale objects/molecules in micro fluidic systems, using acoustics, (di)electrophoresis, magnetics, etc. Experience with plasma modification/deposition of surfaces, adhesion/bonding of surfaces, and cell adhesive and non-adhesive modifications is a plus.



  • Design and execute experiments for selective modifications of surfaces
  • Chemical modification of nanomaterials, patterned substrates, and microfluidic devices
  • Development and characterization of stable nanomaterial solutions
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team



  • M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, or related discipline and 5+ years direct and demonstrated experience in a laboratory/R&D setting. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of nanomaterials and surface chemistry and a demonstrated ability to innovate. 
  • Additionally, he/she will be a self-starter with excellent oral and written communication skills, have the ability to solve complex problems with minimal supervision, and be able to interface with all levels of internal management as well as program sponsors and subcontractors. 
  •  Applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident.


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