Post-doctoral Fellow

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
Salary commensurate with experience.
January 12 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Harvard University Post-doctoral Fellow position is available for Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Ph.D.'s interested to work on the "Top-down Synthesis of Biologically Inspired Chemically Operated Systems" in Dr. Juan Perez-Mercader’s laboratory in Harvard's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and within Harvard University's Origins of Life Initiative. 

The position is available for recent Ph.D.'s to become involved and carry out research doing experimental or computer modelling/phenomenology work on any of the following: (1) Polymer Chemistry and Self-assembly (e.g., PISA), (2) Non-biochemical but Chemically Induced Collective Phenomena, (3) Non-biochemical Self-replicating Chemical Systems, (4) Development of Non-biochemical Chemical Computation and (5) Non-biochemical Adaptive Chemical Systems. 

This position will be initially awarded for one year and, contingent upon strong performance, may be renewed for up to two additional years. Those interested in applying are invited to send a copy of their CV, three letters of recommendation and a short  statement of his or her scientific interests and description of their proposed work (limited to one page and specifically addressing only one of the five topics above) to Juan Perez-Mercader ( with a copy to Jennifer Scala ( The three letters of recommendation must be from established researchers, including their current supervisor, and sent directly from the authors to Juan Perez-Mercader. 

Decision on the award will start to be made by February 28, 2021. The start of work date will be contingent on US Immigration status of the awardee and on applicable Harvard University COVID-19 restrictions.

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, strongly encouraging applications from women and minority scientists, and offering competitive compensation and benefits.

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