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CUNY Postdoctoral Fellow (Research Associate) - Nanoscience Initiative in New York, New York

Postdoctoral Fellow (Research Associate) - Nanoscience Initiative

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Graduate Center

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Conducts academic research in connection with CUNY programs; may assist faculty, staff, and students in conducting research and lead research efforts involving others.

  • Develops research plans and proposals and participates in acquiring funding

  • Collects, analyzes, and assures validity of data

  • Writes progress reports; writes and publishes findings

  • Collaborates with internal and external colleagues

  • Adheres to standards for safety and hygiene and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties


Research Associate




The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives. The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

The mission of the Graduate Center’s Wellness Center has two important components. The first is to support and enhance the wellbeing and success of graduate students at the Graduate Center through excellent psychological counseling and referral services, outreach, and health education. The second component is to provide excellent clinical training to student mental health clinicians. Infused through all we do are our commitments to multicultural humility and equity.

The ASRC seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow to work in Chris DelRe’s group. The research group will engineer new materials based on confined proteins or polymers for energy, medicine, or sustainability applications. The candidate will work in one or more of the following research areas: polymer physics, polymer chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and protein science. The candidate can direct their own project and assist on others’ projects. Candidates are expected to prepare publications and conference talks as well as mentor graduate students. More information about Chris’s group can be found at . The start date is flexible but ideally will be some time before September 2023.

The position will be for two years, up to August 2025, with a possibility of renewal for an additional two years if expectations are met and funding is available.

Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.

Until further notice, this is a hybrid position, eligible to work remotely and in the office.


Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.


Doctoral degree in one of the following fields (or a related field): Chemistry, Biochemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biology. Doctoral degree should be obtained within five years of appointment to this position. Experience with common materials characterization techniques such as X-ray/neutron scattering, electron microscopy, NMR, and calorimetry is desired.


$58,400-$65,000/year, commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY’s benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.

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After 365 days of employment, the employee will have the option of either remaining in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan or selecting a different health plan within 30 days before the end of the 365th day period.

If a new health plan is selected, the new plan will be effective on the 366th day.

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CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans. Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.


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Open until filled with review of applications to begin on January 2, 2023


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