Postdoctoral Fellowships at Harvard University Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences/Origins of Life Initiative

Harvard University Post-doctoral Fellow positions available for Chemistry or Physics or Computer Science Ph.D.’s to work in a project on the "Top-down Synthesis of Biologically Inspired Chemically Operated Systems" led by Dr. Juan Perez-Mercader in Harvard's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and within Harvard University's Origins of Life Initiative.

We have several positions available for recent Ph.D.’s to become involved in experimental work on (1) Chemically Induced Cooperative Phenomena, (2) Physics of Polymersomes and Self-Replication, (3) Polymerization Induced Self-assembly and (4) Oscillatory Chemical Reactions. 

We also have positions in our group to work on (5) Computing with Chemistry. We are looking for individuals familiar with analytical as well as numerical experience in this (or an ancillary) topic and willing to establish a dialog with others already involved in ongoing experimental, theoretical and/or phenomenological work.

These positions 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 (limited to one page) statement of his or her scientific interests to Juan Perez-Mercader ( with copy to Ms. Jennifer Kennedy Scala ( .  The three letters of recommendation must be sent directly from the authors to Juan Perez-Mercader.  Evaluation of the applications received before August 30, 2017 will begin immediately and decisions made by the end of September 2017 or earlier.  For additional information you may address your specific questions by getting in touch with us through our web page e-mail link


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