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Research Associate - Emerging Technologies in Materials

Research Associate – Emerging Materials Technologies (Boston or New York City)

Lux Research is actively looking for smart; technology-minded individuals who are looking to explore employment opportunities outside of a lab or engineering setting!  This position is a great opportunity for recent graduates with 0-5 years’ experience who are looking to use their science or engineering education in a business environment, helping to advise some of the world leading company on their innovation strategy.

Lux Research’s Accelerating Materials Innovation team scouts emerging materials technologies such as graphene, functional coatings, carbon-fiber composite, 3D printing, metamaterials, materials informatics, synthetic biology, bio-based polymers and more. We tackle issues like the needs for sustainability and the circular economy, the growing role of digital tools in materials development and use, and corporate strategy for the chemicals and materials industry and its customers.  We’re aggressively seeking Research Associates to support our research in this field!

Research Associates spend most of their time conducting interviews with leading start-ups and technology developers; identifying and analyzing patents, scientific publications, and financial transactions; following news, talking with thought-leaders, and attending conferences and events to stay on top of the latest innovation. They draw on this work to analyze emerging companies and trends in written research reports and in presentations to or discussions with clients.


  • Conduct primary and extensive secondary research on emerging materials topics drawing on diverse sources, including business and trade press articles, scientific publications, patent filings, venture capital transactions, and conference presentations.
  • Arrange and conduct interviews with executives at leading innovative start-ups
  • Perform thorough analysis of the technical value and business execution for emerging material companies
  • Author descriptive documents that profile the activities of start-up companies, large corporations, and research laboratories.
  • Assist with the production of research reports and other client deliverables.
  • Help manage the operations of a rapidly-growing, geographically-dispersed team.
  • With experience, meet and discuss with clients – mostly executives responsible for innovation at large companies – to answer their questions about growth opportunities in tech innovation


  • Undergraduate degree with outstanding record of academic achievement and a major in a relevant STEM field is required. Master and/or 1-2 years of work experience is a plus.
  • Deep intellectual curiosity about emerging technologies and passion for discussing them with internal colleagues and external clients on a daily basis.
  • Willingness to do whatever it takes to meet client needs in a fast-moving, rapidly growing, start-up like environment.
  • Entrepreneurial, enthusiastic, collegial, and collaborative approach to work. 
  • High degree of organization and attention to detail; ability to juggle multiple tasks.
  • Ability to write clearly and incisively about business and technical topics, and desire to refine presentation and public speaking skills to present on such topics to executive audiences.
  • Superior listening and critical thinking skills, and ability to speak articulately and think on your feet; a good sense of humor is a major plus.
  • Strong analytical skill, both qualitative and quantitative.
  • Fluency in spoken and written Mandarin, Japanese or Korean is desirable; Western European or Middle Eastern language skills are also desirable. English fluency is a must.
  • Excellent office software skills (Excel proficiency required) and ability to touch type.

Other qualifying information:

  • We are seeking candidates immediately available for work in either our New York City or Boston offices.
  • This role is an entry-level position not appropriate for Ph.D.s or post-docs.
  • We are seeking candidates authorized to work in the U.S. for an indefinite period of time.
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