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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts
Date Posted September 17, 2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline 12/11/2020
Job no: 503899
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Bouve College of Health Sciences

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The same commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. Northeastern pursues advanced research in security and materials at the Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, and in coastal sustainability at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.

About the Opportunity:

The Northeastern University Fellowship Program provides a dynamic academic environment offering fellows the opportunity for a wide breadth of experiences:

  • Develop teaching skills through participation in our Teaching and Learning Seminar series
  • Facilitate small and large group didactic education in partnership with a faculty mentor
  • Utilize a layered learning model in experiential education by co-precepting students on pharmacy practice experiences including Northeastern’s unique co-op program
  • Create, present, and publish scholarly research through collaborative industry and university relationships
  • Engage with faculty who participate in various interdisciplinary graduate programs including biotechnology, nanomedicine, immunology, health informatics, and drug discovery
  • Network with area residents and other Northeastern fellows via professional development programs, teaching seminars, and participation on fellowship committees

About bluebird bio

At bluebird bio, we’re pioneering the uniquely promising world of gene therapy with a deep sense of purpose – with the goal that people will live their lives fully. To do it, we’re developing investigational gene therapies for severe genetic disease and cancer, while working to radically improve healthcare systems. Our ambition is to recode science, systems and the status quo – for life.

We are 1000+ employees with 4 locations across the US & Europe working towards 4 potential product approvals by 2022 and advancing a pipeline to tackle a range of severe diseases.

We pride ourselves on having a unique and caring culture that drives our success. A diverse flock of individual birds, we share common DNA that helps us build meaningful relationships with industry, patient & advocacy groups and the healthcare community.


Global Medical Affairs

Focus – Scientific Communications

The 2-year fellowship in Medical Affairs, with a focus in Scientific Communications, offers a great opportunity for PharmDs to gain experience in a biopharmaceutical company, and continue to develop their clinical and scientific knowledge by being a part of the Medical Affairs team. During the program, fellows will work collaboratively and cross-functionally within the Global Medical Affairs team – the first year will be spent in Global Scientific Communications and the second year will include rotations of up to 6 months in at least 2 different functional areas within Medical Affairs (Real World Evidence, Patient Advocacy, Medical Information, and/or Medical Director’s Office) to allow the fellow to gain a well‑rounded experience in Medical Affairs.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support the planning and development of medical communication and publication strategies and tactics

  • Build, update, and maintain the Scientific Platform for assigned therapeutic area through cross-functional collaboration

  • Develop high-visibility scientific abstracts, posters, presentations and manuscripts to share ground-breaking new clinical data

  • Design and develop medical communication tactics including medical FAQs, internal and external training slide decks

  • Develop key tactics for medical congresses, including Medical Affairs booth educational content development, symposia planning, and vendor management

  • Participate and contribute in other functional areas within Medical Affairs as part of rotational experience


Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited institution, eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in the State of Massachusetts.

Preferred Qualifications:

Excellent oral and written communication, time management, and leadership skills, ability to work independently and take initiative on a variety of projects at the industry site and Northeastern.


Salary Grade:


Additional Information:

Applicants should submit the following APPLICATION MATERIALS by the priority deadline of November 15, 2020:

1. Curriculum vitae (CV), uploaded
2. Unofficial PharmD transcripts, uploaded
3. Cover letter, uploaded

Three formal letters of recommendation (LORs) sent directly from the letter writer to PharmDFellowships@northeastern.edu by December 4, 2020. LOR writers should include the candidate’s name and fellowship program(s) in the subject line (e.g. Smith, John – bluebird bio, GSK).

Address cover letter and three LORs to:

J. Andrew Orr-Skirvin, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Professor, School of Pharmacy
Chair, Department of Pharmacy & Health System Sciences
Director of Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program
360 Huntington Ave, 140TF R218
Boston, MA 02115

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity.

Advertised: 17 Sep 2020 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 11 Dec 2020 Eastern Standard Time

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