Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Sep 30, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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

    Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
    Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. In addition to clinical development programs in cystic fibrosis (CF), Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs focused on the underlying mechanisms of other rare diseases.

    Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, our corporate headquarters is now located in Boston's Innovation District, and our international headquarters is in London, United Kingdom. We currently employ approximately 2,500 people in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia and Latin America with nearly two-thirds of our staff dedicated to research and development.

    At Vertex, we have some of the industry's best and brightest people helping us achieve our mission of discovering transformative medicines to help people with serious diseases. We depend on a talented global workforce to lead the charge as we work toward developing tomorrow's breakthrough medicines. The broad background possessed by a Pharm.D. graduate is highly valued in the Biopharmaceutical Industry, and certainly here at Vertex.

    Modeling & Simulation
    Pharmacy Postdoctoral Fellow - Modeling & Simulation (M&S) Post-Doctoral PharmD Fellowship with Vertex Pharmaceuticals & Northeastern University (2 Years)

    Northeastern University's School of Pharmacy and Vertex Pharmaceuticals will be partnering to offer a two-year Doctor of Pharmacy M&S Fellowship Program at Vertex in Boston, MA starting July 2021. The M&S Department, a division of Biometrics, provides model-driven pharmacokinetic (PK) and PK/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) quantitative pharmacology expertise at all stages of drug development. The M&S Fellow will learn various aspects of a modeler's role in the drug development process, while focusing on specified deliverables for a specific program. Activities will include program team involvements, model identification and implementation techniques, and presentation skills development. In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to interact with, and learn from, other groups at Vertex, with an aim of providing a broader understanding of drug development.


    Key Experiences During Program
  • Training on standard software utilized in M&S
  • Participating in the relevant M&S project strategy development
  • Execution of population PK and/or PK/PD analyses
  • Analyzing and interpreting modeled clinical trial results
  • Use of M&S to inform clinical study protocols
  • Use of M&S to inform program advancement decisions
  • Generation of M&S reports and/or regulatory documents
  • Leading/participating M&S project discussions
  • Learning about other functions within Global Medicines Development & Affairs (GMDA) through ongoing interactions and rotational experiences
    Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited institution, eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in the State of Massachusetts.
  • Understanding of basic population PK/PD modeling concepts
  • Strong academic record
  • Clinical research experience
  • Industry and/or regulatory experience
  • Publication record

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 Vertex and Northeastern.
  • Strong interest in pursuing a career at Vertex
  • Strong verbal, written communication, interpersonal, listening, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a diverse environment
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing priorities and work effectively in a matrix organization
  • Sense of urgency and perseverance to achieve results
  • Unquestionable ethics, and professional integrity

    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 by December 4, 2020. LOR writers should include the candidate's name and fellowship program(s) in the subject line (e.g. Smith, John - Vertex, 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

    To apply, visit


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