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Open Rank Research Professor

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 23, 2024

Open Rank Research Professor

About the Opportunity


The Network Science Institute is a world-class research and training Institute dedicated to creating synergy and bridging communities across disciplines. NetSI has its central office in Boston MA at 177 Huntington Ave, and additional hub sites forming across Northeastern's satellite campuses including London and Portland, Maine. As a core Network Science Institute member, the Research Faculty will have office space and usage of the NetSI classroom, lecture space and conference rooms, as well as dedicated high performance computing, seed grants, active speaker-visiting scholar series, and professional development coaching.

The Network Science Institute is strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and as such, recognizes the strength that diversity in all its forms brings to research endeavors. We seek candidates who share these values, who are willing to work with and learn from people across a wide range of disciplinary and cultural backgrounds, who are committed to open science and reproducibility, and who pride in their scientific integrity. We enthusiastically welcome qualified applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.


Northeastern University is pleased to announce an Open Rank Research Faculty position in Network Science. The Research Faculty will be a core member of the Network Science Institute, and appointed in the Bouve College of Health Sciences. The Research Faculty will be responsible for building an independent research program and participate in the Institute's research and mentorship efforts. This position is intended to support transition into research independence. It is expected therefore to gradually move from fully, hard-funded support to a salary largely funded through soft-funded, external awards over the course of 3 years. The Research Faculty will have the opportunity to participate in the doctoral student admissions process and supervise students in the network science doctoral program. Research focus should be aligned and/or synergistic with the Institute's and the Bouve College of Health Sciences current research programs, particularly the ones in the fields of network science, infectious disease dynamics, and computational epidemiology.

Successful applicants will have an expertise in network science, with relevant publications and a track record obtaining extramural funds. Applicants should have a strong understanding of the mathematical, statistical, and theoretical tools used to study complex networks, and ability to process and analyze datasets that represent complex dynamical systems. Candidates should be familiar with statistical inference, network modeling, and machine learning techniques and have fluency in the common scientific programming languages, such as Python, R, Julia, Matlab.

  • Develop an independent research program centered around network science, complexity science, infectious disease dynamics, and computational epidemiology, in applied or theoretical topics relevant to Network Science Institute.
  • Gradually forge the way to research independence, moving from full support to a salary primarily funded through external awards over the course of 3 years. The initial term of this renewable appointment may not exceed three years from the date of hiring. The expectation is that this role will be supported by external funding by that time. If the Research Faculty receives external salary support during the initial three-year period, an amount equal to the externally received salary may be applied to the salary after this period. Such funds may be carried forward for up to five years.
  • Publish research findings in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, and present research at conferences and workshops.
  • Prepare grant proposals, obtain sponsored funds for research.
  • Supervise post-docs, and graduate students; provide mentorship and training opportunities.
  • Present research and participate on hiring and strategic committees, as needed.

  • PhD or another terminal degree in network science, biological, or physical science field by the appointment start date.
  • Demonstrated track record of scholarly achievement in computational epidemiology and infectious disease dynamics, with commensurate publication and research funding history.
  • Ability to work effectively within interdisciplinary research teams and build relationships with external partners.
  • Excellent communication skills across diverse audiences and settings.


Interested candidates should submit the following:
  • Research Statement: The research statement should include a clearly articulated description of the proposed research for the period to be spent at the Institute (1-2 pages)
  • Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) Statement: The DEI statement should contain a thoughtful and practical reflection on how to contribute to a diverse and inclusive community of scientific collaboration. (1-2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae: Your complete CV should generally cover this requirement. Please note that the list of publications should only include publications that are published or in press. Also, please do not include reprints or any other materials as they will not be included in your file for review.

References: Please provide the names of at least two colleagues or mentors/ supervisors who will be able to provide letters of recommendation.

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Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit for more information.

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.

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