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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Apply now Job no: 501750
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 Pharmaceutical Industry 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 Alnylam:

Founded in 2002, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals established an unwavering commitment to harnessing the power of RNA interference (RNAi) for treating rare conditions for patients with high unmet medical needs. Alnylam has led the translation of RNAi to an innovative class of approved and investigational medicines used to treat a wide range of diseases using its powerful, clinically validated approach. In the summer of 2018, Alnylam established a new class of medicines, pioneering the delivery of RNAi therapeutics to patients through the FDA and EMA approval of ONPATTRO™(patisiran). This is the first of multiple launches anticipated in the “Alnylam 2020” guidance for the advancement and commercialization of RNAi therapeutics. The passionate and dedicated employees at Alnylam look forward to delivering its medicines to patients who need them around the world.

In 2015, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals partnered with Northeastern University to offer a unique fellowship opportunity in the heart of Boston. The program set out to equip postdoctoral PharmDs with the skills necessary to develop the advanced medicines of the future, like RNAi. The goal was and remains the same: to cultivate the future leaders of biotechnology and allow fellows to pioneer new therapies for patients. Alnylam fellows are grounded in their core expertise area but utilize the fellowship’s flexibility to branch out and discover other opportunities throughout the organization with personalized rotational experiences. Part of the backbone of the fellowship program is the Northeastern University teaching opportunities which allow fellows to share their knowledge in an educational setting.

Clinical Development is the cornerstone of data generation in delivering novel medicines to patients. The Clinical Development fellowship at Alnylam will engage the fellow in work that is a fusion of scientific knowledge and operations of trial management to support clinical trial excellence. The fellow will start the fellowship in Clinical Operations, then rotate through Clinical Research, and have the option to select other expertise areas depending on the interests of the fellow. The intent of this program is to train fellows in comprehensive clinical development activities to build a foundation for roles in as clinical drug developer.


Alnylam Clinical Development

  • Provide scientific, strategic, and operational support to help drive the clinical development teams towards achieving company pipeline goals and milestones.
  • Serve as clinical support for program teams for conduct of clinical studies at clinical trial sites globally.
  • Operational, technical, and scientific aspects of generating clinical development plans and clinical trial execution from startup through closeout.
  • Development of key study documents, including protocol concepts and protocols (Phase I-III, natural history), data capture tools such as case report forms, procedure manuals, study operation plans, informed consent forms, clinical study reports, and IND/NDA submission documents.
  • Engagement in ongoing medical data review, analysis, and reporting of clinical information in materials for sites, investigators, and other stakeholders.
  • Planning and execution of investigator meetings and congresses to provide key messages about clinical trial data. Collaborative management of study contract research organizations (CROs) and other key vendors.
  • Participate in the development of effective working relationships with key investigators to optimize scientific quality/innovation of clinical study design, execution, reporting, and publication.
  • Process evaluation to ensure that all studies are conducted with the highest level of ethical and safety standards and in compliance with ICH/GCP guidelines and all applicable regulatory policies.

The fellows will primarily work at Alnylam’s office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Northeastern University responsibilities will be carried out on the Northeastern Boston campus.


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 December 1, 2019:

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

Three formal letters of recommendation (LORs) sent directly from the letter writer to by December 13, 2019. LOR writers should include the candidate’s name and fellowship program(s) in the subject line (e.g. Smith, John – Alnylam).

Address cover letter and three LORs to:
J. Andrew Orr-Skirvin, PharmD, BCOP
Associate Clinical Professor, School of Pharmacy
Chair, Department of Pharmacy & Health System Sciences
Director of Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program
360 Huntington Ave
140 The Fenway, 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

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