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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Apply now Job no: 501752
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.

The US Commercial team is responsible for defining and executing the US commercial strategy of Alnylam’s pipeline of RNAi therapeutics. Commercial achieves this through cross-functional collaboration with Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Development, and others. The US Commercial fellow will engage in the execution of strategic brand plans and key marketing initiatives, launch of new RNAi therapeutics, and the generation of commercial insights. This fellowship is for individuals who are entrepreneurial, biased for action, and enjoy working in a dynamic business environment. The fellow will gain key experiences and skills in communication, commercial execution, marketing and strategic planning.


Alnylam US Commercial

  • Execution of personal promotion and targeted non-personal promotion tactics
  • Creation of product value messaging and disease awareness materials to support field personnel
  • Development of brand plan and brand positioning. Cross-functional collaboration with Patient Services, Commercial Analytics, and US field teams to support launch activities
  • Commercial activities at key conferences, including booth development, product theaters, and promotional sponsorships
  • Assessment of commercial opportunity and strategic fit of early pipeline assets including market sizing, competitive landscape scanning, target product concept development, and revenue forecasts
  • Research lead to support pricing and reimbursement, forecasting, early-stage market planning, customer and patient segmentation

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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