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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Apply now Job no: 507701
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Bouve College of Health Sciences



Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus. 

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research. 

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers. 


About the Opportunity: 


This two-year Fellowship Program in collaboration with Northeastern University and Alkermes plc is designed to offer Doctor of Pharmacy graduates an in-depth experience in a biopharmaceutical industry setting. Alkermes is focused on developing innovative medicines that seek to address unmet needs of people living with serious mental illness, addiction and cancer. As a fully-integrated, global biopharmaceutical company, we apply our scientific expertise and proprietary technologies to develop products that are designed to make a meaningful difference in the way people manage their diseases. We actively and collaboratively advocate for the people affected by serious diseases, and are committed to patient engagement, disease education and awareness, and advocacy for important policies that support equitable access to treatment options. 




Medical Affairs: 

Alkermes Medical Affairs strives to educate healthcare communities and decision makers on the value of our products through the generation and dissemination of scientifically rigorous, accurate, and unbiased information, with the goal of advancing healthcare. We accomplish this by partnering with internal Alkermes colleagues to catalyze science and knowledge and by serving as a bridge between Alkermes and the healthcare community. 



Scientific Communication & Publications | Medical Strategy | Field Medical | Medical Relations | Medical Training | Medical Information | Health Economics and Outcomes Research | Investigator Sponsored Studies | Medical Grants 



- Understand various roles, processes and industry standards involved in the creation and dissemination of medical information in the pharmaceutical industry setting 

- Strategically plan, develop and train on standard response letters 

- Contribute to the review of internal promotional and medical materials 

- Work closely with Medical Affairs team to develop training and scientific education for internal and external stakeholders 

- Collaborate with cross-functional teams (e.g. regulatory, marketing, sales, legal, clinical development) to provide and communicate the most up to date scientific information as a subject matter expert 

- Create, manage and track strategic scientific communication plans in a cross-functional manner 

- Partner with Medical Directors to develop scientific materials that align with the scientific communication plan (e.g. manuscripts, abstracts, posters, slide decks). 


The fellows will work at Alkermes in Waltham, Northeastern offices on campus, as well as various clinical practice settings (hospitals, clinics, pharmacies) with Northeastern faculty. 




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 1st , 2021:  

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV), uploaded  

  1. Unofficial PharmD transcripts, uploaded  

  1. Cover letter, uploaded  

Three formal letters of recommendation (LORs) sent directly from the letter writer to PharmDFellowships@northeastern.eduby November 29th, 2021. LOR writers should include the candidate’s name and fellowship program(s) in the subject line (e.g. Smith, John – Alnylam, 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

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