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Assistant Professor

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Position Type: Faculty Full-time (Tenure/Tenure Track)
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: College of Science

About Northeastern:

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:

The College of Science at Northeastern University invites applications for multiple, cross-disciplinary tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning academic years 2022-23 or 2023-24. These positions are part of the new College INVEST initiative to hire brilliant and diverse faculty across all demographics of society. Candidates who are completing their PhD or at an early stage of their postdoctoral training are encouraged to apply to these innovative tenure-track faculty appointments.

The College comprises six departments: Biology, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Marine and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology.  Cross-disciplinary research programs and appointments are strongly encouraged within the College, and across the University.

The research areas are open and could include, but are not limited to:

Human Health; Brain Function, Cognition and Mind; Microbial Resistance and Antimicrobials; Natural and Designed Chemicals and Materials; Development, Regeneration, and Aging; Inherited or Infectious Diseases; -Omic approaches; AI and machine learning applied to scientific challenges; Mathematical Modeling; Biophysics; Network Science; Particle Physics; Pure and Applied Mathematics; Quantum Materials; Environment, Ecology and Sustainability; Sustainable Energy.

Northeastern is a Research 1 university, located in the heart of Boston, a leading academic, cultural, and progressive city and a center of innovation. Opportunities to collaborate extend beyond the University.

The College is seeking to give excellent and diverse candidates at the earliest stages of their careers the opportunity, resources, and support to establish innovative and impactful research careers. Our tenure and promotion process values collaborative research and teamwork. Hires will be mentored for success, with mentoring teams and group guidance. In addition, a strong and effective faculty development strategy is part of the Northeastern institutional mission. The ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development office works in conjunction with the Office of Research Development (ORD), the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI), the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR), and University Decision Support (UDS) to provide programs and trainings to further develop and support a thriving faculty.

In the College of Science, we embrace a culture of respect, where each person is valued for their contribution and is treated fairly. We oppose racism. We support a culture that does not tolerate any form of discrimination and where each member belongs. We foster a diverse community, where each person is supported to optimize their trajectory. See our website for more information about the College and its Leadership Team.



Faculty members at Northeastern are expected to develop research programs that attract external funding, with collaborative research programs strongly encouraged; teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate level; supervise undergraduates, Ph.D. students and postdocs in their area of research; and participate in service to the department, college and university.


Successful candidates must have been awarded a PhD degree in a relevant research area by the appointment start date. Evidence of potential as a research scientist is expected, but postdoctoral experience is not required.  Candidates must be committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching.  They should embrace the Northeastern emphasis on experiential education and the College philosophy that access to science education and careers must be inclusive. Candidates will articulate how their work would contribute to the University mission of advancing historically underrepresented and marginalized communities.


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Additional Information:

The College of Science has a continuing commitment to ensuring equity and respect in our research collaborations, classrooms, and community. You can see this commitment reflected in our Equity Action Plan and our Principles of Community. Successful faculty in the College of Science will be dynamic and innovative scholars with a record of research and teaching excellence and a commitment to improved equity, diversity, and inclusion. Thus, strong candidates for this faculty position will have the expertise, knowledge, and skills to build their research, pedagogy, and curriculum in ways that reflect and enhance this commitment. Interested candidates should apply here with a cover letter with contact information for three references, a curriculum vita that includes a list of publications, and separate written statements addressing each of the following prompts:


Research statement:

Please describe the specific research questions you have addressed; the results obtained and their interpretation; funding and awards received (if applicable); products of these efforts (publications, patents, software, etc). Highlight any cross-disciplinary research efforts you have undertaken. Also describe any research you have conducted with students, with the external community, and/or with individuals from marginalized groups. Describe the future research directions you foresee pursuing in the College of Science, any cross-disciplinary and collaborative aspects, and the strategies you will take to address each direction.


Teaching statement:

Please summarize your past instructional and mentorship background, your pedagogical philosophy, your plans/goals for teaching in the College of Science (including existing and proposed courses), and your strategies for teaching and mentoring a diverse cohort of undergraduate and graduate students.


Equity statement:

Please provide an example of a time when you altered or changed your approach to research, teaching, or service because of the diversity of the group you were working with or your awareness of marginalized populations. What changes did you make? Did they have the effects you hoped for at the time? What did you learn from this situation? How would you expect to apply what you learned from this situation as a faculty member in the College of Science? We are interested in how you handled and learned from a past situation, not the identities of the people involved, so please only disclose what you are comfortable with.


Preliminary review of applications will begin December 8, 2021.

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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