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Open Rank: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

Apply now Job no: 508417
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:

Northeastern University invites applications for tenure-track candidates to work in the fields of Microbiology, Microbial Genomics and Antimicrobial Drug Resistance, broadly defined. The primary appointment will be in the Department of Biology of the College of Science, with joint appointments in other Colleges including the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and the College of Engineering. Applicants will have the opportunity to collaborate in cross-disciplinary teams across the University and will complement existing strengths.     


Relevant fields of study include all areas of the biological sciences, synthetic and medicinal chemistry, physiological genomics, bioengineering, and computational modeling. We seek individuals who will work across disciplines rooted in molecular microbiology, bacterial and viral genomics, microbial pathogenicity, the host-pathogen interface, and antimicrobial drug discovery. Candidates are invited for positions at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) beginning in academic year 2022-2023. Exceptional senior candidates will be considered for appointment at higher ranks.  


Faculty will have the opportunity to collaborate in cross-disciplinary teams across the University and will complement existing strengths in discovery and development of new antimicrobial compounds, microbial mutagenesis, and host responses to bacterial and viral pathogens. Northeastern is home to the Coastal Sustainability Institute, the Global Resilience Institute, the Barnett Institute for Chemical and Biological Analysis, the Center for Drug Discovery

 and the Institute for Chemical Imaging of Living Systems, providing a rich multidisciplinary intellectual environment.


The Department of Biology is strongly interdisciplinary, with 20 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 20 non-tenure-track teaching faculty, and 4 additional faculty with joint appointments Biology and other departments across Northeastern. In addition to internationally recognized efforts in antimicrobial discovery, research in the Department of Biology spans numerous other disciplines that are central to biotechnology and human health, including developmental and stem cell biology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, human movement neuroscience, mitochondrial biology and genetics, human reproduction, and aging. The Department of Biology administers or co-administers programs in Biology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Behavioral Neuroscience for over 2,000 undergraduates, and it trains over 150 students in PhD, Masters and Professional Masters programs. With the College of Science under new leadership, and the College and the Department of Biology are in a vibrant expansion phase.


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.


At Northeastern University, we embrace a culture of respect, where each person is valued for their contribution and is treated fairly. We oppose all forms of racism. We support a culture that does not tolerate any form of discrimination and where each person may belong. We strive to have a diverse membership, one where each person is trained and mentored to promote their success.


Responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, conducting an independent and externally funded research program, and participating in departmental, college, and university service. Qualified candidates must have experience in, or a demonstrated commitment to, working with diverse student populations and/or in a culturally diverse work and educational environment.


Applicants must have a PhD in the biological sciences or other closely related discipline, such as microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics or genomics by the appointment start date. Postdoctoral research experience, while recommended, is not required. All applicants should have a strong record of scholarly accomplishment that demonstrates research productivity and the ability to perform cutting edge research. Candidates seeking appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level should have substantial research productivity and an established history of grant support and academic service. Research excellence is the top-most priority. Depending on the research profile and expertise, a joint or affiliate appointment in another department(s) within the University is possible.

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Additional Information:

Interested candidates should apply here with a curriculum vita that includes a list of publications, statements addressing the prompts below, and at least three reference letters. Applications will be reviewed beginning on December 15, 2021.


Successful faculty at Northeastern will be dynamic and innovative scholars with a research and teaching excellence and a commitment to contributing 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. Please indicate how your expertise, knowledge, and skills have prepared you to contribute to this work with written statements addressing the following prompts:


Research statement:

Please describe the focus of your research, including the questions you have identified, the funding you have received to support the work (if applicable), the results you have discovered, and the products of these efforts. Please also describe any research you have undertaken with students, with the external community, and/or with individuals from marginalized groups. Finally, please outline the research directions you foresee pursuing in the College of Science.


Teaching statement:

Please summarize your past instructional and/or mentorship experiences, 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 that 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.


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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