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Position: Northeastern University Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, Clinical and Quantitative Pharmacology
The Northeastern University 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
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. In addition to clinical development programs in the respiratory, nephrology, pain, and cell and gene therapy disease space, Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs focused on the underlying mechanisms of other rare diseases. Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, our corporate headquarters is now located in Boston’s Innovation District, and our international headquarters is in London, United Kingdom. We currently employ approximately 4,300 people in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia and Latin America with nearly two-thirds of our staff dedicated to research and development. At Vertex, we have some of the industry's best and brightest people helping us achieve our mission of discovering transformative medicines to help people with serious diseases. We depend on a talented global workforce to lead the charge as we work toward developing tomorrow's breakthrough medicines. The broad background possessed by a Pharm.D. graduate is highly valued in the Biopharmaceutical Industry, and certainly here at Vertex.
Clinical and Quantitative Pharmacology (CQP)
Northeastern University's School of Pharmacy and Vertex Pharmaceuticals will be partnering to offer a two-year Doctor of Pharmacy Clinical and Quantitative Pharmacology Fellowship Program at Vertex in Boston, MA starting July 2023. The CQP Department provides pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic expertise at all stages of drug development. The CQP Fellow will learn various aspects of a clinical pharmacologist’s and modeler's role, ranging from operational support to rigorous scientific analyses. The CQP Fellow will be able to tailor their experience to focus on Clinical Pharmacology, Modeling & Simulations or both. In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to interact with other groups at Vertex, allowing for a broader understanding of drug development.
Responsibilities - Key Experiences During Program
Training on standard software utilized in CQP (e.g., NONMEM, R, or WinNonlin)
Analyzing and interpreting clinical trial results
Participating in drug development strategy planning
Contributing to clinical study protocols
Providing clinical trial operations support
Generating clinical pharmacology sections of clinical study reports
Designing and leading clinical pharmacology studies (first in human, bioavailability, drug-drug interaction, immunogenicity, etc.)
Performing Non-Linear Mixed Effect (NLME) modeling & simulation (e.g. population PK, PK-PD analyses) with standard software (e.g. NONMEM, R)
Implementing Model Informed Drug Development (MIDD) using quantitative approaches to address critical questions arising during drug development
Learning about other functions within Global Medicines Development & Affairs (GMDA) through rotational experiences upon request
Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited institution, eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in the State of Massachusetts.
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.
Additional Information: Applicants should submit the following APPLICATION MATERIALS by the priority deadline of October 31st, 2022:
Curriculum vitae (CV), uploaded
Unofficial PharmD transcripts, uploaded
Cover letter, uploaded
Three formal letters of recommendation (LORs) sent directly from the letter writer to PharmDFellowships@northeastern.edu by November 28th, 2022. 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.
The NORTHEASTERN FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM provides fellows with dynamic biopharmaceutical industry experiences with the benefits of an academic environment. Over two-years, fellows work at one of the partner companies located in the greater Boston and Cambridge, MA areas and at Northeastern University’s School of Pharmacy.
LEARN MORE at NUfellowship.com.