Northeastern University’s Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program is a two-year fellowship designed to advance the education and training of Pharm.D. graduates in various areas of industry pharmacy including regulatory affairs, medical information/affairs, patient safety, outcomes research, and many other areas. The program is a collaboration between Northeastern University and biopharmaceutical industry partners.
Our 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
Create, present, and publish scholarly research through collaborative industry and university relationships
Engage with faculty who participate in various interdisciplinary
Network with area residents and other Northeastern fellows via professional development programs, teaching seminars, and participation on fellowship committees
In partnership with Northeastern University, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Vertex) is offering a two-year Clinical and Quantitative Pharmacology PharmD fellowship based in Boston.
We are not accepting PPS interview requests. Applicants must apply through our career portal to be considered for this position. Apply today using the link at the end of this posting!
Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious diseases. The company has multiple approved medicines that treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF) — a rare, life-threatening genetic disease — and has several ongoing clinical and research programs in CF. Beyond CF, Vertex has a robust clinical pipeline of investigational small molecule, mRNA, cell and genetic therapies (including gene editing) in other serious diseases where it has deep insight into causal human biology, including sickle cell disease, beta thalassemia, APOL1-mediated kidney disease, acute and neuropathic pain, type 1 diabetes and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.
Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Mass., Vertex's global headquarters is now located in Boston's Innovation District and its international headquarters is in London. Additionally, the company has research and development sites and commercial offices in North America, Europe, Australia and Latin America. Vertex is consistently recognized as one of the industry's top places to work, including 13 consecutive years on Science magazine's Top Employers list and one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. For company updates and to learn more about Vertex's history of innovation, visit www.vrtx.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram.
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 2024. CQP comprises of both Clinical Pharmacology (CP) and Modeling & Simulations (M&S). CP provides pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) expertise, and M&S provides model-driven PK and PK/PD quantitative pharmacology expertise; both roles are crucial at all stages of drug development.
Vertex is providing an opportunity for fellows to gain hands-on experience in the CQP department with a focus on CP related activities. A CP fellow will learn various aspects of a clinical pharmacologist’s role, ranging from operational support to rigorous scientific analyses and drug development strategies. If fellows are interested in obtaining experience in M&S operations, additional opportunities can be provided upon request.
Training on standard software utilized in CQP (e.g., NONMEM, R, or Phoenix WinNonlin)
Analyzing and interpreting clinical trial results (pharmacokinetic and/or pharmacodynamic analysis)
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.
Applicants should submit the following APPLICATION MATERIALS by the priority deadline of October 31, 2023
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 29th , 2023. 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
Northeastern University Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowships Program offers a variety of two-year post-PharmD research fellowships. We aim to provide fellows with a dynamic environment to develop industry and academic skills to be leaders in their fields.
With the rich biopharmaceutical landscape of Greater Boston as a backdrop, our programs offer the fellow an opportunity to work with innovative industry partners in a variety of specialty areas while partnering with Northeastern University faculty in the areas of research, scholarship, and teaching.