Northeastern University (NEU)

Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Northeastern University

Boston, MA, United States

The Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences’ School of Pharmacy is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with tenure is anticipated. The Department is known internationally for its research in the areas of drug discovery and targeted delivery, bioanalytical chemistry, nanomedicine, neuro- and immuno-pharmacology, molecular imaging, and toxicology.


Currently, the Department includes 21 full-time faculty and 4 Centers of Research Excellence: Center for Drug Discovery, Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Nanomedicine, Center for Translational Neuroimaging, and the New England Inflammation and Tissue Protection Institute.  Graduate program specializations include Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, Biotechnology, and an Interdisciplinary option.  Currently there are 49 Ph.D. and 104 MS students enrolled. In addition to teaching in the graduate programs, department faculty also teach in the professional Doctor of Pharmacy program. Federal and private research funding is robust in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, which, together with the Department of Pharmacy Practice, ranks 24th in NIH funding among all US Schools of Pharmacy. Given plans to dramatically expand the number of faculty hires across Northeastern University (, the new chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences will have a unique opportunity to significantly influence the direction and trajectory of an already strong department.


Applicants are expected to have demonstrated strategic vision in their research enterprise which should be well-established, well-funded and internationally recognized. They should also have demonstrated excellence in and a significant record of teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; and a collaborative research background that spans multiple aspects of pharmaceutical sciences. Previous experience managing a federally-funded research group or center is essential.  A doctorate degree in a pharmaceutical sciences field is required.


The hire will: (i) provide sound fiscal management of the Department; (ii) provide leadership and vision in the development and implementation of a Department strategic plan that ensures sustained research funding and growth; (iii) ensure that faculty have mentoring and support necessary for their success; (iv) work closely with the Deans and Chairs of other units to advance the mission of the University; and (v)  have excellent administrative skills.


Salary will be commensurate with education, training, and experience and includes an outstanding benefit package.  Evaluation will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


The Bouvé College of Health Sciences has more than 200 faculty members and approximately 1,500 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students. It is a leading national model for education and research in the health, psychosocial and biomedical sciences and supports the University’s mission of educating students for a life of fulfillment, accomplishment, and creating and translating knowledge to meet global and societal needs.


Northeastern University is located on the Avenue of the Arts in Boston’s historic Back Bay, just a few blocks from the Longwood Medical and Academic Area encompassing Harvard Medical School and its teaching hospitals, and several other major research-intensive universities are within a 5-mile radius.  The immediate Boston area also is home to over 400 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.  


How to Apply


Applicants should submit a cover letter of interest, the names and contact information for three references, curriculum vitae, and a 5-year plan for future research plans.  For more information, please contact either search committee co-chair: Vladimir Torchilin ( or John Devlin ( Review of applications will begin immediately until the position is filled.


Northeastern University Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX, and an ADVANCE institution. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Northeastern University embraces the wealth of diversity represented in our community and seeks to enhance it at all levels. Northeastern University is an E-Verify employer.

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