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Assistant Professor

Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Chicago, Illinois
Closing date
Oct 31, 2023

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Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, McCormick School of Engineering, and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences invite applications from early-career scientists to tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level. We are seeking exceptional candidates from all disciplines with expertise in any of the following research areas: Cancer, Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health, and Brain, Mind, and Behavior.




Applicants must have a doctoral degree and should not have held a prior position at the tenure-track Assistant Professor (or equivalent) level. Applicants should have a strong record demonstrating ability or potential for conducting high-level research as well as a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusive excellence. We especially encourage applications by members of groups underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, engineering, physical, and social sciences.




These positions are supported by an NIH award to Northwestern University supported through the Office of Strategic Coordination/Office of the NIH Director as part of the NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program. This NIH award is augmented by support from Northwestern University. The NIH FIRST Program aims to transform academic culture to build a self-reinforcing community of scientists committed to diversity and inclusive excellence. As part of this national initiative, NURTURE: Northwestern University Recruitment to Transform Under-Representation and achieve Equity, seeks to recruit 15 new faculty into three Scientific Neighborhoods (clusters) – cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic health, and brain, mind, and behavior – unified by a cross cutting theme of “Cells to Community.” The Cardiovascular domain encompasses heart, lung, sleep, and kidney disorders, as well as vascular pathobiology and metabolic disorders including diabetes and obesity. The Brain, Mind, and Behavior neighborhood includes, but is not limited to, the fields of neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, and behavioral health research. Cross-cutting research themes applicable to one or more neighborhoods can include epidemiology, data science, health outcomes, health disparities, or dissemination and implementation sciences, among others.




Successful candidates will join a vibrant and collaborative community of faculty within a comprehensive support ecosystem of sponsors, mentors, career coaches, community networks, peers, and career development opportunities. Leaders across Northwestern will support the new faculty with inclusive and equitable mentorship and a broad range of programs intended to build a community of scholars skilled for establishing independent research careers. Appointments will have 75% protected research time for the first 7 years.




To apply, submit a brief cover letter; curriculum vitae; statement of research interests and plans; statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion; and the names of three individuals who can provide references. All materials must be submitted at




We anticipate hiring new faculty members over three years commencing in 2023. For more information, contact or visit







Northwestern is a premier research university, with a vibrant and growing community of scientists that is passionately committed to improving human health. Northwestern is deeply interdisciplinary across multiple schools and units. Our rigorous yet empathetic academic environment provides a robust mixture of theory and practice, with an emphasis on top-tier research, new knowledge, creative expression and practical application. Northwestern University is strongly committed to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2021, Northwestern was awarded the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Northwestern’s adult and pediatric clinical affiliates have each received perfect scores on the HRC Healthcare Equality Index. Northwestern University and its adult clinical affiliate, Northwestern Medicine, jointly received a Human First Award from Chicago’s Center on Halsted.




Northwestern’s primary campuses are in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois (12 miles north of Chicago) and bordered by a Great Lake. The Chicago metropolitan area is home to diverse and vibrant communities. The area offers an ideal living environment, with world-class cultural offerings.




The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today.




Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.







The NIH FIRST Cohort Cluster Hiring Initiative at Northwestern University is supported by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U54CA272163. This award is supported by the NIH Common Fund, through the Office of Strategic Coordination/Office of the NIH Director.



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