Northeastern University Dept. of Biology Professor and Chair

Job Title: Professor & Chair
Job Requisition: 111150
Position Number: 04001514
Department: Biology
Grade: FAC


Applications are invited for the position of Chair of the Department of Biology at Northeastern University ( The successful candidate will lead a dynamic department that plays a key role in the research and educational missions of the University.

The Biology Department includes 27 tenured and tenure track faculty. Approximately 1000 undergraduates are enrolled in the Biology, the Biochemistry, and the Behavioral Neuroscience majors. Our graduate programs serve 50 PhD students, and the Biology department participates in Professional MS programs in Bioinformatics, Biology, Biotechnology, and Marine Biology.

We are searching for a scholar who will lead the continued development of our department and complement and expand our research programs both intramurally and externally. Research interests in the department are diverse and interdisciplinary and span the spectrum from organismal to molecular biology. Important assets of the Biology Department are the Marine Science Center, an internationally recognized research and educational institution dedicated to the study of marine systems, the Antimicrobial Discovery Center and the New England Inflammation and Tissue Protection Institute. Existing interdisciplinary initiatives include Biotechnology, Neuroscience, Sensing and Imaging, and Nanotechnology, with participants from Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Physics, Engineering and the College of Health Sciences.

Northeastern University occupies a vibrant 67-acre campus in the heart of Boston, surrounded by other leading educational, health care, technological, and research institutions, as well as world-renowned venues for art and music. The campus has received an American Institute of Architects award for “most beautiful new or renovated exterior space.”

A competitive startup package will be provided. Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, the names and contact information for five references, and a brief description of research interests to Candidate must have experience in, or a demonstrated commitment to, working with diverse student populations and/or in a culturally diverse work and educational environment. For informal discussions regarding the post, please contact Professor Geoffrey Trussell, Chair of the Search Committee,

The earliest anticipated start date is July 1, 2009. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2009 and continue until the position is filled.

List of responsibilities

The chair will provide effective oversight of a dynamic department with major potential for growth and development; leadership in expansion of research and teaching activities including interdisciplinary programs; mentoring of faculty; an active role in University development efforts; and effective advocacy for the Department at the highest levels of the University.


PhD in Biology or related field. Nationally recognized scientific leader who has an on-going record of competitive research funding. Candidates must have excellent leadership skills.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Candidates from groups underrepresented in science are especially encouraged to apply.

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities.

How to Apply
Applications should be submitted electronically to For informal discussions regarding the post, candidates may contact Professor Geoffrey Trussell,

Application deadline extended to March 1, 2009.