Department: MED-Inst for Global Health Salary/Grade: RES/
The Center for Global Communicable and Emerging Infectious Diseases, Institute for Global Health, Feinberg School of Medicine and the Center for Communication and Health, School of Communication at Northwestern University seek a postdoc to assist the directors of these centers in the preparation of written reports emerging from the newly-initiated Northwestern COVID-19 Vaccine Regulatory Science Consortium (NCVRSC). This person will serve as the primary research science liaison to the consortium, reviewing relevant literature, preparing summaries of scientific discussions on monthly consortium calls, and playing a major role in the preparation of the consortium’s final reports and whitepapers.
The NCVRSC is a multidisciplinary, international group of scientists being convened to achieve 4 objectives:
Catalyze the scientific understanding of critical immune markers related to SARS CoV-2 infections.
Achieve scientific consensus regarding an optimal immune monitoring panel required for vaccine development.
Advance the regulatory framework supporting vaccine development to include an optimal panel of immune markers.
Develop communication materials for (i) scientists/health care professionals (HCP’s) and (ii) laypersons related to the evolving understanding of SARS CoV-2 and immunity as well as vaccine safety and efficacy.
The consortium will begin meeting in December 2020 and continue for 12-18 months. The term of the initial appointment will be 12 months. The selected candidate will assist in producing the main deliverables of the consortium, which include:
White papers/scientific publications
Proposal for revised regulatory framework for vaccine development
Educational materials targeted for both HCPs and laypersons related to COVID-19 immunity, as well as vaccine safety and efficacy
PhD or MD/PhD
Rapidly synthesize new information from multidisciplinary areas of science and be able to distill and communicate that information clearly
Superb scientific writing skills
Experience and advanced training in immunology, vaccinology, virology, infectious disease, or epidemiology
Familiarity with regulatory science, coronaviruses, or health communication
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. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 39883
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.