Postdoctoral Fellow

Auburn University, Auburn
commensurate with experience
February 12 2021
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Full Time
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Postdoctoral Position: Pathway Program 

Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy (HSOP) is pleased to announce the “Pathway Program,” which will provide the opportunity for highly qualified scholars from historically underrepresented groups to move from postdoctoral positions into full-time faculty positions in academic pharmacy and pharmaceutical research.

This program offers the participants a unique opportunity for a customizable postdoctoral experience that provides individualized professional development and mentoring and is tailored to each participant’s academic career goals.  HSOP is recruiting to fill one postdoctoral position that will be offered as one-year appointment, renewable twice for a total of up to three years in a trainee position. Following the postdoctoral appointment, participants will be considered for tenure-track or clinical faculty positions within the school depending on funding and performance and in accordance with school and university policies and practices for faculty appointments. 

The Harrison School of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Philosophy, and Master of Science degrees.  The school is comprised of three departments: Pharmacy Practice, Drug Discovery and Development, and Health Outcomes Research and Policy.  The school's main educational and administrative facilities, as well as a state-of-the-art Pharmacy Research Building, are located on the Auburn University main campus in Auburn, AL.  The school also has a branch campus in Mobile, AL.   

The school's Practice-Ready Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum integrates foundational knowledge, clinical sciences, behavioral sciences and emphasizes critical-thinking, problem-solving, and team-learning.  Our graduate programs offer four curricular options:  Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, and Health Outcomes Research and Policy. The school has a variety of clinical practice sites in the region that provide patient-centered care to a diverse patient population.  Our research labs have been successful in securing extramural funding on cutting-edge topics including cancer drug development, neurosciences, implementation science, and practice-based research just to name a few.

More information about the school can be found at:


  1. This is a full-time (40 hrs/wk), 12-month positions located on-site in Auburn, Alabama
  2. The position will be assigned .8 FTE to a combination of the school’s research laboratories, clinics, or Learning Communities depending on the career goals of the applicant and the needs of the school 
  3. The position will be assigned .2 FTE to activities related to professional development, mentoring, and other targeted activities to support success depending on the career goals of the applicant and needs of the school 
  4. The position is administered by the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Strategic Initiatives 


  1. Completed Doctor of Pharmacy or other terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution in a field relevant to the teaching, research, or outreach mission of the Harrison School of Pharmacy.  (In exceptional cases, applicants holding an MD, DO, DVM, or other terminal health sciences degree may be considered) at the time employment begins.
  2. For those applicants wishing to include clinical experiences in their assignment, a valid Pharmacy License (or other relevant licensure) is required
  3. The candidates selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.
  4. The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.
  5. Membership in a group or community that is statistically underrepresented among either the profession of pharmacy or among higher education faculty in the United States are encouraged to apply.
    • The program will use the report “Broadening Participation at the National Science Foundation: A Framework for Action” by the National Science Foundation (2008) as guide in defining underrepresented groups, specifically:

      "Researchers and educators seeking NSF funding may propose
      nondiscriminatory, nonexclusive strategies to broaden the participation of individuals who belong to underrepresented groups, e.g., Alaska Natives, Native Americans, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, and Persons with Disabilities. It should be noted that, among the many fields of STEM, identification of a particular group as underrepresented may vary by discipline (e.g., women are underrepresented in some fields).” (p. 3-4)
  6. Potential for scholarly success as documented by academic publications, presentations and posters, participation in funding proposals, etc.  
  7. Intention to pursue a career in higher education as either a tenure-track or clinical faculty member within a School of Pharmacy
  8. Candidates must have excellent written and interpersonal  skills 
  9. We particularly seek applicants who have completed the terminal degree at an institution other than Auburn University


To assure full consideration, applications must include a curriculum vita, a letter of interest specifically addressing qualifications and experience, career goals, areas for professional development, and why the Pathway Program is of particular interest; three (3) examples of scholarly writing; full contact information of five (5) professional references.  Interested candidates should apply online at the following link: Review of applications will begin March 5, 2021, and continue until a suitable candidate is selected and recommended for appointment.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Daniel Surry, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Strategic Initiatives,


Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer