The Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (NUIN) is a cross-campus interdisciplinary research program serving a community of ~140 faculty members, ~100 postdocs and ~140 graduate students. NUIN’s mission is to support scientific training and professional development in the neurosciences, with an additional goal of enhancing diversity in biomedical research. The Assistant Director is responsible for working with the program Directors to oversee all aspects of graduate education and scientific training in NUIN. This position requires an administrator who uses neuroscience training and experience mentoring/supervising, coupled with a strong commitment to student support, to work with NUIN faculty and leadership to enhance graduate education. We encourage applications from those who are in the earlier stages of their career, who have a keen and specific interest in student support, and who wish to stay engaged in the field of neuroscience but do not plan to maintain active independent research programs.
Serve on Advising and Progress to Degree Committee, to help incoming students select lab rotations, ensure that second year students transition smoothly into thesis labs, and senior graduate students develop timelines to completion and to set plans for post-doctoral work; provide additional academic and professional development support when needed
Provide scientific and research expertise in helping students prepare for qualifying exams and grant proposals
Works with students individually who need support achieving milestones and/or remediating from academic probation by helping set goals and establishing timelines
Serve as first line of advising for students with issues arising, either academic or personal, referring to other counseling or advising services as necessary
Work with Program Manager to track and monitor completion of milestones and progress to degree for all students
Serves as a liaison between students and faculty, serving on both the NUIN Student Advisory Committee and the NUIN Advisory Board
Serve as advisor and reference for students applying for individual research fellowship grants (NIH NRSA, NSF GRFP, AHA); provides feedback on content
Teach Responsible Conduct of Research; does additional teaching/lectures within the program depending on background/specialty area
Invite and orient new faculty to NUIN
Select faculty to join NUIN leadership committees, including Curriculum, Admissions, Advising and Progress to Degree, Communications, Underrepresented Minority Affairs, and International Student Affairs
Serves as point of contact for and advises faculty on issues involving student progress (academic or milestone-related) or other issues; directs to other institutional resources when necessary
Program Administration and Communications
Oversees all scientific and educational aspects of the program
Supervises the Financial Assistant to manage the program budget, including all operations and student aid
Supervises and provides the scientific input in organization and execution of major program events, such as Admissions and Recruitment, Student Orientation, and the Annual Retreat
Represents the Program to all levels of the university from top administration (The Graduate School and Feinberg school of Medicine) to prospective students and outside organizations; Engaged in outreach with and recruitment of prospective students
Fosters cohesion and promotes community of the cross-campus neuroscience research training environments
Establishes new and maintains existing connections with leadership of partner institutions and funding agencies, particularly those supporting diversity recruitment efforts.
Track and evaluate effectiveness of training and teaching objectives
Delegates or completes maintenance of alumni lists or database; production, edit &/or distribution of newsletter; &/or management of website, & special events.
Supervises 1-3 or more staff &/or provide work direction to others.
Provides direction to or coordinates administrative effort of staff within or outside of immediate department or division.
Work closely with NUIN leadership and staff to support NUIN community
About Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience PhD Program (NUIN)
The Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience program (NUIN) is a research-oriented PhD program that is supplemented with rigorous coursework designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of fundamental principles of Neuroscience. This highly interdisciplinary and collaborative program spans three campuses and twenty departments, with over 160 faculty members and ap...proximately 140 students conducting research in diverse areas of neuroscience. NUIN welcomes students from diverse backgrounds and majors, including computer science, chemistry, engineering, physics, and psychology, as well as neuroscience and biology. The program nurtures the next generation of neuroscientists while seeking excellence from our students and faculty mentors in their pursuit of understanding the nervous system in health and disease. NUIN helps bind the neuroscience community together at Northwestern, and we are proud of our collaborative and collegial training environment.