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Team Scientists

The Team Scientist track is for non-clinical faculty who make substantial contributions to the research and/or educational missions of the medical school. Faculty members whose primary activity is in research will typically engage in team science. Their skills, expertise and/or effort play a vital role in obtaining, sustaining and implementing programmatic research.

Faculty on this track often have expertise in epidemiology, clinical trials, biostatistics, biomedical informatics, outcomes research or other qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and generally contribute to clinical studies, patient-oriented clinical outcomes research, community-engaged research, population-based studies and/or basic science research. Typically, such faculty provide critical expertise to a program or group of research teams as a co-investigator with contributions that do not necessarily require or result in independent grant funding, but some faculty on this track may serve as principal investigator on related research. Faculty on this track do not perform clinical work but do contribute to the education and service missions of the medical school.

While most members of this track make research the major focus of their activity, for some members of this track education may be the major focus of their activity. Faculty focusing on education are typically recognized as outstanding educators and contribute to course development, degree program leadership and other innovative educational products.

For more information, view the Information Guide for Appointments, Promotion and Tenure (PDF).

Team Scientist Ranks

  • Assistant Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Professor

Recruit & Appoint

Start the Pre-Search Process

Before initiating a faculty search, you must follow the process detailed here to obtain approval and receive a search number.


Conduct the Search

Learn how to use Northwestern's new Faculty Recruiting System to conduct a search.


Get Offer Letter Approval

The dean's office must approve your offer letter before you send it to your finalist.


Record Candidate Decision

Revise an approved offer or record a declined offer.


Accepted Offer Final Steps

Follow these steps after a candidate accepts an offer in order to finalize the appointment.


Appointment Actions for Current Team Scientists


Information on faculty performance review and the annual reappointment process

Promotion & Tenure
Propose faculty for promotion/tenure review in the annual promotion cycle

Change to Appointment
Process changes of basis, category, career track or tenure status

Secondary Appointment
Grant a secondary appointment to a faculty member whose primary appointment is in another Northwestern school or Feinberg department

Honorific Appointments
Nominate a faculty member for an endowed professorship or emeritus appointment

Transfer a faculty member to your department from another Northwestern school or Feinberg department

Leave of Absence
Process a paid or unpaid leave for a current faculty member

Retirement, resignations, terminations and death

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