Hiring

As a premier academic institution, Northwestern understands that recruiting high-caliber talent is critical to the advancement of its strategic mission and to realizing Northwestern’s goals. The information here provides an overview of the process for hiring regular staff.

As benefits are an important consideration during hiring, visit the benefits eligibility page for a description of the requirements to be considered benefits eligible by role. Benefit information for visiting scholars, which includes visiting postdoctoral fellows, can be found here.

It’s also important to note there are a number of organizations closely affiliated with Northwestern, each of which has its own hiring process. You will want to coordinate with your area’s Department/Business Administrator for more information on their respective processes.


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The steps here will guide you through the process for hiring regular staff. Click on the chevrons above or use the navigation on the left side of the page for a step-by-step overview of the staff hiring process. If you are interested in training, Northwestern offers a workshop on Recruiting & Hiring Great Staff for Northwestern. If you are recruiting for a different type of position, visit the following pages for information on hiring research staff or temporary staff, or bringing in an unpaid intern or volunteer. The Faculty/Librarian eRecruit page contains system-related information for using eRecruit as part of the hiring process for these types of positions.