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Why Northwestern?

What makes us unique is what makes us Northwestern.

Northwestern is one of the world’s premier research institutions encompassing 3,300 full-time faculty members, 21,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 6,500 full and part-time staff. Ranked 11th among national universities, Northwestern is recognized around the world for its extraordinary and innovative research and other educational programs. Our environment is a unique one. It is one that unites knowledge, and ideas, ambition and imagination, hard work and joy. Differences are central to broadening our perspectives, creating thoughtful leaders, and sparking new ideas. We are diligent about creating an environment that is inclusive and truly diverse. We welcome you to learn more about who we are!

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The people here are brilliant, inviting and engaging — that’s the type of environment I am proud to be a part of.”

Yael Mayer
Business Administrator for the Center for Synthetic Biology and The Mrksich Group

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About Northwestern

Northwestern provides students, faculty, and staff exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth in 12 schools and colleges across three different campuses. Our two main campuses are located on the beautiful and scenic Lake Michigan. Our third campus is located in Doha’s Educational City in Qatar. To dive in further, learn more about our various colleges and schools that offer employment opportunities.  

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We invest in you.

Northwestern is proud to offer a competitive benefits package which is designed to attract new talent and retain our extraordinary staff.  Our Total Rewards approach is aimed at delivering a total package that includes compensation, health insurance, retirement plans, wellness programs, and other key areas. 

Some of our benefits and perks include: 

  • Career growth and opportunity
  • Comprehensive healthcare plans
  • Excellent matched retirement plan
  • Employee reduced tuition
  • Dependent care match
  • NU Wellness Program
  • Employee Discount Program

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A truly welcoming community

We are committed to support a diverse and inclusive campus community.

Our students, faculty and staff come from different backgrounds — intellectually, ethnically, economically and geographically — and we wouldn't have it any other way! Northwestern employs a dynamic and diverse mix of faculty and staff who work proactively to ensure that the University is a special place to work. Learn about our diverse community.