Scientific Project Manager - Neuroscience

Scientific Project Manager - Neuroscience

Join the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) and become a leader at one of the premier non-profit organizations in the biomedical research field. FNIH works to accelerate research by forging powerful public-private partnerships among the NIH and leading public and private sector institutions, including cutting-edge initiatives such as the Biomarkers Consortium, the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) and the Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP).

Job Description:

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) is seeking a Scientific Project Manager for Neuroscience to guide the conduct of major research partnerships with diverse stakeholders, including biopharmaceutical companies, healthcare not-for-profit partners, government, and academic scientists. The Project Manager will be responsible for day-to-day management of specific research initiatives in CNS disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism spectrum disorders and major depressive disorder. Duties involve guiding scientific project meetings, managing logistics, timelines, and budgets, as well as other related activities. Work will be conducted under supervision of the Director - Neuroscience at the FNIH offices located in Bethesda, Maryland

This is a non-research, administrative management position requiring excellent interpersonal and writing skills, a high level of organization, diplomacy, focus, ability to work under tight deadlines, and familiarity with biomedical research environments.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • 3 years of work experience as a scientific/technical project manager is a must
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
    • Proficiency in writing (e.g. generation of clear and concise business documents, written reports and meeting summaries);
  • Management of scientific projects:
    • Manage complex project logistics and budgets
    • Develop and manage grants/contracts
    • Manage relationships among scientific and administrative partners from diverse sectors of biomedical science (e.g. government, academia, and private partners industry and not-for-profit organizations)
    • Facilitate cross-functional scientific project team meetings and drive stakeholder consensus
    • Organize and lead teleconference and face-to-face meetings
    • Review scientific progress reports and understand project implications
  • Ability to work/prioritize effectively on multiple projects/activities simultaneously
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking and team facilitation skills to collaborate with key stakeholders
  • High degree of flexibility while adapting to the organization’s priorities
  • Able to prioritize team activities and influence strategy
  • Advanced competence in use of Microsoft Office suites (MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Project Management software
  • Ability to monitor progress, proactively identify potential problems, and work with teams to fill gaps in capacity
  • Ability to work effectively on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience in working with scientific or highly technical stakeholder/clients
  • Experience in managing early drug development projects (e.g. assay development, target identification, validation, biomarker development…) is a plus
  • Knowledge of NIH culture, systems and organization is a plus
  • Familiarity with working with large-scale scientific datasets including clinical, genomic, proteomic and metabolomic data is a plus
  • Prior role in consulting or client-based environment is a plus

Ideal candidates will be able to show:

  • A BSc or higher-level degree in scientific/technical field plus 3+ years of relevant project management experience in applying and communicating project management principles and processes (Project Management Certification or consulting experience is a plus)
  • A Master’s degree (or higher) in scientific/technical field or MBA and 3+ years work experience in a biotech, pharmaceutical or health related organization

To Apply:

Email your cover letter, resume, three references and salary requirements to with subject line: PMN. 

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