Scientific Program Manager, Opioids and Pain Management

Scientific Program Manager, Opioids and Pain Management

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 and the Accelerating Medicines Partnership.

Job description:

The FNIH is seeking a Scientific Program Manager for Opioids and Pain Management to guide the creation and management of a new research partnership to accelerate the development of therapies for opioid use disorders and pain.  A primary focus of the partnership will be biomedical research to support the development of safe, non-addictive pain medications.  The partnership will include scientists from life sciences companies, healthcare not-for-profit organizations, NIH and other government agencies, and academic medical research centers.

The Program Manager will be responsible for leading the design of the scientific agenda for the initiative, including helping to select individual projects, setting specific scientific goals, and defining project milestones and budgets.  Once the initiative is launched, the Program Manager will work with one or more Project Managers under their supervision to oversee day-to-day management of the research, including scientific project meetings, logistics, timelines, budgets, and related activities.  Work will be conducted under supervision of the Director of Research Partnerships at the FNIH offices located in Bethesda, Maryland.

This is a non-research, administrative management position requiring excellent executive-level interpersonal, presentation, and writing skills, organization, diplomacy, focus, ability to work under tight deadlines, appropriate scientific credentials, and strong familiarity with biomedical research environments.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate their strong qualifications in:

  • Managing scientists from diverse organizations in prioritizing scientific challenges and goals, and selecting projects to address them
  • Overseeing management of translational or clinical science programs, including handling complex project logistics and relationships among diverse scientific and administrative partners from different sectors (government, academia, and/or private industry) and coordinating and facilitating cross-functional scientific committee meetings;
  • Supporting development and management of research grants and contracts, including evaluation of proposed contracts, project budgets, and milestones;
  • Experience in neuroscience, particularly pain management and addiction science, and some familiarity with issues related to managing scientific data including clinical, genomic, proteomic and metabolomic data (a plus);
  • Ability to communicate and interact with scientific and administrative decision-makers at a high level.

Ideal candidates will be able to show:

  • 5+ years of relevant research program management experience;
  • A PhD degree or equivalent in biomedical science or a related discipline;
  • Ability to learn quickly, and make complex decisions independently in order to meet deadlines;
  • Strategic analytical and organizational skills;
  • Ability to demonstrate tact, diplomacy and initiative when working with others;

How to Apply

If you are ready to pursue a rewarding career to advance biomedical science, send your resume and cover letter to, with the job title and "WS" included in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

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