Scientific Project Manager - Cancer

Scientific Project Manager - Cancer

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 Lung Master Protocol (Lung-MAP), and the Partnership for Accelerating Cancer Therapies (PACT).

Job Description:

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) is seeking a Scientific Project Manager for Cancer 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 assisting in the day-to-day management of specific research initiatives related to the study of cancer. This position may include management of teams in method development, validation, and standardization of various biomarkers and clinical trial research. Work will be conducted under the supervision of the Director-Cancer and more senior Project Managers at the FNIH offices located in North 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.


  • Successful candidates will have 3 years of work experience as a scientific/technical project manager
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, specific focus on capturing meeting minutes and summary.
  • 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
  • Advanced competence in use of Microsoft Office suites (MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge of NIH culture, systems, and organization is a plus
  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical industry and/or FDA is a plus
  • Experience in managing early drug development projects (e.g. assay development, target identification, validation, biomarker development) is a plus
  • Familiarity with clinical trial management is a plus
  • Prior role in consulting or client-based environment is a plus


  • 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/business and 3+ years work experience in biotech, pharmaceutical or health related organization

To Apply:

Email your cover letter, resume, three references and your salary requirements to Subject: PMCANWS at Cover letter should address the candidate’s qualifications and attributes in the areas outlined above.

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