Scientific Project Manager - Neuroscience

Scientific Project Manager - Neuroscience

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) ( is one of the premier non-profit organizations in the biomedical research field. The FNIH accelerates 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 Scientific Program Manager - 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.

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

  • Management of scientific projects:
    • Managing complex project logistics
    • Managing relationships among scientific and administrative partners from diverse sectors of biomedical science (e.g. government, academia, and/or private partners -industry and not-for-profit organizations-)
    • Facilitating cross-functional scientific project team meetings
  • Development and management of grants/contracts, including evaluation and refinement of statements of work, project budgets, and milestones;
  • Experience in early drug development projects (e.g. assay development, target identification, validation, biomarker development…);
  • Experience in neuroscience and issues related to managing scientific data including clinical, genomic, proteomic and metabolomic data (a plus);
  • Proficiency in writing (e.g. generation of clear and concise business documents, written reports and meeting summaries);
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office.

Ideal candidates will be able to show:

  • A BSc or higher-level degree is required with 3+ years of relevant project management experience (Project Management Certification or consulting experience is a plus);
  • A Master's degree (or higher) in biomedical science or a related discipline preferred;
  • Familiarity of working with large-scale scientific datasets including clinical, genomic, proteomic and metabolomic data;
  • Ability to monitor progress, proactively identify potential problems, and work with teams to fill gaps in capacity;
  • Ability to learn quickly, and make decisions independently in order to meet tight deadlines;
  • Attention to detail and strong analytical and organizational skills;
  • Ability to demonstrate tact, diplomacy and initiative when working with others;
  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

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

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