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 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.


  • 3 years 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);
  • Strong record of managing multiple stakeholders, and a desire to provide service excellence
  • High degree of flexibility, adapting to organization's priorities
  • Strong analytical, critical-thinking and team facilitation skills to collaborate with key stakeholders
  • Able to prioritize team activities and influence strategy
  • Ability to monitor progress, proactively identify potential problems, and work with teams to fill gaps in capacity
  • Advanced competence in use of Microsoft Office suites (MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Project Management software
  • Ability to work effectively on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Knowledge of NIH culture, systems and organization
  • Experience in a position where it was necessary to manage through influence
  • Experience in working with scientific or highly technical stakeholder/clients
  • 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 managing early drug development projects (e.g. assay development, target identification, validation, biomarker development...) 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 biotech, pharmaceutical or health related organization


  • Benefits can be found here
  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience

To Apply:

Email your cover letter, resume, three references and your salary requirements to Subject: PMCNS2WS at Cover letter should address the candidate's qualifications and attributes in the areas outlined above.

The FNIH is an equal opportunity employer.

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