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Scientific Program Manager in Neuroscience

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, North Bethesda, Maryland

Position Description:

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health is a leader in addressing complex scientific and health issues. Established by the U.S. Congress to support the mission of the NIH, the FNIH is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that brings new resources to a broad portfolio of programs and projects that enhance the activities and priorities of the NIH and the biomedical community.
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.


  • Demonstrated project management experience applying knowledge of process, finance, and contracts to project activities to ensure goals are met on time and within budget
  • Strong record of managing relationships among scientific and administrative partners from diverse sectors of biomedical science (e.g. government, academia, and/or private sector partners - industry and not-for-profit organizations) with a desire to provide service excellence
  • Able to diplomatically moderate discussion involving diverse interests leading groups to consensus
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to tailor communications to relevant audiences
  • Strong analytical, critical-thinking abilities to proactively identify potential problems and work with teams to fill gaps in capacity
  • High degree of flexibility, adapting to organization's priorities
Ideal candidates will be able to show:
  • A Master's degree or PhD in scientific/technical field or MBA and 3+ years of relevant project management work experience in biotech, pharmaceutical or health related organization
  • Background in Neuroscience is preferred
  • 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
  • Project Management Certification is a plus

To Apply:

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We are an equal employment opportunity employer. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.