Scientific Project Manager
The Scientific Project Manager position will support the NIH HEAL Initiative Analgesics Development program and is located in the Division of Translational Research (DTR), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), NIH, DHHS. The Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative is an aggressive, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. The primary purpose of the Scientific Project Manager is to manage a portfolio of drug discovery and development cooperative agreements and contracts in the Division of Translational Research (DTR), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), NIH, DHHS. Candidates with knowledge of drug discovery and development process from hit identification to clinical Phase I; significant experience with drug research and development in the pharmaceutical industry or equivalent preferred with project leadership experience on cross-discipline drug discovery or development teams; proven leadership and management skills, excellent communication, negotiation and facilitation skills required, both oral and written, and proven ability to interact effectively with senior management, in public forums and within project teams. Specifically, the qualified candidate would work with the HEAL Initiative Optimization of Non-addictive Therapies [Small Molecules and Biologics] to Treat Pain program. The qualified candidate will provide expert leadership, advice and authoritative guidance to the DTR staff in preparing and managing cooperative agreements and contracts. The incumbent will manage a portfolio of drug discovery grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts with trans-NIH scope including responsibility for all aspects of administration (i.e., organizing and managing). S/he will apply drug discovery expertise, secure and implement scientific advice from Program Directors and the Director of the Division of Translational Research (DTR). Defines project objectives; plan, execute, and finalize projects according to strict deadlines and within budget; oversee quality control, assemble data and manage program budgets. The incumbent will provide expert advice to the Program Directors and the Division Director of DTR on program modifications to meet the needs of NINDS. The incumbent will, in conjunction with the Director of the DTR, define and communicate the DTR’s strategic goals and initiatives both internally and externally to the NIH. S/he will work with the Division Director of DTR to identify and foster relationships with private and public concerns in order to facilitate transition and commercialization of DTR’s translational projects. The Project Manager will be responsible for providing direct or arranging for the necessary chemistry, pharmacology, neuroscience, and experimental design expertise to advance the translational and therapy development efforts as part of the NINDS mission.
This is a Federal GS-14 or GS-15 position located in Montgomery County MD. Level is based upon individual qualifications and professional experience. Salary is commensurate with the candidate’s experience and a full package of Civil Series benefits is available, including recruitment, health and life insurance, leave, and savings (401K equivalent).