Scientific Program Manager

Richmond, CA
$95,000 to $110,000
Jan 12, 2021
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

X-Therma pioneers ground-breaking cold chain technology via a convergent biopreservation platform, to advance Regenerative Medicine and make available safe and on-demand organs, engineered tissues, and cell & gene therapies to patients in need. Our vision is to build Global organ exchange to save millions of lives. We welcome talented individuals whom have a strong drive and the fearless grit required to make positive impact for the world with physical science. We appreciate talent, and it is X-Therma's mission to satisfy your personal development goals to become better every day. We are located in the San Francisco East Bay, not only known for its beautiful scenery and comfortable weather all year round, but also you can truly embrace the breath of innovation and dream building spirit of San Francisco.

Overview of Responsibilities:

We are seeking a motivated individual who can excel within the small team dynamic of a startup company, enjoys working on game-changing projects, and thrives under emerging challenges to drive projects to completion. You will have a great opportunity to contribute to ground breaking, life-saving products from ideation to the full product development cycle. The scientific program manager (SPM) is responsible for the scientific activities of the company in the broadest sense. This is an execution role. The SPM will be responsible for managing the workflow of the Company’s science from the highest level to daily needs. The SPM will play a critical role in data analysis, internal and external reporting, managing external partners, and preparing manuscripts, white papers, grant proposals, and patents. Excellent scientific and professional writing skills in English are absolutely critical to this role.

Salary up to $110,000 for experienced candidates. To be cognizant of each other’s time, we will not review any resume unless “Application for SPM” is the title of the email, or is at the very top line of the resume. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include a cover letter. Applicants will not be considered without a strong background in STEM and subspecialty in a bio-related field. This position is available immediately and includes a competitive compensation package with health/dental benefits and optional 401(k) plan.

-SPM responsibilities and activities:

Project management:

  • Work with an innovative team to translate new ideas into projects and drive them through to completion
  • Develop the definition of project goals and timelines for all research activities
  • Develop research plans (including experimental design), timelines, and budgets for new research activities
  • Ensure the goals of each project are being met
  • Maintain clear vision of resources needed to complete the goals of each project
  • Manage government research grants, reporting, and objectives
  • Develop and manage product testing goals with outside partners
  • Perform risk-based analyses and develop plans to avoid future roadblocks; remove barriers
  • Manage a small group of researchers day-to-day
  • Perform cell culture, acquire data, and manage equipment when needed

Data management:

  • Manage and interpret raw data from the team
  • Review, interpret and summarize data from external partners
  • Prepare data reports monthly, quarterly, annually, and as necessary


  • Propose and prepare new manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals
  • Serve as primary writer on a series of white papers
  • Assist in writing and submitting grant proposals
  • Assist management with patent writing

Required experience and skillset:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in a biotechnology related field such as, tissue engineering, biomedical engineering, regenerative medicine, cell biology or similar
  • 5+ years of relevant industry experience
  • Proven project management experience
  • Proven writing skills as evidenced by past work
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizing, planning and multi-tasking to complete projects
  • Proven strategic planning skills for management of long-term projects
  • Has the ability to assess activities using a risk management-based approach to set clear goals, avoid roadblocks, and fine-tune project goals as necessary
  • Has a proactive attitude for all tasks (process development, innovation, approach, communication)
  • Takes pride in completing tasks with diligence and detail
  • Performs as a true team player; no task is too big or too small for you
  • Considers failure to meet a deadline as a ‘personal defeat’
  • Has exceptional ability to balance pressures with production of high quality work
  • Must be able to work in a laboratory without prohibitive limitations
  • Able to physically lift 25-50lbs

Exceptional candidates will have:

  • Deep knowledge of and hands-on experience in cryopreservation
  • Persistence and an eagerness to grow with the team to achieve the ultimate goal: Global organ exchange to save millions of lives.
  • A self-driven, highly efficient, and output focused attitude; the personal ambition to put in occasional overtime and weekend hours as required
  • Experience in the Regenerative Medicine industry such as cell banking, cell & gene therapy, engineered tissue constructs, and organ transplantation

X-Therma is an Equal Opportunity Employer. X-Therma does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.