Senior Project Manager (Staff Scientist), Division of Preclinical Innovation

Rockville, Maryland
Jan 10, 2022
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), seeks applications from highly motivated individuals to fill a senior project manager (staff scientist,) position in the Therapeutic Development Branch within its Division of Preclinical Innovation (DPI). The selected applicant will manage Investigational New Drug (IND)–enabling drug development projects involving collaborations among NIH and academic scientists, industry, and nonprofit organizations.

The scientists within DPI come from a broad range of scientific disciplines — including therapeutic discovery, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology and preclinical development — providing the resources to reduce, remove or bypass significant bottlenecks across the entire continuum of translation and to train the future translational science workforce. This position will require the expert application of management skills in project planning and execution and risk management. The senior project manager will work with development teams to define and monitor project goals and go/no-go criteria and participate in data-driven recommendations for project design and prioritization.

Core Responsibilities
The senior project manager will be responsible for effectively managing the project team and collaborators through project initiation, strategic planning, execution, and closeout phases of projects; developing a comprehensive drug-development plan and budget while proactively monitoring the critical path towards IND filing and clinical trials; solving problems and making key decisions to meet multiple project goals and objectives; balancing scientific and administrative aspects of projects (e.g., contracting) and maintaining integrity and accuracy of project information to meet team, management, and portfolio requirements, using collaboration management software, such as Microsoft Teams.

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent) in a relevant field, preferably in life sciences, chemistry, biology or a related field. Significant experience in drug development in the biopharmaceutical industry or equivalent is required. The selected candidate must have project management experience on cross-discipline drug development teams and proven leadership and management skills, with an in-depth understanding of project management best practices. The selected candidate must possess strong oral and written communication skills. They also must possess excellent interpersonal, negotiation and facilitation skills. The selected candidate will be expected to demonstrate a proven ability to foster important relationships with collaborators and key stakeholders and to interact effectively with senior management in public forums and within project teams. A strong preference will be given to applicants with experience in preclinical studies of antiviral drugs and therapeutics or devices targeting viral agents of pandemic potential.

The current salary range is commensurate with experience and accomplishments; a full civil service package of benefits — including retirement; health, life, and long-term care insurance; Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent) participation, etc. — is available.

Equal Opportunity Employment

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit with no discrimination for non-merit reasons, such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities and individuals with disabilities.

Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure NIH inspires public confidence in our science by maintaining high ethical principles. NIH employees are subject to federal governmentwide regulations and statutes, as well as agency-specific regulations described on the NIH Ethics Website. We encourage you to review this information. The position is subject to a background investigation and requires the incumbent to complete a public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment.

Foreign Education

Applicants who have completed part or all their education outside of the United States must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. We will accept only the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on Foreign Education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services website. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

Reasonable Accommodation

NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

How to Apply
Please email a cover letter describing yourr interest in the position, including a career synopsis (one to three pages); a current curriculum vitae and complete bibliography; and the names of and contact information for at least three references to Please reference “NCATS646-2002: Application for Senior Project Manager” in the subject line of your email. The review of applications will begin on January 17, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Learn more about intramural research at NCATS