Project Manager (Staff Scientist), Division of Preclinical Innovation

20850, Rockville
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 exceptional individuals to fill a project manager (staff scientist) position in the Therapeutic Development Branch (TDB) within its Division of Preclinical Innovation.

The TDB partners with collaborators (e.g., academic institutions, foundations and private industry) to implement research and development projects leading to Investigational New Drug (IND) applications for new therapeutics. These projects play a leading role in NCATS’ mission to develop new ways to reduce, remove or bypass bottlenecks across the entire continuum of translational science and to address rare and neglected diseases. Project managers are critical to the success of TDB because they are the primary coordinators for project activities that cover all aspects of the research and development pipeline for a wide range of therapeutic entities (e.g., small molecules, biologics, gene and cell therapies, and devices).

Core Responsibilities
The project manager will work collaboratively with team members to evaluate, develop and implement assigned projects. Specific duties include monitoring and guiding project development and implementation, tracking relevant performance measures, reviewing relevant documents and reports, identifying problems and proposing corrective solutions, and serving as a contracting officer representative to provide support for the establishment of contracts and to coordinate project studies with contractors and vendors.

Additionally, the project manager will contribute to the production of Research Collaborative Agreements and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements, as well as project plans, team meeting agendas, minutes, background papers and other reports. He or she will be responsible for maintaining the 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 the life sciences (chemistry, biology or a related field is preferred) and be familiar with early discovery and preclinical candidate identification, validation, and drug development studies. A strong preference will be given to applicants with prior experience in preclinical studies of antiviral drugs and therapeutics or devices targeting viral agents of pandemic potential. The applicant also must be a recognized expert and accomplished leader in the field and have a minimum of five years of related research experience (post-Ph.D.), demonstrating increased independence and overall responsibility for more complex projects. The selected candidate must possess strong oral and written communication skills, as well as 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. Familiarity with the federal acquisition process and contract management is a plus.

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 submit a cover letter describing your 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 reference to: Please reference “NCATS695/725-2022: Application for 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.