Science Program Manager - Neurodegeneration

Updated: about 6 hours ago
Location: Redwood City, CALIFORNIA

Position Description:

Founded by Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg in 2015, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is a new kind of philanthropy that’s leveraging technology to help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges – from eradicating disease, to improving education, to reforming the criminal justice system. Across three core Initiative focus areas of Science, Education and Justice and Opportunity,  we’re pairing engineering with grantmaking, impact investing, policy work, and movement building, to help build an inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone.

Our Values
We believe we can help build a future for everyone.

  • We aim to be daring, but humble:  We look for bold ideas — regardless of structure and stage — and help them scale by pairing engineers with subject matter experts to build tools that accelerate the pace of social progress.
  • We want to learn fast, but build for the long-term: We want to iterate fast and help bring new solutions to the table, but we also realize that important breakthroughs often take decades, or even centuries.
  • Stay close to the real problems: We engage directly in the communities we serve because no one understands our society’s challenges like those who live them every day.

Our success is dependent on building teams that include people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other's assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, we look for a diverse pool of applicants including those from historically marginalized groups — women, people with disabilities, people of color, formerly incarcerated people, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender nonconforming, first and second generation immigrants, veterans, and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Opportunity

The Science Initiative at CZI supports science and technology that will help make it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of the century. Our support takes many forms: grantmaking, collaborating directly with researchers, developing technology and tools, and building support for scientific research. In the science initiative, CZI fosters collaboration between scientists and engineers, develops tools and technologies, and builds support for basic scientific research.   Interdisciplinary teams of physicians, biologists, computational scientists, and engineers can expand our understanding of the human body and illness — the science behind medicine.

The Science Team is seeking a Science Program Manager to support our efforts around neurodegenerative disease through the Neurodegeneration Challenge Network. Our goal for this project is to develop a new kind of collaborative network around the fundamental biology of neurodegenerative diseases--one that brings new ideas and new people into the field, supports them with well-validated tools and resources, and challenges them to look at this problem from a cross-disease perspective. You will join a growing team working on CZI’s Neurodegeneration Program and will also work collaboratively across the Science Initiative’s major programs in Imaging, Single-Cell Biology, Open Science and Patient-directed research.

You will

  • Serve as a Program Manager for Neurodegeneration with a specific focus on developing and supporting the Neurodegeneration Challenge Network project. This will involve contributing to the scientific vision for the Network; mentoring participating scientists, supporting NDCN’s open science strategy and practice; contributing to the planning, execution and evaluation of grants and projects across the Challenge Network.
  • Contribute to NDCN’s efforts to promote open science and shared resource development. Manage investigator-led collaborative Working Groups strategy and project manage collaborative resource development projects emerging from the Network labs, working with teams to develop project priorities and plans and helping drive successful execution of these projects.
  • Support the management of teams’ grants and partnership portfolios. This will involve working with our grantmaking, operations and finance teams, as well as our grantees and external partners.
  • Work collaboratively with Science program staff, computational biologists and engineering team on projects in support of the Challenge Network
  • Serve as a liaison to the scientific community around neurodegeneration efforts and CZI Science.


You have

  • PhD degree or equivalent experience in an area of biomedical sciences, ideally in a field relevant to neurodegeneration or aligned with CZI’s current areas of focus around genomics, quantitative biology, systems biology, cell biology. The successful candidate will need to be able to engage with the scientific scope of the Neurodegeneration Challenge Network on a deep level. The ideal candidate will have broad interests, passion and ability to learn and transfer expertise across disciplines.
  • Experience in managing and/or mentoring collaborations of scientists. This could be previous experience as a staff scientist, research in an , or in another area of scientific practice such as government, publishing, biotechnology, a scientific research foundation, or community-building activities, that involve working with collaborations and/or networks of scientists. 
  • A passion for science and supporting scientists in the work they do. Understanding how biomedical researchers, in particular in academic settings, think and work and the challenges they face
  • Strong project management, collaboration and organizational skills. Ability to move forward collaborative projects successfully, engaging multiple stakeholders and often balancing multiple priorities and projects.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. You will be writing and editing both internal and external written materials for supporting grants and strategic communications.
  • Creativity and flexibility, strong problem-solving skills, and ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic start-up environment.

To Apply:

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This post will be available until June 16, 2021 or until filled.

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