Scientific Program Manager, Biologics

Job Summary

Sarafan ChEM-H is an interdisciplinary institute focused on connecting Chemistry, Engineering, and Medicine for Human Health. The institute was founded as a joint venture of the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Humanities and Sciences. The proximity of world-class biologists, chemists, engineers, and clinicians at Stanford presents a unique opportunity to study human biology at a molecular level, to translate this knowledge into groundbreaking discoveries that advance our understanding of and ability to improve human health.

Sarafan ChEM-H has partnered with Stanford Medicine to launch a bold new translational research initiative – Stanford’s Innovative Medicines Accelerator (IMA). IMA aims to accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries at Stanford University into new therapeutics that impact human health while improving our understanding of human biology. The Preclinical pharmacology team works closely with the Medicinal Chemistry, High Throughput Screening and Protein Engineering modules. They propel IMA projects with quantitative measurements of drug candidates that guide medicinal chemists and protein engineers toward drug prototypes. Preclinical pharmacology collects information about how drug candidates interact with their targets, affect cells in culture and behave in animals. Preclinical pharmacology informs how drug candidates will behave in humans.

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  • We create a hub of innovation through the power of diversity of disciplines and people.
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  • We promote a culture of belonging, equity, and safety.
  • We embed these values in excellence of education, research, and operation.

Position Summary:

Stanford University is seeking a highly motivated scientist to serve as the Scientific Program Manager, Biologics for the Stanford Innovative Medicines Accelerator (IMA), a partnership between Sarafan ChEM-H and Stanford Medicine. The Scientific Program Manager will play a critical role in enabling projects at multiple stages of the translational pipeline, helping to advance new medicines from prototyping through IND and manufacturing into proof-of-concept clinical trials. Candidates should have a scientific background, a general familiarity with the process of drug discovery and development, and excellent time management and organizational skills. Candidates should be self-starters, comfortable with autonomy, and embrace opportunities to tackle new problems and challenges as part of a dynamic team in a start-up-like environment within the University.

In this position, you will be a member of the Sarafan ChEM-H operations team supporting the IMA and its Drug Discovery and Prototyping program, specifically the Cell and Gene Therapies project portfolio. You will work closely with faculty, industry partners, and internal stakeholders to implement and administer the vision, strategy, and goals of a series of alliances and research initiatives. You will work with internal and external partners to realize the goals of this bold translational research program.

Core Duties:

  • Develop and manage cell and gene therapy research projects by conducting research activities, including managing data, establishing processes and policies, and making recommendations to faculty and leadership for program improvements; leverage research expertise in an area relevant to cell and gene therapies to make operational and technical suggestions.
  • Regularly update leadership on program successes and challenges, and leverage resources to progress toward the translational research goals of multiple projects. 
  • Source, collect, and analyze data, create reports, review, and explain trends for assigned programs and projects; formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the programs within set timelines.
  • Write and edit content for both technical and non-technical audiences, including summarization of research results for philanthropic and external partners. 
  • Contribute to and inform on strategic program/entity planning and related funding and financial sustainability.
  • Analyze expenses and monitor budgets and program finances, making recommendations on funding plans based on data trends and assisting participating research groups with finance requests.
  • Develop or contribute to outreach strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships, and fundraising/funding, representing the program as the key contact and subject matter expert to external partners and within the University.
  • Organize regular program meetings and advisory meetings and facilitate efficient communication between the different research teams participating in the program.
  • May advise students and/or coach/mentor clients.

Minimum Requirements:

Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience. Advanced degree may be required for some programs. For jobs with financial responsibilities, experience managing a budget and developing financial plans.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources.
  • Excellent oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
  • Basic knowledge of managing budgets and developing financial plans.

Preferred Qualifications*:

  • Ph.D. in Cell Biology or related scientific field strongly preferred.
  • Ability to prioritize own work and multi-task.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and ownership of projects.
  • Ability to routinely and independently exercise sound judgment in making decisions.
  • Experience working independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work with project management tools.

Physical Requirements*:

  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.
  • Ability to use voice to present information/communicate with others.
  • On-campus mobility.

* – Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Working Conditions:

  • May work extended hours, evenings or weekends.
  • May travel locally.
  • Occasional overnight travel.

Work Standards:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

The expected pay range for this position is $90,000 to $120,000 per annum.
Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.

Why Stanford is for You:
Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Mar 29, 2024
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