Project Manager, Translational Research Programs

Harvard University

Job Description

Harvard Medical School


Job-Specific Responsibilities

The Translator at Harvard Medical School is a new organization that is tasked with accelerating the movement the fundamental science at Harvard Medical School toward the Medicines of tomorrow. The Translator works across a number of disease areas and therapeutic modalities via several translational research programs. The project manager works with individual students, postdocs, and professors to identify interesting areas of translational work. These proposals can seek funding through a variety of mechanisms including the Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator (BBA), the Quadrangle Fund for Advancing and Seeding Translational Research (Q-FASTR) program, and the Blavatnik Therapeutics

Challenge Awards (BTCA). The project manager will also work with successful applicants to support the execution of grants through a variety of in house and outsourced capabilities, with the goal of finding suitable partners to move the project towards development. 

The Translator is seeking a dynamic Project Manager for Translational Research Programs with a solid scientific background, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a passion for applying science toward the therapies of tomorrow. The Project Manager will report to the Director of Translational Research Programs and will serve as a key member of the Translator.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work with HMS researchers to develop research plans that will advance early-stage research and potential technologies to the next level.
  • Identify and recommend enhancements to projects prior to grant application and help craft final grant applications.
  • Work with investigators to specify proposed deliverables and milestones.
  • Assist in project management, including monitoring timelines, deliverables, milestones, and budgets.
  • Coordinate contracting and execution with contract research organizations (CROs), technical consultants, and other service providers as appropriate.
  • Facilitate required reporting on either grant progress or for committee review.
  • Assist with activities of the steering committees, including setting up review meetings, taking minutes, etc.
  • Assist with the award processes for each program.
  • Assist with request for proposals (RFP) for review by the appropriate steering committees and other groups and individuals; manage RFP distribution process.
  • Prepare confidential disclosure agreements for external members of steering committees and ensure that they are returned prior to the distribution of proposals to committee members.
  • Assist with the development of resources that may be shared by awardees, including websites, grant management software, and other tools and technologies. 
Basic Qualifications
  • Ph.D. or M.D. degree required.
  • 2 years of relevant experience in positions involving alliance management, foundation and/ or grant project management, scientific/technical evaluation, in an industrial and/or academic setting preferred.
Additional Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:
  • Strong Emotional Intelligence (EQ).
  • Enjoys working in an open academic environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong competencies in planning, project management, outsourcing, resource management, and organization with the ability to coordinate multiple activities and resources, while maintaining a focus on quality.
  • Solid analytical capabilities.
  • Ability to produce and present clear, concise, and professionally written communications and
  • presentations.
  • Willingness and ability to handle confidential matters with the utmost discretion.
  • Ability to function effectively and independently in a fast-paced environment, organize and prioritize work, and meet tight deadlines.
Additional Information
This is a 5-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.

Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year. 
  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date. 
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service. 
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools. 
  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute. 
  • Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services. 
  • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston. 
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Job Function

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code
RS0158 Scientist I


Research Operations and Global Programs

Time Status

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

35 hrs. per week | Monday - Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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