Scientific Project Manager


A little about us:

The Lieber Institute for Brain Development (LIBD) was established in 2010 to plot a new course in biomedical research that would change the lives of individuals affected with developmental brain disorders. We are one of the only research institutions in the world focused specifically on understanding how genes and the environment influence the way our brains develop that lead to conditions such as schizophrenia, autism, bipolar disorder and related developmental brain disorders. Through our cutting-edge research, answers are emerging and being translated into a robust pipeline of new drugs in development. And, by focusing on genes and their dynamic interplay with the environment, we are getting even closer to the “holy grail” in medical research, the discovery of strategies for primary prevention.

We are a group of dedicated, multidisciplinary and optimistic researchers, working at the cutting edge of science, utilizing state-of-the-art tools to unlock the mystery of the brain and transform the way we approach the development of new treatments, and ultimately cures. LIBD is an independent 501(c)(3) medical research institute located in the Bioscience Park on the campus of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

Job Summary:

The Scientific Project Manager manages operational aspects of existing and emerging partnerships and research projects. Incumbent will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer and scientists involved in the respective projects, and will require engagement in project management at all stages, from conceptualization to closing. 

The position directly reports to the Chief Executive Officer and is matrixed to the Chief Operating Officer.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

Partnerships:  Develop, implement and manage processes for achieving results in external and internal projects. Advocate for scientists to ensure that project end results are met with excellence.

Proposal development: 

- Work with leadership team and scientific Investigators on development of research strategy, partnership structure, as well as the establishment of milestones and budget for each project. 

Collaboration management: 

- Identify strategies, objectives, and timetables for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of research plans. 

- Engage with internal and external stakeholders to lead the timely execution of contracts and partnerships with emphasis on deliverables, timelines, and required processes. 

- Meeting management: Set agendas, facilitate meetings and ensure goals and activities are continually realized.

- Update scientific and operational plans as necessary to reflect changing needs.

- Implement data collection and monitoring processes and communicate performance through periodic reports to working groups and executive leadership team.

Research Administration team:

- Work with grant administration to ensure the scientific research plan in grants appropriately reflects what the Principle Investigator chooses to accomplish and the Institute supports.

- Work with project management to ensure that project information is effectively tracked in a user-friendly system. 

- Identify and assume other duties to meet the evolving needs of the Lieber Institute.



Minimum Qualifications:

· Master’s degree in biological or physical sciences or a closely related field is required, PhD preferred.

· Experience with science/healthcare related project management, grant management or equivalent experience is required. 

· Experience with research projects and regulatory affairs.

· Experience with protocol development, proposal development, grant management and project management.

Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

· Proficiency in MS Office, including but not limited to Excel, PowerPoint and Access; SharePoint, Microsoft teams and other project management platforms. 

· Ability to work effectively and efficiently toward goals in a diverse and dynamic environment with multiple and changing demands

· Ability to develop, and manage relevant performance measures. Strong organizational and time management skills, including being able to work in with tight deadlines.

· Ability to effectively and professionally communicate with all departments and all levels of personnel 

· Proactive attitude concerning organizational change and process improvements

· Excellent written and oral communication skills 

· Fluency in written and spoken English is required

· Excellent interpersonal skills and a great sense of humor.

Physical Requirements:

- Remaining in a seated or standing position for extended periods of time; 

- Reaching and grasping to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; 

- Communication skills using the spoken and written word; 

- Prolonged ability to view computer screen, paper reports/documents, charts and results;

- Having the ability to receive detailed information through oral communications;

- Mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as small office furnishings, reams of paper, a laptop computer or files);

- All other physical demands in a standard office environment.

** If accommodations are needed due to pregnancy or a disability, please contact  

EEOC Statement:

At the Lieber Institute, we are committed to a work environment of mutual respect where employment decisions are based on merit. As an equal opportunity employer, the Lieber Institute does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability (physical or mental), genetic information, military service, or other non-merit based factors protected by state or federal law or local ordinance, with regard to any position or employment for which the applicant or employee is qualified.