Job Posting: Scientific Project Manager, Drug Discovery and Development

Kate Stuart
November 24, 2014

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has an exciting opportunity for a new Scientific Project Manager for the Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN), a ‘virtual pharma' organization enabling scientists around the world to develop novel drugs for nervous system disorders ( This program spans 15 NIH Institutes and Centers that support neuroscience research and represents a radically different way of doing business at the NIH. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is seeking candidates to fill the position of Scientific Project Manager for the BPN. In this key role, the Scientific Project Manager will manage teams of researchers, consultants, contractors, and NIH staff to advance projects through compound optimization to first-in-human testing. This position will require expert application of project leadership skills in planning, execution and risk management. The Scientific Project Manager will work with Lead Development Teams to define and monitor project goals and milestone criteria and make data-driven recommendations for project design and prioritization. 

To Apply:

Submit your online application to The vacancy numbers are and NIH-NINDS-DE-15-1219487 and NIH-NINDS-MP-15-1244900.  The vacancy will open on Wednesday, December 10 and close on Tuesday, December 16.

The successful candidate for this position will have a scientific degree (e.g. PhD) in health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position; knowledge of drug discovery and development process from hit identification to clinical Phase I; significant experience with drug research and development in the pharmaceutical industry or equivalent preferred with project leadership experience on cross-discipline drug discovery or development teams; proven leadership and management skills, excellent communication, negotiation and facilitation skills required, both oral and written, and proven ability to interact effectively with senior management, in public forums and within project teams.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The salary ranges from $106,263 to $138,136 per annum and is commensurate with experience and qualifications. 


The NINDS is one of the Institutes of the National Institutes of Health, a component of the Department of Health and Human Services.

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers