AD Translational Research

Senior Scientific Program Manager

Senior Scientific Program Manager

At Sage Bionetworks, we believe that we can learn more by engaging and collaborating with people from a diversity of experiences, backgrounds and identities. We develop and apply open practices to data-driven research for the advancement of human health. We are working to establish actionable biomedical observations through the reliable analysis and responsible sharing of representative data. By improving the way scientists collaborate and by increasing the reliability of research, we will improve human health.

We are looking for a Senior Scientific Program Manager to support Sage’s Alzheimer’s disease (AD) translational research team. Our team serves as the data coordination center and bioinformatics core for several large, multidisciplinary Alzheimer’s disease research projects funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Through this work, we facilitate new discoveries in the field of AD by fostering scientific collaborations and developing and sharing data, hypotheses, analysis results, and technologies. As Senior Scientific Program Manager, you will partner with team leads to implement the scientific strategy that guides our work in Alzheimer’s disease. You will coordinate projects and activities spanning data coordination and harmonization, cross-team analysis and primary research, and open dissemination through public-facing websites and data portals. You will bring your expertise in scientific or technical program management and a passion for open science and collaboration.

Key job responsibilities:

  • Drive strategy, align teams, and deliver on multiple interconnected operations projects.
  • Define and oversee a list of dependent projects needed to reach the program’s
  • overall goals.
  • Work with leadership to effectively prioritize work across multiple projects.
  • Enlist teams, implement strategies, and measure metrics of success.
  • Act as liaison between various departments, facilitating cross-team collaboration and understanding.
  • Oversee budget tracking and assist with development of staffing plans.
  • Organize and track projects, proactively manage risks, manage project escalations, prioritize
  • tasks, and meet specific business objectives.
  • Establish processes and systems to ensure project goals and milestones are achieved.
  • Oversee programmatic reporting activities, including regular updates for funders, annual progress reports and funding plans.
  • Write scientific and technical content.

Basic skills/qualifications:

  • Passion for open science and collaboration.
  • A master’s degree or PhD in biology, bioinformatics, biomedicine, or similar field. Relevant professional experience can be substituted for educational requirements.
  • At least 5 years of scientific project or program management experience.
  • Experience developing metrics to track project success.
  • Effective and efficient communication skills for diverse audiences, including subject matter experts and leadership.
  • Ability to write clear, detailed technical content.
  • Experience using project management tools to support activities (examples may include Jira, GitHub, Smartsheet, or other systems).
  • Experience working with sensitive and regulated data, especially human health data, preferred.
  • Familiarity with agile project management practices preferred.
  • Familiarity with NIH reporting requirements preferred.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Routinely required to sit; walk; talk and hear; use hands to keyboard, finger, handle, and feel; may stoop, kneel, crouch, twist, crawl, reach, and stretch.
  • May require travel dependent on company needs.
  • Can work under deadlines.
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds at times.

About Sage Bionetworks 

Sage Bionetworks is a nonprofit biomedical research and technology development organization that was founded in Seattle in 2009. Our focus is to develop and apply open practices to data-driven research for the advancement of human health. Data-driven research has become an important component of biomedicine, but it’s not always easy to understand how to apply computational approaches appropriately or how to interpret their results. Sage believes open practices can help. Our interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers work together to provide researchers access to technology tools and scientific approaches to share data, benchmark methods, and explore collective insights, all backed by Sage’s gold-standard governance protocols and commitment to user-centered design. Sage is supported through a portfolio of competitive research grants, commercial partnerships, and philanthropic contributions.

At Sage, we have a distributed workforce and support remote and/or on-site hybrid work arrangements within the United States. All interviews will be conducted virtually unless otherwise communicated.

Sage Bionetworks is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefit package, competitive to both commercial and not-for-profit life science organizations. The plan includes: health, dental, vision, life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Long Term Disability benefits; paid time off; a retirement plan; flexible spending accounts; a shared incentives plan, voluntary Long Term Care insurance, and other voluntary products. Additional information can found here: Benefits – Sage Bionetworks

At Sage, we engage equitable workplace strategies to ensure fair compensation. Actual compensation is dependent upon current market data, experience, and pay parity within our organization. This position is a Senior level position, with a current market range of $94,778 to $126,767.