Broad Function and Scope of the Position:
The Scientist, Cure Therapeutics will assist in the management of research projects within JDRF’s Cure Therapeutics program with an emphasis on projects relating to the discovery and development of novel immunotherapies and understanding the immune pathogenesis of the disease. The Scientist will build on his/her scientific experience to implement, manage and support research programs aimed at addressing key scientific and programmatic gaps within the Cure Therapeutics program. S/he will liaise with both the scientific and lay communities in the management of program activities and will coordinate scientific reviews, meetings and workshops. The Scientist will work in a matrixed environment with a team including membership from Clinical Trials Management, Advocacy, Program Administration and Project Management. The Scientist will be responsible and accountable for establishing and monitoring measurable research milestones and evaluating research progress at both project and programmatic levels.
• Work with Scientific Program lead(s) to support the management of grants and scientific operation of the portfolio.
• Monitor and evaluate ongoing research grants, contracts, and training awards, including implementation of guidelines for determining progress and output of these programs.
• Plan/oversee the review of grant applications, interact with applicants before and after the review process and monitor budgets. Accountable for implementing the budgetary recommendations and scientific contingencies recommended following review.
• Maintain awareness of the relevant scientific landscape and develop and adjust strategies and priorities accordingly.
• Actively participate in strategy and annual budget planning process.
• Plan, schedule, prioritize, and monitor all activities for individual grants and projects. Address project roadblocks as needed and ensure that tasks are completed on time and within budget.
• Liaise with Grants Administration, Project Management and Clinical Trial Management teams within Research to ensure effective coordination of projects, timely and transparent communication of priorities and goals, and execution of overall strategy
• Communicate with researchers to provide information about the application and review processes as well as any other pertinent matters.
• Liaise with researchers, funding agencies, and JDRF’s lay community. Represent JDRF with various organizations to exchange information, develop collaborations, and build research programs of mutual interest where appropriate.
• Participate in and organize meetings. Develop and deliver presentations as required.
• Attend relevant scientific conferences, representing JDRF’s interests and incorporating learnings into strategy.
• Ensure that the confidentiality and security of all information under his/her supervision is maintained.
• Operate with great latitude for independent judgment and initiative.
• Perform all other responsibilities and projects as assigned by his/her immediate supervisor.
• Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree
• 1-3 years of post-doctoral training (or similar) desired
• Experience in immunology research
• Knowledge of autoimmune disease, beta cell biology and/or Type 1 Diabetes research desired
• Knowledge of drug discovery desired
• Ability to work as part of a team in a matrixed environment
• Ability to travel about 20% of the time
• Ability to effectively multi-task and establish priorities to meet deadlines under pressure
• Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
• Ability to develop, maintain, and utilize relationships
• Superior active listening, observation, analytical, and problem recognition and solving skills
• Excellent written, oral, and communication skills, ability to communicate with scientific peers and the public