Scientist, Prevention

New York City, New York (US)
August 31 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Staff Scientist

Job Description
The Scientist, Prevention will assist in the management of research projects within JDRF’s Prevention program with an emphasis on projects in the fields of the microbiome, bioinformatics and vaccines. The Scientist will build on his/her scientific experience to develop and implement research programs aimed at addressing key scientific and programmatic gaps within the Prevention program. S/he will liaise with both the scientific and lay communities in the management of program activities and will coordinate committees and meetings. The Scientist will be responsible and accountable for establishing and monitoring measurable research milestones from the discovery portfolio and interact within a matrixed team including membership from Clinical Trials Management, Advocacy, Program Administration and Project Management. 


• Work with Scientific Program lead(s) to support the management of grants and activities ongoing in the portfolio.
• Monitor and evaluate ongoing research grants, contracts, and training awards, including establishment of guidelines for determining progress and impact of these programs. 
• Plan/oversee the review of grant applications. Prepare summary statements and monitor budgets. Accountable for implementing the budgetary recommendations and any 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 related to individual projects under the SPM’s responsibility. Develop timelines and budgets, 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 address challenges of mutual interest where appropriate. 
• Participate in and organize meetings. Develop and deliver presentations as required, and provide input and suggestions.
• Attend relevant scientific conferences.
• 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
• Knowledge of microbiome, bioinformatics, vaccines, immunology, 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