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Program Officer, Open Science Strategy (Hybrid Schedule)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Hybrid from HQ in Chevy Chase, Maryland; remote arrangements will be considered
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
May 15, 2022

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Life Sciences, Other, Science Policy
Position Type
Full Time
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Project Manager
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As part of HHMI’s commitment to drive scientific discoveries, we are working to modernize how the scientific community shares and credentials research findings and, in turn, recognizes scientists for their contributions. Science can move faster if it is shared and evaluated early and openly. That is why HHMI’s Open Access to Publications policy, which went into effect on January 1, 2022, requires that HHMI research articles are freely available on their publication date, under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). In addition to open access, HHMI aims to promote early sharing through preprints and a more scholarly and transparent peer review process. As the Program Officer, you will conceive, refine, and execute strategies to support HHMI’s open science initiatives.

Under the guidance of the Chief of Strategic Initiatives, you will collaborate with scientists, HHMI staff, and external partner organizations. In this critical role, you will help us build a healthier academic ecosystem by leveraging your knowledge and genuine interest in promoting better science communications. By establishing relationships throughout our science community, you will have your finger on the pulse of what is needed to advance HHMI’s open science initiatives and will help develop programs for scientists to engage in new publishing strategies. Your strong analytical, communications, and interpersonal skills will be used daily to collaborate effectively with a wide array of internal and external partners.

In this newly-created position, we prefer you work in a hybrid model at our headquarters campus in Chevy Chase, MD, but remote arrangements will be considered.

In this role, you will:

  • Support implementation of HHMI’s Open Access to Publications policy under the guidance of the Chief of Strategic Initiatives:

    • Develop and deliver guidelines and communications about the Open Access policy for HHMI scientists and publishers.

    • Develop new policy implementation solutions as a member of the HHMI open access working.

    • Implement framework to track and analyze HHMI publication data in collaboration with the Director of Data Science and Analytics and Business Solutions.

  • Develop and lead projects that promote preprints, preprint review, and other open science practices within the HHMI community in collaboration with the HHMI Janelia Research Campus and the HHMI Science and Communications departments.

  • Conduct research to inform HHMI’s open science projects and provide thought partnership to the Chief of Strategic Initiatives, HHMI’s leadership team, and the HHMI open access working group.

  • Represent HHMI at partner organizations and lead HHMI participation in approved projects that align with HHMI mission, priorities, and approach.

 Education & Experience:

  • PhD or equivalent or a combination of education and related experience.

  • 4 years of research lab experience required.

  • Experience practicing and advocating for open science preferred.

  • Project/Program Management experience preferred.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Interpersonal and leadership skills to influence and build credibility with project teams and the scientific community

  • Strong communication and active listening skills; ability to manage inquiries from a variety of audiences and provide guidance in writing and verbally

  • Must be highly self-motivated and self-directed with a proven track record of working both independently and in team settings.

  • Must be skilled in working collaboratively and effectively with employees at all levels of the organization with the ability to influence others.

  • Ability to lead projects independently

  • Ability to operate at a tactical level (provide hands-on support for day to day work) and at a strategic level (develop programs to expand publishing practices)

  • Ability to manage and coordinate processes

  • Strong data analytics and conceptual skills; ability to create original concepts and theories for a variety of projects.

  • Ability to handle ambiguity well, and to exercise independent judgment to handle all types of situations

  • Problem-solving skills, prioritizing and effectively progressing many competing priorities or ideas

  • Flexibility, adaptability, creativity in helping to design new projects

  • Excellent time-management skills and ability to handle projects and responsibilities with competing priorities.

Application Instructions:

As part of your application, please submit:

  • A cover letter that includes your experience in practicing and advocating for open science; and, as part of the cover letter or separately, your views and ideas on how to advance open science generally and at HHMI specifically.

  • A CV or resume that speaks to the position and supports the cover letter (3-page max).

During the application process, you will be prompted to complete the following writing exercise: The HHMI publishing initiative is based on the conviction that science progresses faster if new research findings are shared early and openly. One challenge is to create programs and incentives that can highlight the value of early and open sharing, even in the current research and publishing culture that rewards scientists for publishing in prestigious journals. In two pages or less, discuss the pros and cons of the following approach and suggest an alternative that may achieve the same goal.

  • Goal: To discourage the use of journal names in the assessment of researchers.

  • Approach: Instead of asking scientists to list and describe their significant journal articles on their CV, institutions and funders could ask scientists to list and describe significant contributions (such as a new experimental result, dataset, method, software, or instrument). Article citations can serve as evidence for those contributions but would not include journal names.

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