The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is dedicated to advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity through technology, grant-making, impact investing, policy, and advocacy work. We look for bold ideas — regardless of structure and stage — and help them scale by pairing world-class engineers with subject matter experts to build tools that accelerate the pace of social progress.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We engage directly in the communities we serve because no one understands how to address our society’s challenges better than those who live them everyday. These partners help us identify problems and opportunities, learn fast and iterate toward our audacious goals for the next century. We strive to be humble, empathetic and scrappy life-long learners who work collaboratively to develop community-centered solutions.
We believe that high-performing teams include people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other's assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative actively seeks a diverse pool of applicants including those from historically marginalized groups — women, people with disabilities, people of color, formerly incarcerated people, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender nonconforming, first and second generation immigrants, and people from low-income families.
The Science Team is seeking a Science Program Manager to support our efforts around neurodegenerative disease through the Neurodegeneration Challenge Network. Our goal for this project is to develop a new kind of collaborative network around the fundamental biology of neurodegenerative diseases--one that brings new ideas and new people into the field, supports them with well-validated tools and resources, and challenges them to look at this problem from a cross-disease perspective.
- Serve as a Program Manager for neurodegeneration programming with a specific focus on developing and supporting the Neurodegeneration Challenge Network project. This will involve contributing to the scientific vision for the Network, mentoring participating scientists, creating interdisciplinary communities, and managing their relationships and possible conflicts.
- Meet with Challenge Network investigators and partners regularly (which will require regular travel) and develop and implement criteria for evaluating projects and programs.
- Coordinate with our Science Operations and Grants team on grants review and evaluation
- Work collaboratively with Science Program Officers, Computational Biologists, and our Engineering team on projects in support of the Challenge Network
- Serve as a liaison to the scientific community around neurodegeneration efforts and CZI Science
- Background in biomedical research or administration, ideally with some scientific expertise relevant to the topic of neurodegeneration and associated disciplines
- A passion for science and supporting scientists in the work they do. Understanding how biomedical researchers, in particular in academic settings, think and work and the challenges they face
- Enthusiasm and a desire to learn, experiment and innovate. The ability to learn on the fly and develop an understanding of a new field fairly rapidly. The right person will be able to transfer their skills across topics and fields.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate and work with scientists at different levels
- Creativity and flexibility, strong problem-solving skills, and ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic start-up environment
- PhD degree or equivalent experience in an area of biomedical sciences, ideally in a field relevant to neurodegeneration or aligned with CZI’s current areas of focus around genomics, quantitative biology, systems biology, cell biology. The ideal candidate will have broad interests, passion and ability to learn and transfer expertise across disciplines.
- 5+ years of scientific management experience in a position such as staff scientist, principal investigator of a scientific research laboratory, or in another area of scientific practice such as government, publishing, biotechnology, or a scientific research foundation
- 5+ years of experience in physical or virtual community-building activities, such as convening scientists for meetings that promote the exchange of ideas, training
- 5+ years of experience in a collaborative role that requires a broad and deep understanding of many scientific areas outside of the primary area of interest
- Ability to travel regularly
ABOUT THE CHAN ZUCKERBERG INITIATIVE
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was launched in December 2015 by Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, and Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician and founder and CEO of The Primary School in East Palo Alto. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is a new kind of philanthropic organization dedicated to advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity through world class engineering, grantmaking, impact investing, policy, and advocacy work. Initial areas of focus include supporting science through basic biomedical research and education through personalized learning. CZI is also exploring ways to build stronger, more equitable communities through affordable housing and criminal justice reform. To learn more, visit our Facebook page.