Founded by Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg in 2015, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is a new kind of philanthropy that’s leveraging technology to help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges – from eradicating disease, to improving education, to reforming the criminal justice system. Across three core Initiative focus areas of Science, Education and Justice and Opportunity, we’re pairing engineering with grantmaking, impact investing, policy work, and movement building, to help build an inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone.
We believe we can help build a future for everyone.
- We aim to be daring, but humble: We look for bold ideas — regardless of structure and stage — and help them scale by pairing engineers with subject matter experts to build tools that accelerate the pace of social progress.
- We want to learn fast, but build for the long-term: We want to iterate fast and help bring new solutions to the table, but we also realize that important breakthroughs often take decades, or even centuries.
- Stay close to the real problems: We engage directly in the communities we serve because no one understands our society’s challenges like those who live them every day.
Our success is dependent on building teams that include people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other's assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, we look for 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, veterans, and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.
To cure, prevent, and treat all of human disease by the turn of the century, we need a much deeper mechanistic understanding of biological systems. In order to gain this understanding, we need to develop additional tools (both hardware and software) to visualize life’s processes at the necessary biological scales (systems, tissues, cells, proteins) and in the necessary context (e.g. protein interaction in cells, cell signaling in the living system), enable measurement and quantitative insights, and provide researcher access and training to these tools to make and build on each other’s discoveries.
As a Imaging Program Manager, you will drive the execution of imaging initiatives aimed at achieving these goals. You will manage and assist the development and operations of grant programs to support Imaging, including programs in progress, planned, or future programs to be developed. You will coordinate closely with the rest of the CZI Science team, CZI Technology team, and the external community. You will be a public advocate of CZI’s mission and our priorities and you will contribute to shaping our strategic directions in this area.
The ideal candidate will have deep, hands-on expertise in quantitative microscopy, and at least some familiarity with the current open-source imaging software ecosystem (e.g. ImageJ, FIJI. CellProfiler, etc.) and core technologies (Python, PyTorch, OpenGL). Key qualities are (1) an understanding of how biologists want to work with imaging data; (2) a passion for community engagement and open-source development; and (3) strong interpersonal skills and ability to build and work across a diversity of expertise.
- Work closely with Science Program Officers, Data Scientists, and Technology Staff to help define and lead programs in imaging and microscopy and represent them to the outside community
- Drive internal and external community engagement, including planning and running jamborees and meetings, and engage in outreach to ensure connections to users, standards groups, and existing open-source communities
- Support the grant-making process for current and future programs, including selection, review, process, and relationship management
- Collaborate with biologists, imaging scientists, and open-source software developers to help conceive and develop analysis and visualization tools for biological imaging data
- PhD degree or equivalent experience in quantitative microscopy or similar field
- 3+ years of experience in physical or virtual community-building activities, including jamboree/hackathon planning, workshop or conference organization, hosting tutorials, etc.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to communicate and work with stakeholders from different backgrounds and at different career stages
- 3+ years of program management experience in a position such as staff scientist, principal investigator of a research laboratory, software developer, policy manager, product manager, or in another area of scientific practice or software development such as government, biotechnology, or philanthropy.
- Experience analyzing microscopy image data, including the use of common open-source tools (e.g. ImageJ, FIJI, CellProfiler).
- Understanding of how open science resources are developed, shared, managed, and used, in academic and scientific research settings is a plus.