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The Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Scientific Manager II or III - Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics



Full Time

On Site


Bethesda, Maryland, United States

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HJF is seeking a Scientific Manager II or III to support the Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics Department (APG) located at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to APG.

The Scientific Manager will support The American Genome Center (TAGC) and the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics (APG) at the Uniformed Services University (USU). The candidate will organize current program activities in alignment with the mission and goals of TAGC. The incumbent will aid the TAGC Director to define and refine long-term goals and activities to support the strategic direction of the Center. The incumbent will manage project-level activities between internal/external collaborators from the military, federal government, commercial and academic institutions to advance precision military medicine and support a large-scale sequencing Center. Incumbent is responsible for assisting in the programmatic and scientific administration of TAGC supported Center for Military Precision Health (CMPH, formerly known as PRIMER) research projects to include project contract and award development, regulatory compliance, personnel management, reviewing budget and financial status, assistance with purchasing, preparing scientific progress reports, and manuscript preparation.

The incumbent will also aid the TAGC Director in conceiving and designing research projects, manage the scientific collaborations between the Director and the partners. Incumbent supervises projects, personnel and investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions, products, and problems. Develops new technologies and protocols.

This position offers an opportunity to train into program management and will be supported by a team of PMs and reach the ability to test into PM certification.

NOTE: All HJF employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination or an approved religious or medical accommodation will be required.


  1. Makes major contributions to scientific literature and conferences. Prepares publication-ready manuscripts. Finalizes reports and reviews for submission to scientific journals and patent applications; makes scientific observations, maintains detailed workbooks/documentation, and ensures documentation fulfills generally accepted professional/industry standards. Collects, processes, and interprets experimental data.
  2. Demonstrates detailed knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories. Designs and implements IRB protocols. Prepares written reports and manuscripts for submission to scientific journals and prepares patent applications; coordinates and prepares new grant and funding applications.
  3. Responsible for all personnel management. Makes recommendations to Principal Investigator and HJF supervisors for all personnel actions. Reviews and advises on sufficiency, competency and development of personnel in alignment with productivity, capabilities and project completion for laboratory and programmatic obligations. Reviews and oversees the travel process for all HJF personnel.
  4. Oversees strategic planning efforts. Works with project stakeholders to ensure detailed business and technical requirements are defined to ensure success in program. Provides metrics and analysis to support forward-looking decision-making based on data; Prepares requests for cooperative agreement actions and other formats of proposals. Assures full compliance with all sponsor and institutional requirements, schedules, regulatory requirements and provisions.
  5. Evaluates potential problems for operational activities and programmatic strategic goals and provides informational or process-based solutions to mitigate and avoid potential problems. Exercises judgment within generally defined practices, policies, and guidelines. Assists Principal Investigator, and designees, with administrative tasks at USU or HJF to ensure institutional guidelines for regulatory, safety, training and financial compliance are followed. Works closely with other program managers and CMPH Financial Director to ensure all projects and awards are accurately defined with statements of work and budget justifications. Monitors and reports appropriate award utilization to meet project and performance task goals as defined.
  6. Attends CMPH, TAGC, and other relevant meetings in order to effectively optimize strategic plans and ensure operational and programmatic goals and objectives are satisfied. Makes recommendations and modifications based on current status of laboratory tasks and projects. Facilitates process of initial review of new projects providing associated leadership team with project expectations and timelines in order to manage and optimize personnel, equipment and supply resources. Aids laboratory personnel and laboratory manager in ensuring accuracy and version control of all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the laboratories.
  7. May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the supervisor. This may include attendance of and participation in required training for role.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of applicable complex scientific procedures and techniques; excellent communication skills; ability to troubleshoot technical procedures; ability to work independently and supervise others.

Minimum Education: Doctoral degree in molecular biology or genetics required.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements:

  • Level II: Minimum 5-8 years of experience required.
  • Level III: Minimum 8-10 years of experience required.

Supervisory Responsibilities: May recommend the following: employee hiring, disciplinary action, and starting salaries; provide input on employee performance evaluations.

Work Environment: Office and lab environment.

Work Arrangement: This is a hybrid work environment with flexibility to telework a few days per week.

Background/Security: Eligibility to obtain and maintain a Tier I investigation/Public Trust.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.