Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Medical Research Foundation

Program Office

Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Medical Research Foundation

Needham, MA, United States

Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Medical Research Foundation

Program Officer

The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Medical Research Foundation (AMRF) was founded in 2006. The AMRF has rapidly evolved and expanded its organizational structures, the development of its model for collaborative research, its breadth of research interests, and the number of participants.

AMRF and its core programs – the Adelson Program in Neural Repair and Rehabilitation (APNRR), the Adelson Program in Cancer Research (APCR), the Adelson Program in Neurodegenerative Diseases (APND) and the Adelson Program in Multiple Myeloma Research (APMMR) – are taking an innovative approach to the generation of new scientific knowledge.

AMRF aims to rapidly find treatments for a range of diseases through highly collaborative interactions among basic and clinical scientists that aim to solve progress-limiting challenges. The scientists search for common denominators across the biology of diseases by openly sharing resources and data that enrich the activities of each component laboratory of the collaboration. This approach combined with the AMRF’s simplified funding processes leads to a more efficient bench-to-bedside timeline.

AMRF currently funds 71 researchers at 39 institutions and has produced over 1000 peer reviewed articles since late 2006. AMRF has 2 Trustees, an Executive Director, 4 employees, (including a Chief Science Officer (CSO), 1 staff member focused on funding and administration, 1 conference and special projects manager, and an office manager) and 8 funded scientists who serve as Program Directors. AMRF has a 7,500 square foot facility available for expansion in Needham, MA which uses a new, state-of-the-art IT infrastructure. An affiliated family office provides support for all AMRF operations by providing all of the back office administration for document creation, legal, finance, HR, etc.

Reporting Relationships
This position reports directly to the Chief Science Officer (CSO). Currently this position does not oversee any in-house staff. This individual’s responsibility will be to manage and coordinate the communication between current investigators as well as prospective collaborators and investigators.

Educational Requirements
This position requires an advanced degree. Most appropriate are individuals with an MD or PhD with deep experience in Neurology or Oncology.

Prospective candidates must be good listeners who can build close relationships with peers, physicians and scientists and be able to shift priorities quickly and easily.

Personal qualities important for success include integrity, collaborative personality, naturally inquisitive and empathetic.

Summary of Responsibilities
The Program Officer will lead the management of the Foundation’s current research programs, help to launch new research programs, and work with other scientific staff members and the CSO to ensure cross-program collaboration and communications. The position will require application of scientific knowledge, tactful guidance of individual scientists, and excellent management skills for operational functions with the goal of establishing and managing worthwhile and well-run scientific programs. The Program Officer will proactively seek to identify new program opportunities as well as new potential collaborators for existing programs.

This position will function as part of an integrated team in an extraordinarily innovative and prestigious medical research foundation.

• At least four to five years of experience beyond the advanced degree in either a medical research facility or at a major Life Science or Healthcare Corporation, Academic Medical Center, or Foundation.

• Demonstrated interest and broad knowledge in Neurology or Oncology.

• Ability to manage the scientific process of clinical programs.

• Lead the development of program goals in the current research programs and develop milestones for new programs that are integral to addressing the funding interests of the Foundation as well as assist the Executive Director, CSO, and Program Directors on other programs or cross program funding projects when appropriate.
• Lead the identification and development of direction, milestones and team compositions of new programs.
• Lead the creation of background research related to new research programs, specific projects, and onboarding of new collaborators or relevant institutions. Prepare and deliver reports to the senior leadership as necessary.
• Function as key liaison between individual Program Directors and the CSO with respect to scientific development and progress of individual programs.
• As a member of the Foundation team, the Program Officer will coordinate the Foundation’s scientific meetings including both web-based seminars and face-to-face meetings.
• Organize and lead all site visits as necessary in coordination with the relevant program leadership and/or members of the Foundation’s executive team.
• Engage in active problem solving with program leadership and staff that encounter obstacles to progress. In collaboration with these teams, develop and implement solutions. Make general recommendations to the executive team to improve Foundation function with respect to scientific programs.
• Assist the CSO in the review of the progress of existing programs. Prepare and deliver periodic activity reports and scientific progress reports of funded collaborations.
• Assist the CSO and the Program Directors with the interaction between international and U.S. based scientific collaborators.
• Identify commercial development opportunities in neurology arising out of specific research projects and help to evaluate such opportunities.
• Perform background research on new areas of science or research opportunities as requested by the Trustees, any advisors to the Foundation, the Executive Director or the CSO, in the specified therapeutic area.

This position will require some travel to Foundation scientific meetings and to funded program sites around the world. A Candidate should assume approximately 5% to 10% travel.

The location of this position will be in the AMRF offices in Needham, Massachusetts.

AMRF offers an attractive compensation package which is designed to attract the truly outstanding candidate to this critically important position. In addition there is a comprehensive employee benefits package including fully covered medical and dental plans and 401k. The package will be offered based on background and experience.

Please send cover letter and current C.V. to hr@adelsonfoundation.org

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Program Office