Gilbert Family Foundation

Scientific Project Manager

Gilbert Family Foundation

Detroit, MI, United States

Scientific Project Manager - Gene Therapy Initiative

The Gilbert Family Foundation is a private nonprofit foundation founded by philanthropists Dan and Jennifer Gilbert to address their two priorities and passions: accelerating a cure for neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and transforming the city of Detroit, Michigan. The Foundation has embarked on two bold NF1 research initiatives: (1) the Gene Therapy Initiative, to develop curative therapies that address the underlying genetic abnormalities in NF1 patients, and (2) the Vision Restoration Initiative, inspired by their son’s loss of vision from NF1 and with a goal of advancing vision restoration therapies.

The Gilbert Family Foundation’s Gene Therapy Initiative (GTI) launched in December 2018, awarding about $12M over 3 years to 9 multidisciplinary teams consisting of distinguished gene therapy, neuroscience, and NF1 expert investigators. In its initial phase, it will focus on basic science and early, pre-clinical proof-ofconcept studies with the goal of identifying promising gene targeting strategies for NF1. In particular, GTI is focused on gene editing, gene replacement, exon skipping, nonsense mutation suppression, RNA editing, and gene delivery systems.

The Gilbert Family Foundation is in search of a Scientific Project Manager for GTI. The Foundation seeks a mid-level manager with an advanced scientific or medical degree and experience in drug discovery and/or preclinical development, ideally with experience in gene therapy and extensive project management skills. The Scientific Project Manager will serve as the administrator for GTI; provide technical assistance to GTI applicants, grantees, and advisory board; review progress reports and conduct site visits to grantee institutions to determine the adequacy and progress of research; identify research areas warranting either increased or decreased funding emphasis; and work collaboratively with Gilbert Family Foundation leadership and staff to achieve the overall goals of the program.

The ideal Scientific Project Manager is driven by an inquisitive mind and is able to deeply explore scientific ideas and research opportunities. He/she has a strong willingness to pursue novel ideas and collaborations towards a robust NF1 vision restoration research agenda. The Scientific Project Manager is a self-starter who can work independently but is also an excellent team player. The candidate should have a track record as a successful project manager with the ability to manage multiple biomedical projects and investigators at one time. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills are absolute musts.

This is a full-time position. The Gilbert Family Foundation is located in Detroit, Michigan. The successful candidate will not be required to be based in the Detroit area, but preference will be given to candidates who are located in or are willing to relocate to the area. The Scientific Project Manager will be expected to travel periodically for professional meetings and site visits nationwide.


The Scientific Project Manager is responsible for the overall management of projects, timelines, and deliverables for the Gilbert Family Foundation’s Gene Therapy Initiative. Using sound scientific judgement and understanding of GTI goals and objectives, the Scientific Project Manager will provide oversight for all GTI projects and activities. The Scientific Project Manager will represent GTI in the scientific community with professionalism and a deep understanding of the field and its challenges and will be expected to actively engage with relevant communities to develop relationships and opportunities for collaboration and capacity building. The Scientific Project Manager will report to the Foundation’s Scientific Officer.


• Reviewing progress and financial reports, highlighting critical issues and reporting therein

• Conducting site visits to grantee institutions and nurturing the relationships critical to GTI’s success

• Leading coordination of virtual scientific meetings and in-person annual meetings

• Leading coordination of GTI advisory board meetings

• Providing support to grantees on data sharing activities

• Identifying, engaging, and conducting due diligence on new opportunities related to GTI

• Developing and maintaining relationships with GTI grantees and other experts in the field

• Keeping abreast of new developments and challenges in the field, and identifying resources to address such issues

• Providing support to the Scientific Officer as needed


Must have successfully completed an advanced scientific or medical degree that includes training in the biomedical sciences and have at least three years of relevant experience in drug discovery and/or preclinical development. Evidence of a successful track record as a mid-level project manager in a biomedical research environment is required. Ideal candidates will have experience in gene therapy development programs.


Candidates interested in learning more about this engagement should send a cover letter, CV, and three references to YooRi Kim, Scientific Officer of the Gilbert Family Foundation at no later than February 28, 2020.

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