Program Manager, Parkinson’s disease

Job Location: 
Mountain View, CA
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Job Description: 

Do you have a passion for science but find the traditional academic process sometimes to be too slow and conservative? Have you been involved in a clinical study and just wished it could be bigger, better, more? Do people naturally turn to you when something needs to get done because you can organize everyone to make things happen?

In addition to being one of the biggest players in the direct-to-consumer genetics world, 23andMe is also performing cutting-edge research on an unprecedented scale. We are looking for an experienced scientist and project manager with demonstrated expertise in Parkinson’s disease research to join our research team to lead our Parkinson’s disease research program.

We believe that the best approach to solving the problem of Parkinson’s disease is to gather the largest and deepest dataset possible, which will be a unique and invaluable resource for Parkinson’s disease research. To this end, we have already recruited a cohort of over 10,000 individuals with Parkinson’s disease who have been genotyped through 23andMe’s Personal Genome Service and are interested in participating in research. In addition to expanding the cohort, the Program Manager will be responsible for managing the existing cohort, including communications with the members of this cohort to keep them interested and engaged in this research. This individual will also be responsible for working with internal and external advisors to define and execute a strategy to expand the program to include new and diverse sources of data. The right candidate will think creatively and innovatively about how to achieve the long term aims of this program, and will not only be excited to dig into the nitty gritty of the work him/herself, but also adept at seeking and leveraging the expertise of others.

-Lead efforts to expand both the size of 23andMe’s Parkinson’s disease research community and the depth/breadth of the associated dataset
-Interface with multiple internal teams, including marketing, product, engineering, legal, operations, communications, and research to strategize and execute these projects
-Cultivate and maintain relationships with key scientific leaders in the field of Parkinson’s disease, including managing our five-person PD Scientific Advisory Board
-Recruitment and long-term engagement of a cohort of thousands of individuals with Parkinson’s disease
-Establish and maintain alliances with foundations, researchers, institutions and other collaborators


-Ph.D. or M.D. with research experience in Parkinson’s disease
-Experience working with patients
-Demonstrated ability to work independently, set and manage timelines, manage and prioritize tasks, and lead teams
-Excellent interpersonal, leadership, and organizational skills
-Excellent oral and written communication skills with demonstrated ability to communicate with scientists and non-scientists
-Experience writing successful grant proposals is a plus
-Experience running a clinical study is a plus

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About Our Organization: 

23andMe is the leading personal genetics company. We are dedicated to helping individuals understand their own genetic information through DNA analysis technologies and web-based interactive tools. Our mission is to personalize healthcare by making and supporting meaningful discoveries through genetic research. Combining web development, computer science, genetics, social media, and informatics, 23andMe is at the forefront of a new era in personal genetics.