Project Manager

La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology
Job Location
9420 Athena Circle
La Jolla, CA 92037
Job Description

The individual will play a key role in managing multiple NIAID/NIH grants and contracts.  The successful candidate will serve as the primary resource for communicating information relating to the status of various project development activities, both internally and externally, and provide creative, pro-active planning options/solutions for meeting short and long-term goals and objectives. The candidate will ensure information flow within the project team and throughout the organization and must effectively document
project progress via status reports and detailed task lists outlining action items and deliverables.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Provide oversight and direction for day-to-day operational issues and establish and implement project management procedures, including initiation, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing processes.

Coordinate overall project activities and provide guidance in a broad-range of areas (e.g. needs assessment, prioritization) to ensure projects are on-track and meeting objectives.

Serve as liaison to a variety of government and funding agency officials, subcontractors, collaborators and research scientists.

Assist the PI(s) in establishing multi-year planning strategies and tactics to ensure the long-term success of the project

Work with the PI(s) to bring in additional funding via writing proposals

Work directly with funding agencies, external collaborators, consultants and project staff to establish and manage budgets and handle administrative functions

Assist in recruiting efforts and supervise staff as necessary

Supervise the production aspects of the project, such as ongoing experimental activities and data generation

Coordinate and track subcontractor tasking and manage subcontractor relations

Assist and coordinate the preparation and submission of abstracts, presentations, IRB documentation and manuscripts for scientific publications and conferences

Generate progress reports and other deliverable project documentation


Ph.D. in scientific discipline relevant to LJI strategic goals, or comparable combination of education and professional experience preferred.

MS or BS in scientific discipline relevant to LJI strategic goals required.

The area of research involves the cellular and molecular definition of the immune response to complex pathogens such that a background in immunology and/or microbiology/virology is preferred

Background and experience in project management and/or research sciences

Excellent oral and written communications skills, including communication of advanced scientific concepts

Adept ability to prioritize tasks and goals in a highly changeable environment

Demonstrated ability to identify scientific or technical importance, relevance of problems and results, and feasibility of projects in research science

Proven ability to work with a diverse set of communities – researchers, administrators, technical staff, and programmers, to solve issues and build consensus

Ability to negotiate effectively with peers, superiors, and subordinates, including ability to seek mutually beneficial solutions where possible

Strong organizational skills

How to Apply

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About Our Organization

Founded in 1988, the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology (LIAI) is one of only a few non-profit biomedical research institutes in the world focused on understanding the immune response to infectious agents and cancers and on advancing progress toward the prevention, treatment and cure of immune system diseases.

"Sometimes in science there are so many people trying to answer the same question that it's good to stray off in another direction," Mitchell Kronenberg, Ph.D., LIAI president and chief scientific officer. "Taking the road less traveled can bring its voyagers to unexpected - and even groundbreaking - new territory."

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