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Scientific Program Manager

Employer:     Jain Foundation Inc.
Location:       Seattle, WA
Job type:        Full time

About Us:

The Jain Foundation Inc. is a privately endowed, non-profit foundation that supports projects towards a therapy or cure for dysferlinopathy, a rare and debilitating form of muscular dystrophy.  The Jain Foundation identifies, evaluates, and manages projects in academic labs, CROs, and bio-tech/pharmaceutical companies in support of efforts to bring a first treatment to patients suffering from dysferlinopathy. We also organize scientific conferences and webinars on dysferlin and dysferlinopathy, provide diagnostic advice and support to individuals with dysferlinopathy, and support the planning and recruitment of clinical studies and trials.

Please visit the Jain Foundation website for more information about our programs and operations: www.jain-foundation.org

The Opportunity:

The Jain Foundation is seeking a highly motivated and skilled scientist to play an integral role in identifying and developing treatments for dysferlinopathy.  The ideal candidate will have a passion for medical discovery and a deep sense of compassion for patients who suffer from rare diseases that do not have cures. As an integral part of our team, this person will help develop and supervise a portfolio of complex projects and patient programs for dysferlinopathy.  This position offers an exciting opportunity to interact and work with leading scientists in the dysferlin field, contribute to the strategic direction of the Foundation and make a direct impact in the lives of individuals suffering from a rare disease.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Develop and solicit relevant proposals that meet strategic objectives
  2. Identify new research avenues and explore areas of strategic interest
  3. Be a partner and resource to funded scientists to facilitate accomplishment of objectives
  4. Contribute to in-depth evaluation of proposals and write summaries
  5. Support monitoring and evaluation of progress towards identified milestones
  6. Provide recommendations for initiating or renewing funding
  7. Conduct site visits, provide technical guidance, mediate collaborations and develop lab tools
  8. Prepare project status reports and evaluations
  9. Keep up to date on relevant research through regular literature review and attendance at conferences


  • Advanced degree in a biological or life science area, PhD preferred.
  • Knowledge in the muscular dystrophy field desired, but not required
  • 1-3 years of postdoctoral experience or equivalent is preferred, but not required.
  • Highly developed scientific analytical skills, able to critically assess, integrate and synthesize broad areas of scientific research from diverse sources to develop specific recommendations.
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work in a cooperative, collegial manner with like minded scientists, as part of a small team
  • Ability to interact with research scientists at all levels of the career spectrum
  • Capacity to take a stand on research directions that are optimal to the goals of the Foundation
  • Ability to organize/prioritize work and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment with multiple, competing demands
  • Able and willing to travel domestically and internationally (approximately 8% travel)
  • Scope of work will require residency or relocation to Seattle, Washington area


  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • Retirement benefits
  • Relocation expenses (if applicable)

Note: Unable to provide visa sponsorship

Application procedure: Please send all of the following to the attention of Dr. Laura Rufibach and Dr. Doug Albrecht, Co-Presidents of the Jain Foundation – applications missing any of these items WILL NOT be reviewed:

  • Detailed resume listing qualifications, education, and employment history
  • Cover letter detailing why you are interested in this particular position and how your qualifications meet the Foundation’s needs

Email:   admin@jain-foundation.org – in the subject line put “Application for scientific position”