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The mission of the New York Academy of Sciences is to drive innovative solutions to society's challenges by advancing scientific research, education, & policy. For over 200 yearssince 1817the New York Academy of Sciences has brought together extraordinary people working at the frontiers of discovery. Among the oldest scientific organizations in the United States, it has become not only an enduring cultural institution in New York, but also one of the most significant organizations in the global scientific community.


Using a three-pronged approach, the Academy drives scientific progress by convening & mobilizing communities of experts, catalyzing collective action to address global challenges, & supporting scientists & engineers through every step in their careers.


Awards administered by the Academy identify & encourage promising young scientists early in their careers, when they need it the most, & recognize eminent scientists for their impactful contributions to science, medicine, & technology, including human health. The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists recognize early-career researchers who have made groundbreaking advances in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, & Chemistry. The Innovators in Science Award celebrates transformative research conducted by promising early-career scientists & outstanding senior scientists across the globe in Neuroscience, Gastroenterology, Regenerative Medicine, & Oncology.


For more information about the Academys Award Programs please visit


JOB TITLE:  Program Manager, Life Sciences


REPORTS TO:  Director, Innovators in Science Award




The Program Manager will participate in the Academys Award programs & be responsible for multiple phases of the award administration process. Your primary responsibility is managing biomedical & life science areas of international Award programs. You may also participate in the administration of other life sciencesbased programming at the Academy if needed.


Every year, top research universities & academic institutions around the globe with a well-established record of scientific excellence nominate their most promising post-doctoral fellows & early-career faculty, & their most extraordinary senior faculty working in fields of biomedicine & life sciences. Prize winners & finalists are selected by panels of expert judges & are honored at annual Awards Ceremonies & Symposia held at various locations around the globe.  As a Topic-Area Specialist, you are responsible for & participate in multiple phases of the awards process.


You will engage in varied activities in support of the Academys award programs, including establishing & launching new award cycles, helping to raise award awareness among global audiences, assessing a broad range of nominations in your subject area, recruiting expert judges, explaining the honorees work to broad audiences through a variety of multimedia & social media platforms, designing scientific symposia to showcase honoree research, & maintaining a network of previous honorees that participate in annual symposia, awards ceremonies, & other events.


In this role, you will work with great scientists, be exposed to some of the most outstanding science in the world, & participate in driving the next generation of scientific innovation.



  • Work with the Program Leads to identify, select, & establish ongoing relationships with an international cadre of judges, Scientific Advisory Council members, nominators, nominating institutions, & affiliated partners.
  • Review nominations in broad disciplinary areas of biomedicine & life sciences; evaluating each application according to rigorous quantitative & qualitative metrics.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for judges in your topic area & programs; facilitate nominee evaluation & honoree selection by juries of expert scientists, conducted both online & in-person.
  • Prepare multimedia materials for broad audiences that explain the impact of the honorees complex scientific research.
  • Conceptualize & develop scientific programming for international symposia that showcase honoree research for scientific & lay audiences.
  • Work with the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO), Program Leads, other team members, Academy's operations team, affiliated partners, & other vendors as needed to develop & execute domestic & international award ceremonies & other program events.Collaborate across Academy departments to identify potential opportunities for ongoing honoree engagement in additional Academy initiatives & publications.



  • Develop an understanding of the Academy, its mission, strategy, & programs.
  • Serve as an ambassador for the Awards program portfolio, & the Academy as a whole, through public inquiries & networking opportunities.
  • Keep abreast of scientific advances relevant to program subject areas.
  • Facilitate judging processes in your topic areas, including the rationale applied to all stages of honoree selection & the recruitment of judges, ensuring the highest ethical standards are applied to all aspects of the nominations & judging process.
  • Prepare & review multimedia materials that explain the complex scientific concepts & impact of the honorees award-winning research to broad audiences across various platforms, including: program websites, social media platforms, brochures, magazine articles, & press releases, as well as in short films, scripted speeches, & slide presentations showcased at awards ceremonies, symposia, & related events. 
  • Work with Awards team, external key opinion leaders, & program sponsors to develop content & program materials for symposia that showcase honorees; moderate scientific sessions & panel discussions as required.
  • Assist with copywriting & copyediting of general promotional materials; work with the Academys marketing team to identify relevant outlets for awards & event promotion.
  • Track the major scientific & career milestones achieved by honorees & help to promote them & their work through our social media channels & other outlets as appropriate.
  • Work with Program Leads & sponsors to manage compliance, Sunshine Act, fiscal, & other reporting requirements.
  • Work with CSO, Program Leads, & sponsors to continuously evaluate & strive to improve the awards processes & implementation.
  • Provide general support & other duties as assigned by the Program Leads





  • PhD required in an appropriate subject area of life sciences or biomedicine: Experience in neuroscience, gastroenterology, regenerative medicine, or oncology with an emphasis on cell & molecular biology techniques a plus.
  • One (1) to three (3) years postdoctoral research experience in an academic, industry, scientific publishing, or related setting.
  • Outstanding oral & written communication skills.
  • Experience, ability, & comfort in dealing with complex scientific information beyond own area of expertise.
  • Experience with grant writing & program management a plus.
  • Experience in global academic ecosystems outside of the US a plus.
  • Ability to work with multiple teams across departments & to manage multiple parallel projects with tight deadlines.




The Academy operates during standard business hours Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. Standard work week is 35 hours, unless otherwise noted.


International travel (5%) to the United Kingdom, Israel, & Japan will be required.




This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, etc. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some movement is required. Examples world be lifting files, opening filling cabinets & bending or standing as necessary.




The New York Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer, adhering to the laws which prohibit discrimination in the terms, conditions & privileges of employment.  Academy policy expressly prohibits discrimination in employment because of any legally impermissible classification, including but not limited to actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, & any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.


Equal Opportunity & equal consideration will be afforded to all personnel actions involving applicants & employees, including (but not limited to) recruiting & hiring, selection for training, promotion, job assignments, working conditions, rates of pay or other compensation, discipline, transfer & layoff, or termination. 



Applications must include a resume, cover letter & salary requirements. 


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