Science Program Manager, Neurodegeneration


Chan Zuckerberg Initiative


Redwood City, California


The science team is seeking a science program anager to support CZI's efforts around neurodegenerative disease through the Neurodegeneration Challenge Network. The goal for this project is to develop a new kind of collaborative network around the fundamental biology of neurodegenerative diseases--one that brings new ideas and new people into the field, supports them with well-validated tools and resources, and challenges them to look at this problem from a cross-disease perspective. 


  • Serve as a Program Manager for neurodegeneration programming with a specific focus on developing and supporting the Neurodegeneration Challenge Network project. This will involve contributing to the scientific vision for the Network, mentoring participating scientists, creating interdisciplinary communities, and managing their relationships and possible conflicts.
  • Meet with Challenge Network investigators and partners regularly (which will require regular travel) and develop and implement criteria for evaluating projects and programs.
  • Coordinate with our Science Operations and Grants team on grants review and evaluation
  • Work collaboratively with Science Program Officers, Computational Biologists, and our Engineering team on projects in support of the Challenge Network
  • Serve as a liaison to the scientific community around neurodegeneration efforts and CZI Science



  • Background in biomedical research or administration, ideally with some scientific expertise relevant to the topic of neurodegeneration and associated disciplines.
  • A passion for science and supporting scientists in the work they do. Understanding how biomedical researchers, in particular in academic settings, think and work and the challenges they face.
  • Enthusiasm and a desire to learn, experiment and innovate. The ability to learn on the fly and develop an understanding of a new field fairly rapidly. The right person will be able to transfer his or her skills across topics and fields.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate and work with scientists at different levels.
  • Creativity and flexibility, strong problem-solving skills, and ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic startup environment.


  • Ph.D. degree or equivalent experience in an area of biomedical sciences, ideally in a field relevant to neurodegeneration or aligned with CZI’s current areas of focus around genomics, quantitative biology, systems biology, cell biology. The ideal candidate will have broad interests, passion, and ability to learn and transfer expertise across disciplines.
  • Five+ years of scientific management experience in a position such as staff scientist, principal investigator of a scientific research laboratory, or in another area of scientific practice such as government, publishing, biotechnology, or a scientific research foundation,
  • Five+ years of experience in physical or virtual community-building activities, such as convening scientists for meetings that promote the exchange of ideas, training,
  • Five+ years of experience in a collaborative role that requires a broad and deep understanding of many scientific areas outside of the primary area of interest,
  • Ability to travel regularly,