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#109011 Research Project Manager

Filing Deadline: Thu 7/1/2021

This position is a contract position with the possibility of extension or conversion to career.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/13/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The UCSD Department of Pharmacology is one of two basic science units in the School of Medicine where world-class researchers investigate the effects of chemical interventions on biological systems. The faculty are internationally renowned for their strength in elucidating basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of signal transduction that lead to innovative drug target identification and ultimately to cutting edge drug discovery. The faculty also plays a major role in medical and graduate student training, providing educational and programmatic offerings that span several disciplines, and provide diversity to meet the interests of a broad spectrum of students and scholars.

More than one hundred trainees at the graduate student and postdoctoral level, as well as a staff of more than 50 research technicians and department administrators interact closely with the faculty. The diverse mix of ages, backgrounds, and talents creates a robust work environment with challenging career opportunities and a commitment to continued growth potential. We constantly seek to recruit highly motivated, technologically-advanced and interested individuals to become a part of our dynamic exploratory research and educational environment. For more information, please visit our website at http://pharmacology.ucsd.edu.

The Research Project Manager will have a critical role in the newly formed UC San Diego Cell Signaling San Diego launched in 2021 as a successful proposal that gained support through the formal process UCSD Health Sciences Strategic Planning for Research. The overarching goal of Cell Signaling San Diego is to establish UC San Diego and its La Jolla Mesa Partners as a global leader in innovative, paradigm-shifting, research in the molecular mechanisms of cell signaling in health and disease in order to develop effective therapeutic strategies. Cell Signaling San Diego aims to partner and synergize with local biotech and industry

The Cell Signaling San Diego Project Manager will be responsible for high-level guidance and support to UCSD investigators, project collaborators, affiliated institutions (local and international), biotechnology industry partners, and working with the faculty leads (Prof. Newton and Zhang) and other key members on the organizational management and strategic planning to carry out the mission of Cell Signaling San Diego. Independently oversees critical aspects of the academic and research program and represents the program to outside organizations. Oversees administrative operations, finance, human resources and facilities for the program.

Helps faculty in design and development of major program components and administers the full range of the program’s operational requirements. Works with faculty on formulating short-term planning and procedures. Develops and organizes conferences and other public forums. Works under direction of the Faculty Lead to establish Cell Signaling San Diego agenda, fundraising, and objectives. Helps develop and maintain Cell Signaling San Diego program website, social media presence and other promotional materials. In addition, this position will be responsible for facilitating the coordination of technical duties (e.g. contracts, regulatory issues) and research activities, and serving as the primary communication liaison with key stakeholders.


  • Nine (9) years of related experience, education/training, OR a Master’s degree in related area plus three years of related experience/training.

  • Advanced knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices. Strong leadership skills including meeting facilitation, cross-functional team integration, strategic thinking and advising. Must be able to create an environment for collaborative work necessary for the team to be effective.

  • Excellent project management skills and a background in research coordination including resource allocation, fiscal, personnel, and management of grants/gifts and contracts.

  • Proven experience planning, implementing, managing, and evaluating projects with the ability to prioritize multiple and complex responsibilities and to work effectively with frequent interruptions and changing priorities. Ability to create work plans and timelines to ensure timely completion of projects.

  • Demonstrated experience developing effective protocols and internal controls for compliance with changing governmental regulations.

  • Experience with planning and leadership of operational and research/development initiatives. Strong management skills with the ability to maintain focus and to operate in an organized and effective manner in an environment that may have rapidly shifting demands and priorities.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills. Experience with communicating the status and content of technical projects to a broad variety of people in written form, in person, on telephone and e-mail. Excellent presentation skills appropriate to persuasive communications with a very high-level technical audience.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers and managers. Excellent interpersonal skills with strong, ability to communicate with individuals from a variety of backgrounds. Possess skills of tact, poise, diplomacy, confidentiality and hospitality with a demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment with a diverse set of researchers, administrators and staff.

  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently and use excellent judgment in decision making activities. Ability to “deliver and get the job done”. Must be proactive, a problem solver and be highly results-oriented.

  • Proven fiscal skills and experience working with budget information in a complex organization with multiple sites. Experience with and knowledge of finance, business management, and fund accounting.

  • Exceptional presentation skills. Must be able to represent UCSD in international policy discussions and assure UCSD meets international expectations.


  • Terminal degree in a related field (PhD, JD, MD, etc.).
  • Experience with web design and maintenance of website.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!


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UC San Diego Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

UC San Diego is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit smokefree.ucsd.edu for more information.

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As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.