Scientific Program Manager

The Foundational Questions Institute (www.fqxi.org), a nonprofit "virtual institute" supporting research in physics and cosmology, is seeking an unusual candidate to aid in developing and implementing all aspects of its programming (see www.fqxi.org/about.html to see what that includes).

The ideal candidate would have many or all of the following attributes:
  • A PhD in physics, astrophysics, or astronomy, along with experience in fundamental research in those subjects, and knowledge of current research and researchers in the field.

  • Interest in supporting/administrating, rather than only performing, physics and cosmology research, and in developing and implementing new strategies for doing so.

  • Strong interest, or better yet some experience, with scientific grants and grantmaking (e.g. serving on grant review panels, writing grants); willingness or experience in engaging with such constructs as 'budgets' and 'contracts'.

  • Very strong writing skills, scientific and otherwise. At least some computer skills and general tech-savviness.

  • Ability to work at least half-time, and in a 'virtual office' as a consultant with minimal infrastructure support.

  • Other ineffable qualities such as: strong self-motivation; good strategic planning capabilities; sound judgment; strong interpersonal skills.

Compensation will be at least competitive with postdoctoral research positions.

To apply:

Interested candidates should send a CV and detailed cover letter, in PDF format, to Kavita Rajanna. No phone calls please.

The position will remain open until filled.

 
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