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Science Program Manager, Open Science

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Redwood City, CA

Advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity.


NOTE TO CANDIDATES: Please Provide A cover letter along with your resume.

Founded by Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg in 2015, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is a new kind of philanthropy that’s leveraging technology to help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges – from eradicating disease, to improving education, to reforming the criminal justice system. Across three core Initiative focus areas of Science, Education and Justice and Opportunity,  we’re pairing engineering with grantmaking, impact investing, policy work, and movement building, to help build an inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone.

Our Values

We believe we can help build a future for everyone.

  • We aim to be daring, but humble:  We look for bold ideas — regardless of structure and stage — and help them scale by pairing engineers with subject matter experts to build tools that accelerate the pace of social progress.
  • We want to learn fast, but build for the long-term: We want to iterate fast and help bring new solutions to the table, but we also realize that important breakthroughs often take decades, or even centuries.
  • Stay close to the real problems: We engage directly in the communities we serve because no one understands our society’s challenges like those who live them every day.  

Our success is dependent on building teams that include people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other's assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, we look for a diverse pool of applicants including those from historically marginalized groups — women, people with disabilities, people of color, formerly incarcerated people, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender nonconforming, first and second generation immigrants, veterans, and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Opportunity

Our mission is to support science and technology that will help make it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of the century. Interdisciplinary teams of physicians, biologists, computational scientists, and engineers can expand our understanding of the human body and illness — the very science behind medicine. CZI fosters collaboration between scientists and engineers, develops tools and technologies, and builds support for basic scientific research. 

Open science—the practice of sharing data, methods, software, and results in the open in a timely and effective manner, so that other scientists have the ability to learn and build on them—is core to our vision. We believe open science is key to empowering more people to engage in research and accelerate the pace, robustness, and reproducibility of science. In order to achieve this goal, we will invest in platforms and initiatives that can shift incentives and culture in scientific communities towards early, open sharing and collaboration. 

We are supporting the scientific open source software ecosystem through a dedicated grant program (EOSS), as well as in-house software development through our software engineering and computational biology teams. We are supporting large-scale open data initiatives like the Human Cell Atlas, a global project to create a complete reference map of all the cells in the human body. We have invested in platforms like bioRxiv and Protocols.io to accelerate sharing and linking of research outputs and we are building Meta, a biomedical research discovery service.

As a Science Program Manager for Open Science, you will drive the execution of open science initiatives in the scientific communities CZI serves. You will manage and assist the development and operations of grant programs to support open science, including programs in progress, planned, or future programs to be developed. You will coordinate closely with the rest of the CZI Science team and the external community. You will be a public advocate of CZI’s mission and our priorities in open science and you will contribute to shaping our strategic directions in this area. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of open science practices, how open source software, open data, and collaborative platforms are used in science, and how open communities function.

You will

  • Work closely with Science Program and Technology teams to help run grant programs in support of open science and represent them to the outside community: interact with grantees, design and manage the review process, manage the communication channels, and co-design grantee convenings and program workshops. 
  • Support the Open Science program's strategy by conducting landscaping of the relevant ecosystem and by assessing emerging needs and opportunities in the community, in collaboration with CZI Science’s User Experience Research team.
  • Serve as a liaison to the external community (e.g. developers, scientists, other funding agencies, open science advocates, and industry partners), including organizing, attending, and presenting at meetings to represent CZI and its programs and managing the relevant communication channels.
  • Collaborate with scientists, software developers, policy-makers and open science advocates to help identify new opportunities for the support and improvement of the open science ecosystem and contribute to shaping CZI’s strategic priorities. 

You have

  • Understanding of how open science resources are developed, shared, managed, and used, in academic and scientific research settings
  • Familiarity with governance, policies, and licensing best practices in open science
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to communicate and work with stakeholders from different backgrounds and at different career stages
  • 3+ years of product or program management experience in a position such as staff scientist, principal investigator of a research laboratory, software developer, policy manager, product manager, or in another area of scientific practice or software development such as government, biotechnology, or philanthropy, with a focus on producing, maintaining or supporting open outputs and practices.
  • 3+ years of experience in physical or virtual community-building activities, including designing hackathons, conferences, workshops, etc.
  • Familiarity with (linked) open data, scientific open source software, scientific and scholarly infrastructure a plus.
  • Experience working as a practicing scientist in the life sciences is a plus. 
  • Experience with initiatives to support participation and inclusion from underrepresented communities in science is a plus.

About The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

WHO WE ARE The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan in December 2015, is a new kind of philanthropic organization that brings together world-class engineering, grant-making, impact investing, policy, and advocacy work. Our initial areas of focus include supporting science through basic biomedical research and education through personalized learning. We are also exploring other issues tied to the promotion of equal opportunity including access to affordable housing and criminal justice reform. We look for bold ideas — regardless of structure and stage — and help them scale by pairing world-class engineers with subject matter experts to build tools that accelerate the pace of social progress. We make long-term investments because important breakthroughs often take decades, or even centuries. We engage directly in the communities we serve because no one understands our society’s challenges like those who live them every day. These partners help us identify problems and opportunities, learn fast, and iterate toward our goals for the next century. We strive to be lifelong learners who work collaboratively across functions in service of our mission.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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