Project Manager, Viral Emergence Research Initiative – Georgetown University Medical Center


kent, Sierra Leone

ID: 7122711 (Ref.No. JR14831)
Posted: February 3, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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Project Manager, Viral Emergence Research Initiative – Georgetown University Medical Center

Georgetown’s Viral Emergence Research Initiative is a research collaboration based at Georgetown University that uses the science of the host-virus network to understand zoonotic disease and pandemic threats. Recently established as an NSF Biology Integration Institute through a five-year NSF grant, we are expanding our data infrastructure and research, and establishing new programs in the lab, field, and classroom.

Job Overview

We are hiring a Project Manager to assist in development and coordination of Institute programming for research and education, and take on core administrative functions. In an exciting opportunity to join a collaborative and interdisciplinary team, they hold a central position in assuring the Institute’s achievement of its ambitious goals. Our ideal candidate has a keen interest in using team science to make the world a better place, strong interpersonal skills, and an interest in innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, mentorship, and outreach.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Supporting some of our key educational, training, and team-building programs, including an in-person and virtual workshop series for our cohort of doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows; a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE); a monthly Learning Community for educational and professional development; and our virtual lightning talk seminar series
  • Coordinating team research projects across institutions, including tracking project progress towards goals and matching skill sets and expertise to support collaborations
  • Working closely with the Director and Program Evaluator to track progress towards goals, monitor public engagement, and prepare annual reports and website updates
  • Scheduling and logistics support for committees and collaborative work
  • Coordinating with GUMC auxiliary departments at Georgetown for grant management and other administrative functions

Work Interactions

Reporting primarily to Dr. Colin J. Carlson, Director of the Verena Institute/Assistant Research Professor in the Center for Global Health Science and Security/Department of Microbiology & Immunology, the Project Manager coordinates closely with the department administrative group.


  • Graduate degree (Master’s or Ph.D.) in a relevant discipline and/or significant experience in a relevant field – for example, global health practice
  • 3 to 5 years relevant professional experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an interest in team science
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Familiarity with Google Drive

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in a project manager position
  • Formal training in: interdisciplinary research methods, program management, pedagogy, leadership, and/or science of team science
  • Subject matter familiarity and/or an active interest in virology, microbiology, disease ecology, climate science, and/or global public health
  • Comfort with Slack and Airtable

Work Mode: Hybrid. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University. Such review may necessitate a change to a position’s mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University’s mode of work designations for staff and AAP positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources Mode of Work Designation.

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