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Scientific Project Manager II

The Scientific Project Manager II manages a portfolio of NIIMBL projects and programs of work aimed to address pre-competitive technical challenges or workforce needs ensuring projects are on track to deliver value to NIIMBL members and the industry.
Organization: NIIMBL
Location: Delaware
Contact: Debbie Desmond –
Posted until: 8/26/2024
Employment type: Full time
Organization type: Other

Full description:

Under limited direction, the NIIMBL Scientific Project Manager II manages a portfolio of NIIMBL projects and programs of work, which are vetted through a competitive project call process. Projects will further the NIIMBL mission of advancing and innovating biopharmaceutical manufacturing by addressing a pre-competitive technical challenge or advancing and/or creating resources for workforce training. The incumbent will play a critical role to ensure these projects stay on track to deliver value to the NIIMBL membership and the industry.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Manage a portfolio of NIIMBL projects to monitor technical progress of the research, ensuring deliverables and milestones are met and timelines stay on track.
  • Utilize subject-matter expertise to offer guidance and support project teams need to modify the work plans as needed, seeking appropriate input and approvals in accordance with NIIMBL governance documents and the NIST cooperative agreement.
  • Conduct monthly status meetings with each assigned project team.
  • Review and approve monthly, final, and follow-on status reports to ensure risks to the project are mitigated and projects are progressing.
  • Review and approve final technical reports and post-award impact reports to identify project achievements to be shared publicly. Inform the NIIMBL Marketing and Communications Director of publications, presentations, inventions, and other forms of intellectual property resulting from projects.
  • Identify relevant intellectual property landscape and risks based on reports from project teams and assist in technology transfer activities from project teams to other relevant organizations.
  • Ensure project outputs are being appropriately shared with NIIMBL membership and external stakeholders, in accordance with NIIMBL Bylaws.
  • Communicate project status updates in the NIIMBL Portal and by contributing to other NIIMBL communications to ensure the successful execution of the projects. Prepare project-related sections of required NIIMBL reports, which details the technical projects, including milestones and deliverables, undertaken by NIIMBL members on a quarterly basis.
  • Prepare reports and associated documents for NIIMBL staff, committees, and NIST, to communicate status of the projects.
  • Review and approve project invoices to ensure scope of work and deliverables are met.
  • Interface with NIIMBL Program Managers to ensure administrative and financial oversight of the projects are aligned with the technical progress.
  • Support NIIMBL Senior Counsel regarding the project teams development of their Intellectual Property Management Plan (IPMP) to ensure it complies with the NIIMBL Intellectual Property paradigm, NIIMBL Bylaws, and federal regulations.
  • The IPMP is developed as part of the project award agreement to outline IP ownership, rights, use of background IP, and patent prosecution fees, among other related details. Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelors degree and six years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Project management experience required, and Project Management Professional Certification preferred.
  • Effective communication skills. Ability to collect, analyze and interpret data and information from various sources.
  • Familiarity with project management resources and tools.
  • General knowledge of federal regulations and OMB circulars.
  • Ability to resolve complex problems/issues and to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.
  • Previous technology transfer experience preferred.
  • Experience working in a biopharmaceutical manufacturing environment preferred.

Special Requirements:

  • Ability to travel to NIIMBL member sites as necessary.

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The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Applications close: Open until filled

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