Job Description

Payroll Title:
MEDICINE/ Medical Genetics
Hiring Pay Scale
$75,000 - $115,000 / Year
La Jolla
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

#125659 Academic Research Program Manager

Filing Deadline: Fri 12/8/2023

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The Ideker Laboratory is recruiting a Program Manager for Bridge2AI, a new NIH initiative to broadly enable artificially intelligent systems in biomedicine.

The Bridge2AI Consortium seeks to bridge the biomedical and behavioral research communities with the rapidly growing community of experts developing AI/ML models by producing flagship datasets that adhere to the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reproducible) and critically integrate ethical considerations in preparing data for computation. The overall goal of Bridge2AI is to generate flagship datasets and best practices for the collection and preparation of AI/ML-ready data to address biomedical and behavioral research grand challenges. Bridge2AI integrates data science with data management and analytic experts to unlock the potential of AI/ML for the scientific community.

More information about the Bridge2AI Program here:

More information about our Bridge2AI Project here:

Position Responsibilities

The Program Manager will oversee general project activities, perform project tracking and reporting for the various aspects of our Bridge2AI award. In particular this position will -

  • Promote and organize cross-project and cross-module communication and collaboration, such as organizing meetings.
  • Proactively monitor the progress of the project, gathering input from participating laboratories and groups as they orchestrate the production of monthly/quarterly/annual reports.
  • Maintain ongoing relationships with all the PIs and key personnel to be sufficiently informed on the details of project milestones and module tasks to be proactive in their coordination activities.
  • Represent the research program to outside organizations.
  • Organize participation in internal and external meetings, such as periodic meetings of the funding programs.
  • Prepare project-related publications.
  • Orchestrate the creation and submission of funding proposals, including renewal and supplementary funding proposals.
  • Collaborate with Fund Managers at multiple sites, PIs, and other key personnel.
  • Works under direction of Principal Investigator or more senior Academic Program Officer to establish center agenda, funding, objectives. Administer all finance, human resources and facilities and other operational activities for small to mid-sized academic research program. Administer major program components, and some or all of the program's operational requirements. Develop and organize conferences and other public forums.


The Program Manager will need a high-level understanding of the science and technology involved in Bridge2AI. Previous experience in machine learning is required, additional experience in genomics and/or cancer research is a plus.

About the Ideker Lab

The Ideker Laboratory is in the Division of Human Genetics and Precision Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine. We are a vibrant research team of 30-40 staff, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students known for its friendly, inclusive, and collaborative environment. We perform bioinformatics research coupled with wet-lab investigations, working in the areas of network biology, data-driven hierarchical modeling, and machine learning applied to biomedicine. We also support multiple open-source software projects, some with 100K+ users. The research goal of the Ideker Lab is to develop a new type of medicine based on knowledge of the complete physical and functional maps of the cell. We are developing new ways to create these maps directly from genome scale measurements (genomic, proteomic, and metabolomic) and to use these maps to translate the increasingly complex data gathered from patients to predict disease outcomes and develop better treatments.

More information about our lab here:


  • Six (6) years of related experience and education/training, OR an Advanced degree in related area plus three (3) years of related experience/training.

  • Proven project management experience. Ability to manage multiple sub-projects simultaneously.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers and managers. Skills to establish and maintain good working relationships with diverse groups to achieve results, with emphasis on collaboration, tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism, and discretion.

  • Solid fundraising experience.

  • Thorough knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Solid communications skills with the ability to speak and write persuasively and creatively.

  • Strong ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills.

  • Highly skillful with programs such as Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Adobe Acrobat.


  • The Program Manager will need a high-level understanding of the science and technology involved in Bridge2AI. Previous experience in machine learning is required, additional experience in genomics and/or cancer research is a plus.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $63,400 - $142,800 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $30.36 - $68.39

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