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Job Summary

The Center for Chemical Genomics (CCG) was founded at the LSI in 2004 to provide expertise and resources to use high-throughput screening (HTS) strategies to start and advance novel drug discovery projects. CCG supports approximately 20 projects per year. The CCG is supported in part through funding provided by a RFA administered by the Center for the Discovery of New Medicines (CDNM).  Created in 2012, the CDNM’s mission is to identify, fund and mentor drug discovery projects across the University of Michigan campus.  With over 50 projects in its growing pipeline, the CDNM is early-stage drug discovery and development component of the larger campus-wide Michigan Drug Discovery platform.

With a dual reporting relation to the Director of the CCG and the Director of the CDNM, the Project Manager is involved in all aspects of strategic planning and execution related to enhancing and enabling therapeutic candidate assets, creating technical and procedural efficiencies, and communicating and educating the campus community about resources available to advance drug discovery and development.


    As a member of an early drug discovery research team, the candidate will be responsible for supporting activities including facilitating project reviews, evaluations, communication and obtaining appropriate project approvals and supporting documentation.

    Scientific Engagement:

    • Develop and oversee the full integration of the LSI Natural Products Extract (NPE) collection into the CCG screening library
    • Assist with process creation and improvements for quality control aspects of the CCG chemical library
    • Provide scientific input and advice to create efficiencies in screening processes, procedures, systems, equipment, etc.
    • Maintain technical expertise in academic drug discovery

    Leadership and Project Management:

    • Organize and execute CDNM review, prioritization and funding of research proposals
    • Support CDNM’s website and communication
    • Lead and manage project meetings related to screening projects funded through CDNM, external grant/industry funding or faculty discretionary accounts, to ensure knowledge of project strategy, goals and outcome
    • Track project timelines and bring issues to the Principal Investigator’s attention and assist with triaging solutions or removal of hurdles for project success
    • Update project timelines on an on-going basis to allow transparency to the organization
    • Ensure all decisions made at the project meetings are assessed as to their impact
    • Participate in leadership and networking activities that include conference calls with internal and external PIs and business development
    • Work closely with CCG and CDNM Directors to propose and execute on strategies to increase efficiencies and cost savings
    • Build and develop relationships with all aspects of U-M Drug Discovery community and promote academic drug discovery at U-M through internal and external opportunities
    • Track project return on investment using various metrics (publications, grant awards, industry collaborations, invention disclosures, IP filings, licensing deals) working with researchers and other campus units (Office of Technology Transfer, Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, faculty, departments, etc.)

    Required Qualifications*

    • Must be able to work independently to interface with and influence the myriad of partners and stakeholders within U-M biomedical community
    • Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Chemical Biology, Medicinal Chemistry or a related biomedical program
    • 2+ years’ direct experience in drug discovery
    • Publication record in peer-reviewed journals
    • Excellent planning, organization, execution and time management skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to work with and coordinate demands from multiple customers, both internally and with partners
    • Ability to prioritize and re-prioritize activities as needed to accomplish unanticipated requests or initiate new projects requiring immediate attention
    • Demonstrated attention to detail and effectively managing multiple projects and priorities
    • Strong oral and written communication skills and an ability to communicate complex concepts in a concise, simplified manner
    • Strong quantitative and analytical skills
    • High ethical standards, trustworthiness and a great degree of personal responsibility

    Desired Qualifications*

    • Experience working in or with a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company.
    • Experience with therapeutic candidate commercialization
    • Experience coordinating external service providers
    • Knowledge of intellectual property principles, patents and licensing agreements
    • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, a CRM database and project management software such as Microsoft Project

    Underfill Statement

    This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate. 

    Background Screening

    The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

    Application Deadline

    Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

    U-M EEO/AA Statement

    The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.