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Program Manager (Chemistry) - Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

JOB TITLE:  Program Manager (Chemistry), Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists


REPORTS TO:  Associate Director, Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists


The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists recognize early-career researchers who have made groundbreaking advances in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. The awards are independently administered by the Academy and funded by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, an active supporter of numerous leading educational, scientific, and cultural institutions throughout the United States and the world.  For more information about the four Blavatnik Awards programs, please visit

As a Topic-Area Specialist in Chemistry with focus on the Blavatnik National and Regional Awards programs, you are responsible for multiple phases of the awards process. While your primary responsibility is to the Blavatnik National and Regional Awards, if needed you may also participate in the administration of other programs, both on the Awards Team and in other areas of the Academy.  For example, you will be the Program Lead for the annual Blavatnik Science Symposium—a 2-day, invite-only event convening all Blavatnik Scholars and leaders in the science and technology fields—and will have an opportunity to work with the Scientific Programs team to organize scientific conferences in your field.

In this role, you will work with great scientists, be exposed to some of the most outstanding science in the world, and participate in “driving the next generation of scientific innovation”.


  • Conduct a thorough evaluation of all Chemistry nominations to the respective awards. Implement a rigorous and fair process to screen and rank nominees, ensuring consistency across subject areas and programs.
  • Choose and recruit judges based on their expertise and standing. Administer and facilitate in-person jury meetings.  Serve as primary point of contact for judges in your topic area and programs,
  • Prepare written, video, and multimedia materials to explain the honorees’ work to a broad audience. Assist in interpreting complex scientific information for internal and external stakeholders. Assist with writing, editing, and review of general promotional materials.
  • Work with other team members, the Academy’s operations team, and other vendors as needed to host the annual Blavatnik Science Symposium, Award Ceremonies for the respective awards programs, and other events.  Serve as the main organizer of the Blavatnik Science Symposium.
  • Stay up-to-date with the major scientific milestones achieved by Blavatnik honorees in Chemistry and other fields, and help to promote them and their work through our social media channels and other outlets as appropriate.
  • Work with the Scientific Programs team to organize scientific conferences in Chemistry (2-4 per year).
  • Remain aware of other activities at the Academy, interacting with other teams and providing insight and support where possible.
  • Other duties as assigned.




PhD in an appropriate subject area of Chemistry. One (1) to (3) three years postdoctoral research experience in an academic setting preferred. Additional experience in industry, scientific publishing, non-profit, or related setting is desirable. Experience with grant writing, program management, or other leadership roles outside of laboratory research are also desired.

Confidence, aptitude, and ability to evaluate applications beyond your primary field of study. Ability to translate complex scientific information into language accessible to non-scientists.

Outstanding oral and written communication skills. Ability to communicate professionally with a range of stakeholders.

Ability to work with multiple teams across departments and to be highly organized in managing multiple parallel projects with tight deadlines. Meticulous attention to detail, while having a big-picture perspective on tasks and projects.


The Academy operates during standard business hours, Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. Standard work week is 35 hours, unless otherwise noted.  Must be able to attend a few evening/weekend events per year.


This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, etc. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some movement is required. Examples world be lifting files, opening filling cabinets and bending or standing as necessary.


The New York Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer, adhering to the laws which prohibit discrimination in the terms, conditions and privileges of employment. Academy policy expressly prohibits discrimination in employment because of any legally impermissible classification, including but not limited to actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, and  any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.


Applications must include a resume, cover letter and desired salary to be considered.