Program Manager - Innovators in Science Award

JOB TITLE:  Program Manager, Innovators in Science Award


REPORTS TO:  Director, Innovators in Science Award

The Innovators in Science Award is a landmark new global award that recognizes and celebrates transformative research conducted by promising early-career scientists and outstanding senior scientists across the globe in Neuroscience, Gastroenterology, Regenerative Medicine, and Oncology. The award was jointly established in November 2016 by the New York Academy of Sciences and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, a global, R&D-driven pharmaceutical company committed to bringing better health and a brighter future to patients by translating science into life-changing medicines.

The Innovators in Science Award is a limited submission competition in which top research universities and academic institutions around the globe with a well-established record of scientific excellence are invited to nominate their most promising young faculty and their most extraordinary senior faculty working in the designated fields. Prize winners and finalists are selected by a panel of independently selected judges with expertise in these disciplines. The winners are honored at an annual Awards Ceremony and Symposium at the New York Academy of Sciences or in Japan.

For more information about the Innovators in Science Award, visit


The Program Manager will be responsible for and participate in multiple phases of the awards process, as well as partner with the Director in the stewardship of the entire awards process.


  • Working with the Director and other members of the Awards team, identify, select, and establish ongoing relationships with judges, nominators, and nominating institutions.
  • Review applications in broad disciplinary areas of expertise – spanning neuroscience, gastroenterology, regenerative medicine, and oncology; evaluating each application according to a rigorous quantitative and qualitative evaluation form; participate in group meetings to make a case for the selection of each application.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for approximately 15 judges in the disciplinary areas of expertise.
  • Work with the Academy’s marketing team to identify relevant scientific outlets for award promotion.
  • Assist with copywriting and copyediting of general promotional materials, scientific reports, and presentations to scientific communities.


  • Raise awareness of the award program to the scientific community and keep abreast of advances relevant to award program subject areas.
  • Work with the Academy's operations team and other vendors as needed to develop and execute program events.
  • Serve as one of many points of contact for public and media inquiries.
  • Work with Takeda to manage compliance reporting.
  • Work with the Director to develop scientific agendas for yearly award symposiums.
  • Provide general support and perform other duties as assigned by the Director.




  • PhD required in one of the following disciplinary areas: neuroscience, gastroenterology, regenerative medicine, or oncology. Experience in more than one of the designated field a plus.
  • One (1) to (3) three years postdoctoral research experience in an academia, industry, scientific publishing, or related setting. Successful candidates must have confidence and aptitude to evaluate applications beyond their primary field of study.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience, ability, and comfort in dealing with complex scientific information beyond own area of expertise.
  • Experience with grant writing and program management a plus.
  • Ability to work with multiple teams across departments and to manage multiple parallel projects with tight deadlines.


The Academy operates during standard business hours Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm.

Standard work week is 35 hours, unless otherwise noted.

Some travel to Japan may be required.


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.

Equal Opportunity and equal consideration will be afforded to all personnel actions involving

applicants and employees, including (but not limited to) recruiting and hiring, selection for training, promotion, job assignments, working conditions, rates of pay or other compensation, discipline, transfer and layoff, or termination.


Applications must include resume, cover letter and salary requirements.

We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package to both full-time and part-time staff that includes affordable health care insurance, tuition reimbursement, retirement plan, and liberal vacation time and holiday schedule.