Program Manager - Physical Sciences & Engineering, Blavatnik Awards

DEPARTMENT: Blavatnik Awards

REPORTS TO: Director, Blavatnik Awards

Scope of Responsibilites

The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists is a highly successful program that utilizes resources across and beyond the New York Academy of Sciences. Established in 2007, the Blavatnik Awards program recognizes early-career scientists who have made innovative and interdisciplinary advances in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, and Chemistry. Until 2014, the Awards were limited to applicants from the New York tri-state area but due to the tremendous success of this program the Academy was asked to extend its geographical coverage to include young faculty-rank scientists across the United States. Since 2014, the Blavatnik National Awards have been recognizing outstanding young faculty members, with nominations invited from over 300 institutions across the United States. The success of the National Awards has been recognized by both the Academy and the Blavatnik Family Foundation, leading to the launch of two new international Blavatnik Awards in 2017.

We are seeking a proactive and team-oriented Program Manager in Physical Sciences & Engineering to handle nominations and other programmatic aspects of the Blavatnik National and Regional Awards.

As a Program Manager in Physical Sciences & Engineering, you will be responsible for and participate in multiple phases of the awards process, as well as partner with the Director and their peers in the stewardship of the entire awards process and communications with the Blavatnik Scholars: our previous winners. The role brings the opportunity to work with great scientists and other luminaries in promoting and supporting science and scientists through the program and the Academy more widely.

Primary Accountabilities

  • Working with the Director, the Chief Scientific Officer, and other members of the Awards team, conduct ongoing identification and selection of judges and nominators.
  • Review 200–300+ applications in broad disciplinary areas of your expertise; evaluating each application according to a rigorous quantitative and qualitative evaluation form. Participate in group meetings to discuss selection process and ensure consistency across both subject areas and Blavatnik Award programs.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for approximately 10 judges in the broad disciplinary area of expertise for both National and Regional awards. Assist with the planning and execution of both the National and Regional jury meetings.
  • Help to prepare materials to explain the laureates' work to a broad audience on the website, in press releases, and in presentations at awards ceremonies.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of the annual Blavatnik Science Symposium at The New York Academy of Sciences.
  • Work with the Academy's operations team and other vendors as needed to develop and execute the awards ceremonies and other program events.
  • Assist with copywriting and copyediting and review of general promotional materials.
  • Stay up to date with the major scientific milestones achieved by Blavatnik honorees in your subject area and help to promote them and their work through our social media channels and other outlets as appropriate.
  • Serve as one of many points of contact for public and media inquiries.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • PhD required in a discipline within the Physical Sciences and/or Engineering.
  • One to three years postdoctoral research experience in an academic, industry, scientific publishing, or related setting.
  • Successful candidate 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.

How to Apply

Applications must include a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements.