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Job Req ID:  107170

Research Program Manager, CIDI

The Center for Infectious Diseases in India (CIDI) is seeking a Research Program Manager. This person will manage the research portfolios of CIDI faculty. This includes a collaborative Hopkins-Indo research program comprising multiple clinical research sites and employing 200+ people in India, 10 staff (budget, regulatory, administration, media/communication) and research mentees in Baltimore to conduct HIV/TB/ID clinical trials and observational studies that improve outcomes among those affected by infectious diseases. Currently there over 70 active Indo-US collaborative studies. Projects include multi-country clinical trials of TB treatment and prevention in adults (including pregnant women) and children, prospective cohorts of HIV/TB cases and household contacts, as well as ID diagnostic and vaccine studies in India. The Research Program Manager must be capable of leveraging project management techniques to effectively manage and track small to large-scale projects across multi-disciplinary teams and international collaborations. Candidate must demonstrate ability to proactively identify and improve projects and processes. The Research Program Manager may participate in site visits in India and will collaborate with several partner institutions to help create efficient research systems and facilitate project goals. This individual will be a vital member of a face-paced multidisciplinary center of professionals.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Works independently on a variety of complex level grants/contracts that range from simple to highly complex, including oversight of federal grants and private donation funds. These grants, contracts and awards may involve highly detailed budgets, multiple projects, Cores and Sub awards, Investigator-initiated, consortium projects, foundation grants, and clinical trials.
  • Work closely with the scientific, regulatory, and financial teams to ensure timely reporting to project sponsors, compliance with all regulatory requirements, and timely reporting and publication of study results.
  • Maintain good working knowledge of all assigned study protocols and reporting requirements for all CIDI-based faculty.
  • Support faculty during proposal development and implementation and support protocol-specific research staff across CIDI programs.
  • Coordinate with PIs to ensure all research conducted is according to approved protocols.
  • Prepare written reports for study sponsors. In collaboration with CIDI faculty, plan, direct, and execute Annual Progress Report/non-competing and competing proposal submission process.
  • Develop, review, and edit study-related documents and protocols with Principal Investigators and study teams.
  • Track and manage multiple projects and project-related issues simultaneously. Develop project plans, timelines, presentations, and checklists for various program activities and coordinate across India and U.S. based investigators, regulatory, and finance staff.
  • Manage proposal development process for complex multi-institutional grant proposals. Write and edit proposal sections, collect information from partners and subawardees, draft supporting documents/tables, biosketches, and letters of support.
  • Manage all assigned grant submissions to ensure timeliness and accuracy. Assist faculty with pre-award proposal preparations and generate proposal checklists to ensure completeness of submissions.
  • Utilizes scientific knowledge to edit scientific grants sections including specific aims, project summary, project narrative, and research strategy.
  • Utilizes knowledge of departmental, institutional and grant submission requirements to edit and correctly format other grant sections, such as equipment, facilities and resources, human subjects, vertebrate animals, resource sharing, authentication of key biological and/or chemical resources.
  • Provide instruction, preparation assistance, and support related to grant application procedures and pre-award management.
  • Build and/or maintain databases for abstracts/publications and programmatic management as needed. Use project management software to create dashboards for projects and PIs for ease of tracking and reporting.
  • Assist with development of study databases, including REDCap databases. Assist other CIDI research staff with best practices for study database research and design.
  • Assist as needed with literature reviews, drafting data tables, and editing abstracts/manuscripts from the Indo-US program.
  • Design and create standard operating procedures and manual of operating procedures as related to program management, student exchanges, publications, sample shipments, and other research program needs. Assist and provide input on knowledge management tasks led by CIDI Programmatic and Research Staff.
  • Organize and meet regularly with study teams to review overall study progress via in-person site visits and teleconference calls.
  • Assist Director in maintaining communication with affiliate institutions. Generate Powerpoint presentations as needed for both internal and external communications of project goals, accomplishments, and strategic plans.
  • Collaborate with US- and India-based finance staff and investigators to develop budgets and justifications in line with protocol-specific aims, participant enrollment criteria, and overall center needs.
  • Work with the in-country staff and Johns Hopkins India Private Limited (JHIPL) to operationalize necessary contracts and agreements for execution of project protocols.
  • Oversee coordination of the RePORT India Consortium and CTRIUMPH studies. Coordinate among U.S. and Indian partners and external collaborators, oversee coordinating hub staff based in India, assist with SOPs, facilitate meetings to solicit input form PIs and create action plans, and actively participate in scientific working group meetings. Collaborate with study team members to analyze/interpret large longitudinal datasets and draft/edit abstracts, manuscripts, and presentations.
  • Assist with development, implementation, facilitation, and tracking protocols related to the JHU Clinical Trials Unit based in Pune, India. Work closely with CIDI PIs and site staff in India to identify challenges and collaborate with Baltimore-based and in-country teams to meet clinical trials targets.
  • Develop job descriptions, screen/interview candidates, and recruit new staff to support CIDI, as needed.
  • Support Sr. Research Assistant with vetting student applicants and working with CIDI faculty to ensure appropriate placement for student exchanges.
  • *This description is a general statement of required duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude other duties as assigned.


  • Directly supervises Sr. Research Assistant and mentors other CIDI-based research staff. Meet with these staff regularly, troubleshoot issues, co-develop work plans and professional development goals, and help prioritize tasks.
  • Assist and supervise students and trainees involved with projects as needed.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in related discipline.
  • Five years related experience, including demonstrated supervisory or lead responsibilities
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula
  • Must have ability to travel to India.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Related Master's preferred.
  • Experience conducting health-related research.
  • Demonstrated skills in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to function independently with a high degree of motivation.
  • Ability to manage a team.
  • Ability to manage multiple and competing priorities.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office, reference managers, databases, spreadsheets, and word processing.
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of clinical research practices and principles.
  • Must have excellent time management skills.
  • The successful applicant will demonstrate an ability to work well with other professionals with minimal supervision, and be comfortable being part of a diverse professional team.

Classified Title: Research Program Manager 
Working Title: ​​​​​​​Research Program Manager, CIDI   
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD  
Starting Salary Range: $54,080-$74,390 Annually (Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: ​​​​​​​Hybrid/School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM DOM Infectious Disease 
Personnel area: School of Medicine 


Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:

JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate’s conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.


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