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Program Manager, Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists (Physical Sciences and Engineering)

Location: New York, NY

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

About the New York Academy of Sciences
The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization that since 1817 has been committed to advancing science, technology, and society worldwide. With more than 20,000 members in 100 countries around the world, the Academy is creating a global community of science for the benefit of humanity. The Academy's core mission is to advance scientific knowledge, positively impact the major global challenges of society with science-based solutions, and increase the number of scientifically informed individuals in society at large. Please visit us online at www.nyas.org.

The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists is a landmark national award for young scientists 42 years of age or younger. Established in 2007, the program recognizes and supports early-career scientists who have made innovative advances in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and chemistry. The awards are managed 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. The Blavatnik Family Foundation was founded by Len Blavatnik, an American industrialist and chairman of Access Industries — a privately-held, global industrial group.

Until 2013, the Blavatnik Awards were limited to young scientists in the New York Tri-State area. However, due to the tremendous importance and success of the program, the Academy, with the support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation, expanded the geographical coverage of the awards in 2014 to include scientists nationally from across all of the United States.

In 2017, the Academy, with the support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation, will be creating two new sets of awards to include young faculty-rank scientists in the United Kingdom and Israel. We are seeking a Physical Sciences and Engineering Program Manager to handle nominations and other programmatic aspects in this very important international expansion.

For more information about the Academy and the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, visit www.blavatnikawards.org.


JOB TITLE:  Program Manager, Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists (Physical Sciences and Engineering)


DEPARTMENT: Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists


REPORTS TO:  Director, Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists



As a Topic-Area Specialist 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 the rest of the team in the stewardship of the awards. The awards are on a yearly cycle, and there will be different demands on your time with each phase: from playing a role in the establishment and launch of the new awards, to assessing a broad range of nominations, explaining the honorees’ work to a non-specialist audience, and interacting with previous honorees at our yearly symposium and awards ceremonies, to name just a few.

Throughout the year you will work with great scientists and be exposed to some of the most outstanding science in the world, whilst “driving the next generation of scientific innovation”.



  • Work with the Director and other members of the awards team to ensure successful launch of the awards in the UK and Israel, in particular ensuring potential nominators are made aware of the awards.
  • Working with the Director and other members of the awards team, conduct initial and ongoing identification and selection of judges and nominators.
  • Work with the Director and the rest of the team to ensure the program is defined and supported appropriately in both the UK and Israel, and the nominations process runs smoothly.
  • Once nominations are received, review approximately 200+ applications in physical sciences and engineering, 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 broad disciplinary area of expertise in both the UK and Israel, and solicit their input both electronically and in person to choose finalists and laureates for the awards.
  • 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 yearly 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 of general promotional materials.
  • Serve as one of many points of contact for public and media inquiries.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • PhD required in an appropriate subject area of Physical Sciences/Engineering.
  • One (1) to (3) 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 be highly organized in managing multiple parallel projects with tight deadlines. Experience in the United Kingdom and/or Israel scientific ecosystem a plus. Some travel to the United Kingdom and Israel may be required.

The Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer seeking a diverse workforce. 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.


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