Program Manager


  • Administration & Management - Academic
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

A project manager position for a newly funded National Institutes of Health Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Center (EIDRC) is available in the laboratory of Prof. Nikos Vasilakis at the University of Texas Medical Branch. The Coordinating Research on Emerging Arboviral Threats Encompassing the Neotropics (CREATE-NEO) Research Center will provide a nimble and flexible network of surveillance sites in Central and South America coupled to cutting-edge modeling approaches in order to anticipate and counter emerging arboviruses to study the transmission and emergence dynamics of emerging zoonotic arboviruses. The multinational collaborative CREATE-NEO Research Center will also build local capacity to detect, predict and respond to emerging arboviruses at their point of origin, thereby maximizing the potential to avert full-blown emergence.

The Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Disease (CREID) is a coordinated network with centers in regions around the globe where emerging and re-emerging infectious disease outbreaks are likely to occur. Multidisciplinary teams of investigators will conduct pathogen/host surveillance, study pathogen transmission, pathogenesis and immunologic responses in the host, and will develop reagents and diagnostic assays for improved detection for important emerging pathogens and their vectors.

Job Description:

The Program Manager is responsible for personnel, operational and financial management to facilitate research progress and reporting.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master of Public Health or PhD degree from an accredited university or equivalent, with 5 years of experience in program management.

Specific Job-Related Duties:

• Provides leadership for planning, implementing activities and writing progress reports.

• Plans and implements educational programs including seminars and symposia utilizing a variety of methods including mass media, newsletters, electronic technology and distance learning.

• Coordinates visits among scientists at partner institutions (as applicable).

• Prepares quarterly reports and yearly impact statements on program progress and accomplishments.

• Supports the efforts of Center Principal Investigators and co-Investigators.

• Individually and collaboratively explore and pursue new and additional funding sources to enhance and extend program opportunities.

• Oversees and supervises all business and administrative activities relating to program operations and budget.

• Provides leadership for the program and promotes teamwork.

• Serves as a liaison between institutional departments and national and international Center partners to assess Center needs and develop project plans and budgets.

• Coordinates all joint operations for the Center with both internal and external sources. Works with other campus departments and Center partners to establish collaborative programs.

• Assists in identifying potential funding sources for the Center and prepares/monitors budgets to ensure services are provided in a cost-effective manner.

• Reviews existing contracts for renewal.

• Facilitates development of goals, performance standards, and objectives of the Center.

• Works with other campus departments and Center partners to establish collaborative programs.

• Responsible for identifying and evaluating the need for new equipment, supplies, communication services, and information services for all areas of the Center.

• Initiates implementation plans for new projects and services within the Center

• Adheres to internal controls and reporting structures.

• Assists in grant writing.

• Performs related duties as required.

• Ability to travel nationally and internationally as required

• Candidates must be English-speaking and fluency (or working knowledge) in Portuguese and/or Spanish will be preferred.

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) is one of the largest, fastest growing academic health centers in the U.S., with student enrollment expanding more than 40 percent during the last nine years to help meet the critical demand in Texas for health care professionals. The state’s first academic medical center, UTMB Health has been at the forefront of educational, research and clinical excellence since its founding in 1891.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of professional goals, and names of three references electronically to:

Prof. Nikos Vasilakis

Email:; Tel:409.747.0650

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

UTMB Health strives to provide equal opportunity employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. As a VEVRAA Federal Contractor, UTMB Health takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Education Requirement:
PhD or MPH
UTMB Galveston
3.108 Keiller Bldg
301 University Blvd
Galveston , TX 77555-0609
Nikos Vasilakis, PhD