Project Review Specialist

The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research, a charitable organization based in New York City, actively partners with scientists worldwide to accelerate research that will transform cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.  Since 2017, The Mark Foundation has awarded over $220 million in grants to investigators at more than 100 academic institutions across 16 countries, with research programs focusing on early career support, team science collaboration, new technology innovation, and therapeutics discovery.  Additionally, The Mark Foundation maintains a growing portfolio of investments in early-stage cancer diagnostics and therapeutics companies, including several that have transitioned from grantee projects into commercial development.

As the Foundation continues to scale, we are looking to bring aboard a Project Review Specialist who is a motivated scientist with a broad knowledge of cancer research, seeking to accelerate research from the lab to the clinic. Reporting to the Head of Discovery and Preclinical Research, this individual will work as an integral part of the Foundation’s scientific team. The primary responsibility of the Project Review Specialist is to monitor the progress of projects in The Mark Foundation portfolio, to identify successes and challenges encountered by our grantees, and to clearly communicate their findings with The Mark Foundation team and other stakeholders.

This position entails deep involvement with the scientific research we fund, and with the investigators who carry out this research. Scientific rigor, keen curiosity, attention to detail, and strong communication skills are essential for success in this role. Also, emphasis will be placed upon strength in scientific writing, and the ability to communicate scientific concepts to both technical and lay audiences.

This position may be fully remote, in-person in our Manhattan office, or hybrid. Subject to the need of the organization, there may be a future opportunity to expand their role within The Mark Foundation over time.

This position is a fractional role with flexible working hours, contingent upon your availability and the needs of the organization. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Please send your cover letter and resume to for more information about this opportunity.

Key Areas of Ownership

  • Assess the progress and impact of ongoing research projects funded by The Mark Foundation, and ensure projects meet established timelines and milestones
  • Engage with funded researchers to implement solutions to obstacles and challenges, and accelerate the pace of discovery
  • Communicate progress and impact assessments clearly and appropriately to all stakeholders, including grantees, Mark Foundation staff, donors, and partners
  • Maintain and expand own area of scientific expertise
  • Scientific writing for various projects as needed

To be Successful in the Role

  • Doctoral degree in life sciences (PhD, MD, or equivalent)
  • Minimum of three to five years of post-graduate experience working in cancer research or cancer-related research area (post-doc or other scientific work experience in academia or industry). Individuals with more experience and seniority are encouraged to apply
  • Experience with writing successful academic grant proposals, and/or evaluating and reviewing grant proposals
  • Familiarity with state-of-the-art technologies, platforms, and scientific methodologies as applied to cancer research
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in cross-functional teams and ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy

The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse and comprehensive workforce based on merit and experience. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants without regard to unlawful considerations of sex, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and/or expression), pregnancy, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion or similar philosophical beliefs, disability, marital and civil union status, age, genetic information, veteran status or any personal attribute or characteristic that is protected by applicable local, state or federal laws.