Senior Program Officer, Translational Modeling - Quantitative Sciences, Global Health
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Location: Seattle (United States)
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Job Description

The Global Health Program (GHP) harnesses advances in science and health technology to save lives in low and middle income countries. We focus on the health problems that have major impact in these countries but get too little attention and funding to overcome their challenges.  Where proven tools exist to address these problems, we support sustainable ways to improve their delivery to people in need. Where they don’t, we invest in research & development of new interventions, such as drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics. 

Position Summary & Responsibilities

The foundation’s Integrated Development (IDev) group comprises teams focused on Quantitative Sciences, Regulatory Affairs, and Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls. IDev plays a critical role in advancing the development of products and interventions that support our team strategies across Global Health.

Idev is recruiting an exceptional Limited Term Employee for an 18 month role on the Quantitative Sciences(QS) Team. As a Senior Program Officer (SPO, you will be in the role of a Translational Modeling  colleague, working with internal Program Strategy Teams and external grantees and partners. You are responsible for overseeing all forms of model-based analyses to inform program strategy decisions with a particular focus on drug development programs across disease areas.  You will work closely with IDEV leadership team and key stakeholders n the disease related program strategy teams to inform decisions that guide our investments in the development of new interventions.

As part of the QS team, you will contribute to the implementation of the team’s strategic vision while managing external consultants and grantees in addressing program challenges and engaging at the Global Health Program level. Specifically, you are accountable for the following domains of activity:

The position will report to Deputy Director, QS, and is based out of Seattle, WA

Quantitative Pharmacology Contribution to Internal Program Teams:

• Implementation, delivery, and impact assessment of quantitative pharmacology solutions towards Foundation Global Health strategic objectives.

• Conceptualize, articulate, and implement strategies for making significant and sustainable impacts on Global Health projects and decision-making through the application of quantitative pharmacology and model-based drug development principles. This includes translating new knowledge into effective interventions and decisions to support the program teams.

• Provide rigorous reviews of GH clinical trial projects as part of an internal Design, Analyze, Communicate program.   This program brings together experts in biostatistics, clinical, regulatory and quantitative pharmacology from IDev and incorporates contributions from both internal & external stakeholders to maximize the probability that a proposed clinical trial will be informative and successfully assess its desired endpoint. 

Engagement with External Grantees/Partners:

· Play a leading role in the use of Quantitative Science to influence Product Development Partners, Multinational Companies, and Regulatory Agencies with whom we interact and work.

· Identify & cultivate partners to build coalitions and achieve objectives; manage partnerships to achieve impact.

· Serve as a leader and resource to grantees to achieve strategic objectives.

· Attend internal meetings to represent Quantitative Sciences as well as being a representative of the foundation at external meetings.

· Actively search for and create opportunities for partners and solutions to leverage available resources.


We are looking for a global expert in the field of Quantitative Pharmacology (i.e., pharmacometrics) and drug development with recognized medical, scientific, management and strategic planning skills. Clinical and research experience is essential.

The is an ideal “sabbatical-like” opportunity for a senior pharmacometrician who who thrives on translating research findings into knowledge to guide decision making. Experience working with the private sector is essential.

In terms of experience, the candidate should have:

• A PhD in a related field and/or an M.D. or Pharm.D.

• A minimum of 7 yrs. experience in the design and implementation of Quantitative Pharmacology solutions for a broad range of pharmaceuticals and monoclonal antibodies.

• Demonstrated excellence in scientific writing and data analysis, written and oral communication skills, and experience advocating and communicating results particularly to a non-modeling audience.

• Demonstrated ability to synthesize commercial and technical information towards strategic decisions; along with the ability to articulate the value propositions from both a business and technology perspective.

• Strong diplomacy and partnership skills, with the ability to successfully influence senior level stakeholders in pharma/industry/global health roles.

• Demonstrated ability to work with efficiency, diplomacy, and flexibility particularly as part of a team effort.

• Experience in working in teams with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.

• Ability to prioritize, focus and achieve results in a fast paced and complex environment.

• An understanding of regulatory requirements necessary for the various phases of drug development and experience interacting with regulators

• A sense of humor

Additionally, candidates with a work history which demonstrates:

• Success supporting a highly skilled and driven client base with diverse backgrounds.

• Demonstrated ability to lead and build relationships to gain the respect and trust of others.

• Intellectual quickness, curiosity, discipline, resourcefulness and resilience.

• Ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, enthusiasm, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a team.

• A passion for the Foundation’s values with commitment to deliver results against our mission.

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.

All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to:

* Race

* Color

* Age

* Religion

* Pregnancy

* Sex

* Sexual Orientation

* Disability

* Gender Identity

* Gender Expression

* National Origin

* Genetic Information

* Veteran Status

* Marital Status

* Prior Protected Activity

About BMGF


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is an American private foundation founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. The primary goals of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and, in the U.S., to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. 

The foundation works with partners worldwide to tackle critical problems in five program areas.

  1. Our Global Health Division aims to reduce inequities in health by developing new tools and strategies to reduce the burden of infectious disease and the leading causes of child mortality in developing countries.
  2. Our Global Development Division focuses on improving the delivery of high-impact health products and services to the world’s poorest communities and helps countries expand access to health coverage.
  3. Our Global Growth & Opportunity division focuses on creating and scaling market-based innovations to stimulate inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
  4. Our United States Division works to improve U.S. high school and postsecondary education, and support vulnerable children and families in Washington State.
  5. And our Global Policy & Advocacy Division seeks to build strategic relationships and promote policies that will help advance our work. Our approach to grantmaking in all five areas emphasizes collaboration, innovation, risk-taking, and, most importantly, results.