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AS-R/Scientific Program Manager, Mobile Health in Rehabilitation Research


Stanford University is seeking a highly motivated Scientific Program Manager to help accelerate the impact of mobile technologies and computational algorithms on physical rehabilitation research. This position is a 2-year fixed term, with the potential to renew. This individual will oversee the scientific outreach programs for two national centers funded by the National Institutes of Health:

  • The Mobilize Center, which provides innovative biomechanical modeling and machine learning tools to advance the study of human movement
  • The Restore Center, which provides infrastructure and training to accelerate the use of data, such as from mobile sensor and video technology, for real-world assessments of movement and factors affecting movement


Candidates should be self-starters, comfortable with autonomy, and embrace opportunities to tackle new problems and challenges as part of a dynamic team in a start-up-like environment within the University.


The Scientific Program Manager will work closely with the Centers’ operations team and faculty members to implement and administer the vision, strategy, and goals of the two Centers. This individual will bring specialized technical knowledge in engineering, biology, biomedical research, and/or computer science and will play a critical role in developing and supporting our research-focused outreach programs, including scientific challenges, symposia, data-sharing communities, and communication through scientific publications, websites, tutorials, and other media. The Scientific Program Manager will also play a critical role in developing and implementing internal and external communications for a wide variety of technical and non-technical audiences and assist in the day-to-day management of the grants. Candidates will be appointed as academic research staff.


*2-year fixed term position, with the potential to renew



Some of the projects and roles that the candidate will be responsible for include:

  • Developing and leading scientific challenges for the biomedical and computer science communities. Examples including sharing wearable data from a clinical population of interest collected as part of several studies or at several clinical centers. Challenge participants might be tasked with diagnosing a condition of interest or predicting a key clinical outcome from the dataset.
  • Organizing training and outreach events for the research community, such as multi-day workshops and conference tutorial and symposia.
  • Developing and launching a fellows program to recognize and grow expertise in mobile technology of rehabilitation.
  • Developing a set of metrics to define success of the Centers, tracking these metrics, and leading the compilation of progress reports for the NIH and other stakeholders.
  • Leading the authorship of relevant review or perspective articles that help disseminate the state-of-the-art and needs for rehabilitation research.
  • Interfacing with the leadership of other similar NIH Centers to identify opportunities for collaboration and supporting existing collaborations.
  • Creating web content to help broadly disseminate the research, technology, and other resources of the two centers.
  • Tracking progress of human subjects research and ensuring regulatory and reporting requirements are met.



  • Ph.D. in engineering, biology, computer science, or a related scientific field
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and analytical skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to lead and manage projects with a high degree of independence



  • Research experience related to mobile health, biomechanics, data science, and/or rehabilitation
  • Prior experience in technical and nontechnical writing
  • Capacity to write and synthesize materials and communicate information in a manner easily understood
  • Familiarity with government funding agencies and academic research funding sources
  • Familiarity with human subjects experiments and policies

Interested applicants should provide a cover letter, CV, and two represntative publications or other work examples


Department of Bioengineering

Stanford Bioengineering is a dynamic and rapidly growing department within the Stanford Schools of Engineering and Medicine. For more than a decade, Stanford Bioengineering has sought to advance bioengineering as a fundamental discipline grounded in basic sciences, powered by unique engineering concepts and principles and capable of realizing many diverse applications. Our community ranges broadly from world class faculty and students to vibrant alumni and staff and includes some of the world's most successful leaders in bioengineering technology and business. Our staff stand shoulder to shoulder with faculty and students to enable cutting-edge research providing innovative solutions to global challenges.


What is the Mobilize Center?

The Mobilize Center is a Biomedical Technology Resource Center (BTRC) funded through the National Institutes of Health. It was created with the vision of enabling the research community to use mobile technology, such as 2-D video and wearable sensors, and other large-scale datasets to quantify movement biomechanics, extract insights about conditions that reduce mobility, and advance precision rehabilitation. The Center is developing new software tools, data-sharing resources, and training programs to achieve this vision. The Center includes faculty, research staff, operations staff, postdoctoral fellows, and students from several departments.


What is the Restore Center?

The Restore Center is one of six centers that form the Medical Rehabilitation Research Resource Network, organized under the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Its mission is to accelerate the use of mobile technology, such as from smartwatches and smartphone video, for real-world assessments of movement and factors affecting movement. As a national resource, the Restore Center provides pilot project funding, workshops, and other training and infrastructure to advance this research. The Center includes faculty, research staff, operations staff, postdoctoral fellows, and students from several departments.


The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned. 

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job. 

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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