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Career opportunity: Scientific Programs

Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)

The Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) works with the Lung Cancer Research Foundation’s (LCRF) Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), senior leadership team, and strategic advisors to design and execute a strategic scientific plan that fulfills LCRF’s mission. The CSO plays a leadership role in defining the organization’s research priorities, building and cultivating alliances with stakeholders, including academic, industry, nonprofit and governmental entities, and managing LCRF’s growing grant and investment portfolio. The CSO reports to the Executive Director.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Partner with Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) Chair(s), Scientific Executive Committee and senior staff to develop strategic scientific direction and goal; and drive the execution of research program objectives
  • Maintain a current understanding of needs and specific gaps in lung cancer research and partner with key stakeholders to develop solutions for overcoming these challenges
  • Provide direct supervision, oversight and support to Director, Scientific Program and LCRF’s scientific grant review and selection process; serving as a reviewer of grant applications and author of Requests for Application (RFA)
  • Develop strategic partnerships with industry including pharma, biotech and other partners to further collaborations and scientific investments that support LCRF’s strategic growth plans
  • Serve as a member of LCRF’s senior leadership team partnering closely with colleagues to develop and assess organizational strategic plans and initiatives
  • Support Foundation’s development efforts by meeting with existing and prospective supporters to showcase scientific insights and perspectives to further engage and cultivate funders
  • Partner with communications staff to showcase past, present, and future impact of LCRF’s research investments in lay terms that will resonate with key stakeholders
  • Manage, track, and oversee department budget
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the Foundation within the lung cancer community, at scientific conferences, and with press for LCRF programs and initiatives


  • MD or PhD in biomedical research or related field
  • 8+ years of post-doctoral work in research and development with experience in lung cancer preferred
  • Industry and translational research experience preferred
  • Experience with and strong understanding of preclinical research
  • Demonstrated success in developing, leading, and managing complex projects and high performing teams
  • Record of successfully designing and executing a scientific investment plan
  • Experience initiating, negotiating, and managing strategic investments
  • Experience initiating and managing multi-stakeholder partnerships between academia, industry, philanthropy, and government
  • Experience with donor cultivation, funder/client relations


  • Passionate about LCRF’s mission to improve lung cancer outcomes
  • Entrepreneurial, visionary approach with the ability to conceive of, execute, and communicate innovative solutions
  • Persuasive and articulate written, graphic, and verbal communication and presentation skills with the ability to translate complicated scientific and technical concepts into easily understandable terms for varied stakeholders and the general public
  • Be a trusted and informed resource for staff, partners and the broader community
  • Record of relationship building and partnership management among stakeholder groups
  • Excels when managing self and others through change and brings a strong sense of excitement and optimism
  • Creative problem solver who can rise to new challenges and capitalize on emerging opportunities
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and a team player
  • Demonstrated commitment to data-driven program development and evaluation
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Ability to maintain diplomacy and composure under pressure

Work Environment / Physical Requirements

  • This job will be performed in an office environment, primarily sitting at a desk and using a computer and phone.
  • In order to perform the essential functions of the job, the employee must be able to walk, bend, occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds, operate a computer and other office equipment.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Occasional travel may be required.

EEO Statement

The Lung Cancer Research Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter along with a resume to jobs@LCRF.org.

About the Lung Cancer Research Foundation

  • The Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) is the pre-eminent nonprofit organization focused on funding innovative, high-reward research with the potential to extend survival and improve quality of life for people with lung cancer. LCRF’s mission is to improve lung cancer outcomes by funding research for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of lung cancer.
  • To date, LCRF has provided $39 million in research grants to investigators around the world. In addition to funding lung cancer research, the organization focuses on lung cancer awareness and educational programs. The Foundation also hosts community events nationwide through the Free to Breathe Events Program.
  • For more information, visit LCRF.org.