Scientific Program Officer

The INCF seeks to enhance its Secretariat team with 1-2 talented and highly motivated individuals.

Job Description

INCF coordinates collaborative neuroinformatics infrastructure and promotes the sharing of data and computing resources to the international research community. We also aim to foster scientific interaction through information flow within our global network; valuate neuroinformatics activities and infrastructures; and to facilitate training in neuroinformatics. The INCF Secretariat is hosted by Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

We are now looking for a scientific program officer with a strong background in neuroscience and/or neuroinformatics to play a key role in managing at least one of our scientific programs. The INCF scientific programs represent long-term strategic undertakings to address issues of high importance to the neuroscience community. Main responsibilities will include strategic and tactical planning of INCF scientific programs, facilitating communication within and between programs, engaging stakeholders, and managing the program projects by documentating progress, and establishing and managing related contracts. Tasks include planning of and attendance at task force meetings, coordinating of semi-annual reports and maintenance of program-related sections of This position is full-time, based at Karolinska Institute, and involves travel and some irregular working hours due to collaborators in different time-zones.

The successful candidate should have the ability to balance perspectives, prioritize and maintain focus of the program. He or she must be able and comfortable communicating with scientists of various levels of seniority. For this position, a solid neuroscience background is required, with experience in neuroinformatics and experience as a program officer being highly advantageous. Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

The position is a one year contract, tentatively from May 1, 2012 to May 1, 2013, with a possibility for prolongation.


The candidate must be a stress-hardy and creative individual, able to deliver excellent work to short deadlines as well as handle complex long-term projects and multiple conflicting deadlines. The candidate should be comfortable working alone and in collaboration with others.

Required skills:

  • Post-graduate degree in neuroscience and experience in a research environment in a relevant area of neuroscience or neuroinformatics, such as computational neuroscience, neuroimaging or ontological representation.
  • fluency in spoken and written English
  • excellent organizational, communication and social skills

Desired skills:

  • project or program management, and budgeting experience
  • knowledge of neuroinformatics


Applications should be marked “Program officer” and include:

  • A complete CV
  • 2 letters of reference

Applications and inquiries should be sent in English as soon as possible to

Applications should be received by the Secretariat latest March 12, 2012.


For more information please contact:

Karin Buzzi-Donato Head of INCF Administration +46 (0)8 524 87027

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