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Research Project Manager

  • Research Operations
  • Full-time
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Remote


Rarebase is a public benefit corporation pioneering a new approach to biotech - partnering with patient organizations to build their therapeutics engine. We're a passionate team focused on pushing the boundaries of translational science to help families and patient communities identify and develop new therapeutics with the highest probability of success.

Rarebase is backed by Blueyard Capital, pharma and biotech angel investors, families personally affected by rare disease, and other people that truly care about our mission and re-inventing the way rare disease therapies are developed. Our advisors are leaders in the biotech and rare disease community. We have the resources we need to be bold and take risks while continuously building for the long term. 

The Opportunity

Our team is actively developing a therapeutics discovery platform focused on neurological disorders.

You will work closely with our patient organization collaborators and Director of Research Operations on all project management. The ideal candidate will be both people oriented and detail oriented -- comfortable interacting with and supporting laboratory and scientific teams, and enjoy working with database and project management systems for recording the status of workflows.

To be successful in this role you will need at least 2+ years of experience as a coordinator or project manager in a regulated clinical research environment. You’ll be a great candidate if you love keeping projects organized and optimizing workflows to support scientific teams.

What you’ll do

  • Coordinate daily operations of biospecimen collection projects including but not limited to: requesting and processing of participant records, requesting and processing participant samples, coordinating sample pick ups and drop-offs with external vendors, and finding local options for sample collection

  • Planning, coordinating and overseeing activities required to manage the lifecycle of biospecimen samples (collection, processing, data delivery, and final sample disposition)

  • Coordinate procurement of research samples from existing vendors and collaborators, including coordinating execution of material transfer agreements. 

  • Maintain confidential, accurate, and detailed records of patient information and project operations in a database.

  • Maintain and label participant samples for downstream research projects. You will serve as the main point of contact between families donating their sample for research and the lab vendors we work with.

  • Interact directly with research participants and be available to answer questions about the informed consent process.

  • Prepare IRB submissions, applications, and annual reports. Complete all related regulatory documents and maintain correspondence with IRB as necessary.

  • Establish and develop Standard Operating Procedures for the conduct of our clinical research program. 

  • Capture, monitor and report on project deliverables in an organized management system. Work with scientific leads and management team to complete objectives on time and within budget.

  • Establish and manage contracts with external collaborators and vendors for goods and services.

What you’ll bring

  • Bachelor's Degree required.

  • 2+ years of experience working as a clinical research coordinator or research project manager in a clinical research setting.

  • 2+ years of experience working directly with research participants.

  • 2+ years of experience working with data tracking and organization preferred. Must have strong Google suite and project management skills. 

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively interact with all levels of staff and external contacts.

  • A team player who listens effectively and welcomes response and discussion. A collaborator who communicates in an open, clear, complete, timely and consistent manner

  • Experience in genetics and/or rare disease is a plus.

What we offer

  • An opportunity to work closely with patient organizations on translational research.

  • Based in California, we are building this team remote-first – after the pandemic we will offer frequent team off-sites.

  • Premium health and dental insurance.

  • Competitive salary and equity in a growing, well-funded startup.

  • Generous vacation policy.