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Senior Technical Advisor - ARPA-H

Job Position Description: 


SoKat is seeking a Senior Technical Advisor for ARPA-H. Please Note: This position is contingent upon contract award. 


The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) is a new agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) focused on accelerating breakthroughs in health. ARPA-H operates with a high degree of flexibility and agility to support high-risk, high-reward research programs that have the potential to transform human health. The Business Financial Manager (BFM) plays a critical role in supporting ARPA-H's mission by providing comprehensive financial and administrative support to Program Managers (PMs) and the broader agency. In this role, you will be responsible for building and managing program budgets and justifications, financial tracking and analysis, supporting solicitation and acquisition materials, and overall tracking and coordination of funding forecasts-to-actuals.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Biology or a closely related field (e.g., bioengineering, genetics, immunology)

  • Minimum of 15 years of experience conducting and/or overseeing scientific research

  • Proven ability to identify and evaluate emerging technologies with high commercial potential

  • Experience working effectively with government clients and navigating the federal research funding landscape

  • Strong understanding of the “ARPA Model” used by ARPA-H and DARPA to manage transformative federal research programs

  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Strong work ethic and a passion for scientific discovery

  • U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident and able to obtain a Public Trust Clearance

Employment Benefits:

  • Full-time, W2 employment

  • Exempt, salaried

  • Eligible for paid benefits, including full health insurance package and PTO

  • Work with the brightest minds in academia and industry and with one of the fastest growing AI companies with a proven track record of innovation

  • Abundant opportunities for mentorship, training and career guidance in Artificial Intelligence, as it applies across all industries

  • Hybrid work/Must be able to be in office for in-person meetings in Washington D.C.


  • In this critical role, you will provide expert scientific and technical guidance on a wide range of biomedical research programs

  • You will play a pivotal role in shaping ARPA-H's research agenda by identifying and evaluating emerging technologies, particularly those with the potential to revolutionize biotechnologies

  • Leverage your deep understanding of biology (or a closely related field) to advise on the scientific merit and technical feasibility of proposed research projects

  • Analyze complex scientific data and translate it into actionable insights for program managers

  • Identify and evaluate breakthrough technologies with the potential to transform healthcare

  • Possess a strong track record of working effectively with government clients, particularly within the research funding landscape

  • Collaborate with a diverse team of scientists, engineers, and program managers to foster innovation and accelerate scientific progress

  • Communicate complex scientific concepts clearly and concisely to both technical and non-technical audiences

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