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Project Manager, RAPID

Department: RAPID Manufacturing Institute

About Us

AIChE is a professional society of more than 60,000 chemical engineers in 110 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government, using their knowledge of chemical and biological processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. We support key industry needs in a variety of technology by creating professional communities in areas related to chemical and biological engineering; identification of gaps and barriers in implementation of technology, and identification of needed research to the technology domains including chemical process development, biological engineering, bioprocessing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, process intensification, process development, materials research and nano-technology.

The RAPID Manufacturing Institute, part of the Manufacturing USA network, operates out of AIChE, and in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), to promote transformation of the chemical process industry with the goals of improving energy efficiency, reducing waste, and increasing safety and productivity.  RAPID continues to grow beyond the initial DOE funding to include projects from a variety of funding institutions.

Position Summary

The Project Manager will work and collaborate with the RAPID Technical Team to facilitate a wide range of technical and outreach activities within the RAPID Manufacturing Institute. The Project Manager works with RAPID staff to monitor and facilitate a portfolio of research projects. This is a rewarding and demanding position that requires personal dedication to the missions of AIChE, RAPID, and several Federal agencies (i.e. DOE, NIST). The successful individual will handle a diverse project load in a fast-paced environment, supporting RAPID as it continues to evolve.


  • Perform project management activities for RAPID R&D projects, including those resulting from the original DOE award and other additional projects from other sources
  • Monitor project teams relative to milestones, identify any problems or successes, develop an understanding of the technical and financial project risks, work with project teams to clear roadblocks, assist with work plan changes, and assist with project close-outs
  • Ensure project milestones, technical progress, project outputs and financials are properly reported to RAPID leadership and the federal funding agencies
  • Work with senior-level RAPID technical team staff to assist with strategic program management
  • Contribute to new funding proposals to agencies and other funding institutions.
  • Handle the logistics for virtual and face-to-face meetings and events


  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Project management: plan timelines, implement projects and complete milestones
  • Meticulous organizational and scheduling skills
  • Relationship management with multiple levels of stakeholders in a highly collaborative  environment
  • Ability to take the lead  and motivate a team in a project-centered environment
  • Adapt to new situations and quickly problem solve
  • Affinity for ongoing technical learning and application

Software Proficiencies

  • MS Office Products (advanced PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook and Teams)
  • Project management software (e.g. Smartsheet, MS Project or other)
  • Web Conferencing (e.g. Zoom)


  • Accountability
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Problem-Solving

Education & Work Experience Requirements

  • BS in  chemical engineering from an accredited university; graduate degree a plus
  • 2-3 years’ work experience in chemical engineering after acquiring the undergraduate degree.  Experience in research or process development preferred
  • Work experience with corporate, academic, government, non-profit organizations

Location & Travel

This position is remote, but the individual is required to reside within the United States.  On an as needed basis, the position may require approximately 20% travel.

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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