- Job Title
- Programme Manager (Earth Biogenome Project)
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 1 Jul 2019
- Starting Salary
- £39,150 - £47,850
- Hours per week
- Expected/Ideal Start Date
- 02 Sep 2019
- Months Duration
Main Purpose of the Job
Project manage specific tasks within the Earlham Institute (EI), this will initially primarily focus on project managing our new programme of research contributing to the Earth Biogenome Project.
INTERNAL: Reporting to the Head of the Research Faculty Office. This role will also work closely with groups across the Institute in particular the Director and the Director of Science, research faculty leaders, post-docs, the genomics pipeline project managers, executive assistants, and the shared support service teams in particular Contracts and Finance.
EXTERNAL: UK and international scientists, principle investigators and funding bodies. Particularly partners on the Darwin Tree of Life Project including the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Kew Gardens and the Natural History Museum.
Main Activities & Responsibilities
- Manage the Earth Biogenome Projects at EI, this will include: - Responsibility for time management of projects, drafting and/or implementing project plans. - Preparing, co-ordinating and leading the submissions of scientific business cases/grants: collating material, providing text, critical proof reading of documents and papers. - Create, maintain and manage central records during the lifetime of the project: tracking the progress of objectives and milestone delivery, budgets, invoices, and a lessons log. - Supporting task leaders in the coordination of the delivery of objectives. - Establishing effective project meetings. - Coordinating the drafting and final submission of grant reports. - Contributing to presentations and press releases by drafting and critical reviewing of text. - Manage interactions with external project partners.
- Support the Director and Research Faculty Office by drafting reports and briefing notes for the Executive Team, Senior Management Team and Board of Trustees.
- Liaising between the Research Faculty (work package leaders and post docs.) and Operations Division: Director of Operations, Genomics Pipeline, Communications, Business Development.
- As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role.
Education & Qualifications
- PhD in a relevant scientific discipline
- PRINCE II Project Management foundation or equivalent
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Working knowledge of project management productivity tools and principles
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and maintain effective performance when under pressure and meeting the needs of end-users in a timely way
- Excellent organisational skills
- Competence in the use and application of IT systems and computer packages
- Skilled in analysing qualitative and quantitative data
- Good knowledge of molecular biology and computational methods for sequence analysis and interpretation
- Good critical thinking to facilitate problem resolution
- Proficiency in project management productivity tools, able to develop and implement effective processes
- Substantial experience of project management
- Working in a research area relevant to the Institute
- Track record in scientific writing
- Taking minutes of scientific discussions
- Writing progress reports
- Financial management
- Science-related event planning and execution
- Interpreting strategic discussions, preparing an actionable written record of key discussion points
- Track record of contributing to the acquisition of diverse research funding (UK, EU and International)
- Experienced in the management of large-scale projects
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- Excellent communications skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information with clarity
- Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team
- Good negotiation skills, able to deal with difficult situations and negotiate agreed solutions
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills
- Excellent time management and organisational skills
- Promotes and strives for continuous improvement
- Demonstrates a commitment to high personal and professional standards. Assumes responsibility and accountability for the successful completion of projects, assignments or tasks
- Able to act as an ambassador for the Research Faculty/Institute and build key relationships locally on the park and externally
- Excellent mediator
- Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
- Able to present a positive image of self and the institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement of the Institute
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate
- Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
- Attention to detail
- Promotes equality and values diversity
- Ability to undertake occasional travel related to collaborations and/or seminars
Who We Are
Earlham Institute is a vibrant, contemporary research institute and registered charity, working in an area of rapid technological development and innovation.
Earlham Institute is strategically funded by the BBSRC to lead the development of a skill base in bioinformatics and a genomics technology platform for UK bioscience. The Institute is located on the Norwich Research Park, together with its partners: the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The research park has an excellent reputation for research in plant and microbial sciences, interdisciplinary environmental science and food, diet and health, to which Earlham Institute contributes strengths in genomics and bioinformatics. Close links exist between the NRP partners and new opportunities for collaboration in exciting new initiatives are under development. The NRP recently received £26M of government investment to facilitate innovation and further develop infrastructure to attract science and technology companies to the Park to enhance the vibrant environment and realise economic impact from research investment.
Earlham Institute is a UK hub for innovative Bioinformatics through research, analysis and interpretation of multiple, complex data sets. It hosts one of the largest computing hardware facilities dedicated to life science research in Europe. This has been boosted recently by an e-Infrastructure grant to expand the data storage capacity to a multi-petabyte unit, deploying a high performance cluster and large-memory server enabling the allocation of processes requiring several terabytes of computing memory.
Earlham Institute’s state of the art DNA sequencing facility operates multiple complementary technologies for data generation that provide the foundation for analyses furthering our fundamental understanding of genomes and how they function. We aim to be at the forefront of technological advances and are developing and implementing technologies to generate and analyse new types of data. We also develop novel platforms to provide access to computational tools and processing capacity for multiple academic and industrial users and promoting applications of computational bioscience. Earlham Institute has one fully owned subsidiary, Genome Enterprise Ltd (GEL) via which it offers genomic and bioinformatics services on a trading basis and works with commercial providers on a partnership basis. Earlham Institute also receives specific funding to enable knowledge exchange programmes which are supported across the institute teams.
The team are responsible for the complete life-cycle of all the Institute research grants, in particular large or consortium grants. We raise and maintain the quality of the grant submissions through internal review and horizon scan for funding opportunities. We also support the development and implementation of our science strategy. We oversee the recruitment of faculty and support career development, including our studentships and fellowship programmes.
Management and Leadership
- Demonstration of matrix management skills applied across an organisation or project
Programme Manager (Earth Biogenome Project)
The Earlham Institute is looking for three motivated people to join the new Darwin Tree of Life Programme that aims to sequence the genomes of 66,000 known species of animals, plants, protozoa and fungi in the UK. This is part of a global effort to sequence the genomes of 1.5 million species on Earth.
Work at the Earlham Institute will focus on analysing genomes to further our understanding of evolutionary processes that drive biodiversity in populations and ecosystems. We are also involved in applying genomics to the conservation and management of valuable ecosystems and to the sustainable use of biodiversity for public good.
All three roles will be based at the Earlham Institute on the Norwich Research Park where they will join a diverse community of scientists with expertise in genomics, biology, evolution, bioinformatics, computing and biotechnology.”
One of these roles is for a highly skilled Programme Manager to support the Institute’s involvement in the Earth Biogenome Project a global, collaborative initiative which aims to sequence the genomes of all species of life on Earth in the next 10-20 years.
Initial responsibilities will include managing our delivery to the Darwin Tree of Life Project, an ambitious plan to sequence all eukaryotic species in the UK and the Institute’s “fruits of the tree” projects.
The role will be key in the application for further funding to expand our engagement in these UK and global projects. This is a diverse, vital role and an excellent opportunity for someone seeking to move away from the bench into full time project management or seeking to move to project management in this exciting area of research.
This varied and dynamic role will involve providing high quality project management for activities in the Research Faculty Office in all aspects of implementing the Institute research strategy, taking responsibility for spearheading new activities.
The ideal candidate:
To be considered for this post, applicants must possess a PhD in a relevant scientific field. Candidates should have excellent experience of managing complex research programmes/projects and a working knowledge of project management productivity tools. Financial management experience is desirable.
Candidates should have prior experience of working in an academic environment and have a good track record of scientific writing. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to draft scientific documents is essential for this post. Candidates should be resilient, adaptable, organised and able to work well as part of a team.
Salary on appointment will be within the range £39,150 to £47,850 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time post for a contract of 2 years.
We welcome applications from candidates seeking job share, part time or alternative working patterns.
As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.
The closing date for applications will be 1 July 2019.