- Job Title
- Senior Project Manager (Genomics Pipelines)
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 24 Oct 2019
- Starting Salary
- £31,625 - £38,575
- Hours per week
- Months Duration
Main Purpose of the Job
The Senior Project Manager (SPM) will join the Project Management Team within the Genomics Pipelines Group at the Earlham Institute and provide project management support to the Genomics Pipelines and Core Bioinformatics Groups. The SPM will play a key role in the delivery of genomics data and analyses from initial enquiry to delivery.
The Genomics Pipelines and Core Bioinformatics Groups deliver next-generation sequencing data and analyses across a range of technology platforms on a fee-for-service basis, while developing new pipelines at the edge of innovation. Projects will be planned and executed in an environment of rapidly-changing technologies and procedures, with a requirement to implement new processes at the same time as delivering high-quality data across a large number of projects.
The SPM will work closely with members of the Genomics Pipelines and the Core Bioinformatics Groups to deliver scheduled projects to collaborators/customers both within and without EI. The SPM will report to the Project Management Team Leader and will be responsible for interpreting project requirements, advising on experimental design, assisting with sample submission, tracking and reporting on project progress, and delivering data/analyses.
The SPM will support the Project Management Team Leader in delivering projects on time, within budget and to agreed specifications, with the aim of supporting EI’s strategic science programmes and the National Capability in Genomics and Single Cell Analysis.
Internal: Members of the Genomics Pipelines Group, including other members of the PM team, Research Assistants, Team Leaders and Head of Genomics Pipelines; Core Bioinformatics Team; DNA Foundry Group; Technology Development Teams; Science and Research Groups; Communications and Business Development Team; Advanced Training Groups; Institute Director(s) and Business Support colleagues.
External: Collaborators and Customers; Finance Team and other NBIP colleagues; Health and Safety co-ordinators; Industry partners and technology suppliers.
Main Activities & Responsibilities
- Providing day-to-day project management support to the Genomics Pipelines and Core Bioinformatics Groups; coordinating group members to accurately track projects through sample processing and analysis pipelines; providing regular feedback to collaborators/customers on project progression, including preparing summary reports as required; communicating risks and other issues that may compromise or delay project delivery; reviewing data/analysis output against project specifications; overseeing delivery of final datasets and analyses.
- Providing expert guidance to collaborators/customers from initial enquiry to quotation delivery; interpreting and understanding customer/collaborator requirements; communicating with the relevant members of the Genomics Pipelines and Core Bioinformatics Groups to develop the optimum project plan, carefully considering scientific objectives, technologies and resources available, and budgetary constraints; preparing formal quotations to reflect agreed project specifications, clearly communicating costs, deliverables, timescales, and risks to collaborators/customers; providing details of technical methodologies in support of grant applications.
Maintaining a comprehensive record of enquiries using EI’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, ensuring that information is complete/accurate and tracking case progress to ensure that enquiries are dealt with in a timely fashion and prioritised as required.
Guiding collaborators/customers through sample preparation and submission, ensuring that the technical and scientific requirements of the project are documented and communicated to the project delivery team to enable efficient delivery of data and analyses.
Maintaining up to date records of project status and completed projects; providing details of technical methodologies to support manuscripts for publication.
- Assisting the Project Management Team Leader in preparing activity and forecast reports; contributing to the development of promotional material and technical documentation.
- Attending scientific conferences and trade shows to represent EI, promote the services offered by the Group, and network with existing and prospective customers/collaborators.
- Keep up-to-date with the primary literature to keep abreast with advances and best practices in the field of genomics/bioinformatics.
- Any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role, as agreed with the Project Management Team Leader.
Education & Qualifications
- PhD in Biological Sciences (or equivalent experience)
- Project Management training or qualification
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Demonstrated ability to deliver projects on time, within budget and to agreed specifications
- Detailed understanding of next-generation sequencing laboratory or bioinformatics workflows
- Familiarity and demonstrated confidence in use of Microsoft Office programs, especially in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Demonstrated rigorous and methodical approach to work
- Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems
- Demonstrated organisational skills, including ability to plan own work
- Detailed understanding of next-generation sequencing laboratory and bioinformatics workflows
- Demonstrable experience in end-to-end project management and a proven track record of successful delivery
- Recent experience in genomics and/or bioinformatics, with a particular focus on next-generation sequencing
- Experience in a customer-facing role and working with key stakeholders
- Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team including management, scientists and administrative support
- Experience in writing scientific reports and manuscripts
- Experience in managing and coordinating collaborative relationships with others
- Experience of working in a service environment, developing and nurturing efficient and effective customer relations
- Experience in preparing funding applications and grant proposals
- Experience with Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)
- Experience with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Systems
- Experience with Issue and Project tracking systems
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication, analytical and interpersonal skills, and an ability to communicate information, both routine and complex, clearly in written and verbal form
- A collaborative attitude and the ability to work effectively to deadlines
- Excellent diplomacy skills and interpersonal skills
- Willingness to travel and work a non-conventional work pattern at times
- Promotes equality and values diversity
- Attention to detail
- Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
- Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
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.
Genomics Pipelines Group
The Genomics Pipelines Group oversees the BBSRC-funded National Capability in Genomics and Single-Cell Analysis and the Earlham Institute’s state-of-the-art DNA sequencing facilities. We provide scalable infrastructure and tools for data-driven science, backed by one of the largest high-performance computing data centres dedicated to life sciences in Europe. We work closely with EI’s Science Faculty to develop and implement the genomics pipelines which support the Institute’s core scientific programmes and provide wider access to our technologies to the UK bioscience community through cutting-edge services.
The Earlham Institute is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Senior Project Manager (SPM) to join the Genomics Pipelines Group to play a key role in the delivery of genomics data and analyses from initial enquiry to delivery.
About the Earlham Institute:
The Earlham Institute (EI) is a research institute focused on exploring living systems by applying computational science and biotechnology to answer ambitious biological questions and generate enabling resources. The Genomics Pipelines and Core Bioinformatics Groups deliver next-generation sequencing data and analyses across a range of technology platforms on a fee-for-service basis, while developing new pipelines at the edge of innovation.
The Senior Project Manager will work closely with members of the Genomics Pipelines and the Core Bioinformatics Groups to deliver scheduled projects to collaborators/customers both within and outside EI. The SPM will report to the Project Management Team Leader and will be responsible for interpreting project requirements, advising on experimental design, assisting with sample submission, tracking and reporting on project progress, and delivering data/analyses with the aim of supporting EI’s strategic science programmes and the National Capability in Genomics and Single Cell Analysis.
The ideal candidate:
The successful applicant will possess at least a PhD or equivalent experience in Biological Sciences and will have substantial post-graduate experience in genomics and/or bioinformatics with a particular focus on next-generation sequencing. The successful applicant will also have demonstrated ability to deliver projects on time, within budget and to agreed specifications as well as experience in a customer-facing role. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are also required.
Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,625 to £38,575 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a fulltime post on a permanent basis.
Interviews will be held during week commencing 4th November 2019.
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