ELIXIR Junior Project Manager

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Contract Duration: Until 30.08.2019

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Job Description
ELIXIR is seeking a junior Project Manager with experience in EC projects to join the dynamic and international team at the ELIXIR Hub in Hinxton, UK. The main purpose of this role is to provide the project management needed for successful delivery of our externally funded projects, primarily, but not exclusively our two large Horizon 2020-funded flagship projects, ELIXIR-EXCELERATE and CORBEL.

ELIXIR-EXCELERATE has 53 partners and linked third parties spread over 17 countries with a total budget of more than €19M and drives ELIXIR’s implementation and current operations. CORBEL is an initiative of eleven biological and medical research infrastructures (BMS RIs), which together creates a platform for harmonised user access and data management. The consortium has 45 partners and linked 3rd parties with a budget of about €14M.

Working within the growing project management unit at the ELIXIR Hub, the ELIXIR junior project manager works in close collaboration with the other project managers, our technical coordinators and the external relations team at the ELIXIR Hub as well as with colleagues at the 21 national ELIXIR Nodes and other project partners throughout Europe. This is a key role in a dynamic and international environment where you, supported by senior colleagues, will have the opportunity to project manage large and complex EC grants.

It is expected that you will apply and actively contribute to further development of good project management practice and strong project management capabilities within the ELIXIR Hub and wider ELIXIR organisation. As required you may also contribute to the development and submission of further large, multidisciplinary, and multi-collaborative grant proposals to a wide range of funding agencies and organizations, including both public and private external entities.

In order to provide effective support, you will need to stay abreast of the development of ELIXIR as well as related organisations and initiatives and may from time to time have to attend meetings outside normal working hours and undertake international travel.

Qualifications and Experience
The ideal candidate will have a University degree in life-science, computer science, engineering or another quantitative discipline with experience of working in a high-paced professional/academic research environment.

Good project management experience in an international research environment is required with proven ability to effectively interact with multiple stakeholders to deliver results.

Good understanding of European research programmes including the negotiation of project collaboration agreements and demonstrated experience of managing EU-funded contracts and grants is a strong asset.

Solid knowledge of MS Office in particular MS EXCEL and Google Docs is required

This will be a busy role with frequently changing priorities so it is essential that you:

  • Are able to organise and independently manage delivery within a multi-disciplinary, collaborative team environment;
  • Meet deadlines and handle a heavy workload by openly and proactively clarifying priorities;
  • Are able to work to a high level of accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Have a flexible approach, self-motivation and resilience;
  • Are able to effectively collaborate to deliver exceptional results as part of a team;
  • Are prepared to work occasionally outside normal office hours if required;
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