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Scientific Project Manager

The Pirbright Institute - Immunogenetics

Location: Pirbright
Salary: Band D; from £32,361 with higher remuneration considered depending on experience and qualifications
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th September 2018
Closes: 10th October 2018
Job Ref: 18P-95

Contract type: Limited Terms for 3 years

The Pirbright Institute

The Pirbright Institute delivers world-leading research to understand, predict, detect and respond to viral disease outbreaks. We study viruses of livestock that are endemic and exotic to the UK, including zoonotic viruses, by using the most advanced tools and technologies to understand host-pathogen interactions in animals and arthropod vectors. Our major strength in understanding the immune systems of livestock provides a platform to control current diseases and respond to emerging threats.

Organisation position and purpose:      

The Pirbright Institute has recently received significant funding to expand our research programmes studying antibody responses in livestock. This includes a five year BBSRC project to coordinate and improve immunological reagents and a three year Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation project to define the fine specificity of antibody responses in cattle. Our overall aims are to remove barriers for vaccinology research in livestock and use knowledge of the antibody response to improve vaccine design. We are now recruiting a scientific project manager to help design, manage and coordinate these activities. This three years post will play a key role in assessing scientific progress against milestones and ensure knowledge exchange between internal groups and external collaborators.

We are looking for a very well organised person who is able to drive projects and collaborations while also providing input into the critical assessment of scientific progress. This will involve travel in the UK and internationally. The successful candidate will work closely with the Head of Programme, Immunological Toolbox lead and numerous external collaborators. This is a very science focussed project management position that will provide an opportunity to oversee and help influence several high-profile projects.

Main duties and responsibility

Responsible for managing immunological toolbox :

  • Maintain an accurate record of progress against milestones for individual projects
  • Organise and sometimes chair internal and external meetings with relevant stakeholders
  • Liaise with external funders and other stakeholders to maintain communication
  • Help identify new opportunities for further funding and help prepare applications
  • Provide logistical and design assistance to experimental planning
  • Carry out organisational duties including arranging UK project meetings, assisting in preparation of reports and liaising with funding body representatives


Contributing to the Immunogenetics Group and scientific community at Pirbright:

  • Service on committees, steering groups and other meetings as appropriate
  • Prepare presentations as necessary
  • Prepare publications as necessary
  • Perform outreach duties


Personal specification

  • Results driven with a clear ability time manage between multiple projects.
  • Good collaboration skills
  • Patience
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to problem solve and be creative in generating a solution whilst also able to perform the same activity in a consistent manner
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

Specific requirements


  • A PhD or equivalent in a relevant branch of biosciences
  • Significant and relevant experience in a recognised R&D environment
  • A basic knowledge of immunology
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • The ability to build and maintain collaborations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • An achievement record commensurate to the applicant’s career


  • Previous experience of project management
  • A good understanding of molecular biology
  • Experience working with multiple teams
  • A good understanding or experience of working with either antibodies or other variable immune molecules
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