European COVID-19 Data Platform Project Manager
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 17 months
Grading: 5-6 (monthly salary starting at £2,738 or £3,063 after tax)
Closing Date: 25 September 2020
Reference Number: EBI01687
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory - European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking a Project Manager for the European COVID-19 Data Platform. The main purpose of the role is to provide the project management to ensure successful delivery  of the Platform through the four EC Horizon 2020 projects that support it.

The European COVID-19 Data Platform provides a foundation of data and services to support research activities in the fight against COVID-19. Launched in April 2020, the Platform develops with high energy and advances rapidly in content, technologies, functions and usage. Delivery brings together teams from across EMBL-EBI and a host of collaborating partners from European and Global institutions with budget in excess of €6M over two years.

As Project Manager, you will have a central role in driving forward and coordinating project activities between the teams involved at EMBL-EBI and at our collaborator sites, the EC and our grants and financial management groups, and you will take part in project dissemination activities. This position is an exciting opportunity to become involved in, and provide critical support for, a major component of the world’s scientific response to COVID-19, to contribute to society in the face of the crisis and to help to deliver infectious disease data infrastructure for reuse in the future.

Your role

The main activities that you will be involved in are:
  • Ensuring that European COVID-19 Data Platform deadlines, milestones and objectives are successfully achieved by providing support, proactive management and guidance to task and work-package leaders and other partners;
  • Coordinating overall project reporting, ensuring that all funders’ requirements for this are met;
  • Assisting project planning and budgeting processes;
  • Assembling and analysing metrics and outcomes;
  • Leading the scheduling and preparation of Platform meetings; minuting these meetings; following up on actions; circulating meeting reports;
  • Effectively and proactively communicating operational outcomes, risks, and ongoing processes to the coordinating investigator;
  • Contributions to web content in the Platform’s COVID-19 Data Portal and internal project pages;
  • Day-to-day management of Platform risks and opportunities, including project performance indicators and the risk register;
  • Involvement in sustainability planning for the Platform’s components;
  • You will work in the Data Coordination and Archiving Team, led by Guy Cochrane. You will collaborate with the EMBL-EBI grants and financial management offices.

You have

  • A postgraduate degree in the life sciences, ideally in a subject area that is relevant to the Platform;
  • Experience in coordinating complex projects across a team or a number of partners;
  • Demonstrable experience that is relevant to writing both technical reports and text for the lay reader;
  • Experience in planning and minuting meetings;
  • Excellent written and verbal English language skills;
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Good organisational skills, the ability to prioritise different tasks and to manage intermittent heavy workloads;
  • A proven ability effectively to interact with multiple stakeholders to deliver results;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Experience of working and delivering results in a high-paced, multidisciplinary professional/academic team environment;
  • The ability to handle confidential information and all situations with diplomacy and tact;
  • A high level of independent working, initiative, and flexibility.

You might also have

  • A good understanding of European research programmes, and demonstrated experience of managing EU-funded contracts and grants;
  • Previous experience in a service or support role;
  • Good working knowledge of the Google drive suite, Microsoft office packages, including Word and Excel;
  • Ability and eagerness to learn new software and tools where necessary;
  • Experience in using social media and developing website content.

Why join us

EMBL-EBI is a worldwide leader in bioinformatics. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by over 27 member states and two associate member states. We encourage personal and professional development and are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their potential at work.

Surrounded by picturesque South Cambridgeshire countryside, our Campus provides employees with a relaxed atmosphere where the pursuit of scientific discovery and meaningful work, underpin every role. In addition, our employees have access to a wide range of benefits including:
  • 30 days annual leave per year plus 8 bank holidays
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Unique pension scheme including 17% employer contribution
  • Annual salary review
  • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover)
  • Death benefit, long-term care, accident at work and unemployment insurances
  • Relocation package including installation grant (if required)
  • On-site library and subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria
  • Casual dress code
  • Free shuttle bus to and from Campus
  • Extensive sports and social club activities (run on campus and remotely)
  • Family benefits: Onsite nursery, child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances
  • Benefits for non UK residents: Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance

What else you need to know

This will be a busy role with frequently changing priorities. You may from time to time have to attend meetings outside normal working hours and undertake international travel. While the role is intended as full-time, it may be possible to adapt it to part-time working for the right candidate.

To apply
please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system. EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer. Applications are encouraged from all nationalities and this has continued after Brexit. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

This position is limited to the project duration specified.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.