Research Project Manager (Life Sciences)

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Research Project Manager (Life Sciences)

Closing Date

Sunday, 31 January, 2021
Reference: 323_20_DIR_RSTD_PMOLS
Job title: Research Project Manager (Life Sciences)


About BSC
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the leading supercomputing center in Spain. It houses MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, and is a hosting member of the PRACE European distributed supercomputing infrastructure. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC combines HPC service provision and R&D into both computer and computational science (life, earth and engineering sciences) under one roof, and currently has over 700 staff from 49 countries.

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Context And Mission
We are looking for a candidate to manage and coordinate the full life-cycle of research projects within BSC’s Project Management Office (PMO), with a focus on projects of the centre’s Life Sciences Department, from the preparation of proposals to the execution and closing of projects. The chosen candidate will be responsible for the management of the recently report to the Senior Project Manager assigned to BSC's Life Sciences Department.
Key Duties
  • Detect, communicate and explore funding opportunities for assigned research groups, and agree and maintain a call calendar with the group leaders in order to ensure proper planning of proposals
  • Proposal Management. Take the lead on the definition and writing of the management section of project proposals where relevant, and coordinate contributions from other partners regarding use of resources, budget, project governance etc. Contribute to other sections of the proposal where needed, including the impact section. Ensure that administrative requirements of proposals are met (eligibility etc.)
  • Contract Management. Take the lead in negotiating, supervise the drafting and signing process of contracts (consortium agreements, NDAs, grant agreements, contracts with companies etc.) ensuring that the interests of the BSC and its researchers are protected. Interface with BSC legal services, BSC researchers and external parties
  • Project Coordination. Carefully plan the use of resources and monitor the progress of work, anticipate possible problems and maintain excellent communication with the Principal Investigator and with the Project Officer or equivalent from funding agencies. Keep track of budgets and effort spent. Organize and participate in consortium meetings, teleconferences, reviews and other events. Prepare and submit high quality periodic reports on time (collect and review consortium information). Ensure compliance with contractual obligations and help to resolve possible disputes between partners
  • Others. Collaborate to improve the operation of the PMO by sharing best practice. Take responsibility for specific BSC research groups and establish a good relationship with the group leaders and other researchers in the group to help them achieve their aims
  • Education
    • University Degree (Some relation with Life Sciences might be an advantage)
    • Related courses in project management and research project proposal preparation a plus
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • At least two years’ experience in research project management
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Experience coordinating research proposals and projects funded by the Framework Programme of the European Commission, the Spanish Plan Estatal as well as bilateral contracts with companies, will be an advantage
  • Competences
    • Fluency in English essential
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Willing to travel
    • Used to working autonomously and taking the initiative
    • Used to working under pressure with strict deadlines
    • Good report writing skills essential (in English)
    • Good skills in word processing, spreadsheets and presentation applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint or equivalents)
  • The position will be located at BSC within the Directors Department
  • We offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Temporary - until 31/10/2022 renewable
  • Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona
  • Starting date: asap
Applications Procedure
All applications must include:

  • A Cover Letter with a statement of interest in English, including two contacts for further references - Applications without this document will not be considered

  • A full CV in English including contact details

The vacancy will remain open until suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be regularly reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted.
Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment
BSC-CNS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable state or local law.


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