Job Details
Project Officer
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 4, 5 or 6, depending on experience and qualifications
Closing Date: 03 June 2018
Reference number: HD_01273

Job Description

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations in the world. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany), with additional sites in Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton (UK), Rome (Italy) and Barcelona (Spain). EMBL is a world-leading international molecular biology research organisation providing an exciting environment for both scientists and scientific management.

The Arendt group is looking for a Project Manager with excellent experience in scientific project management to support the coordination of the Marie Sklodowska Curie ITN (Innovative Training Network), “EvoCELL - Animal evolution from a cell type perspective: multidisciplinary training in single-cell genomics, evo-devo and in science outreach”. The network focusses on single-cell genomics applied to the study of evolution and development of different marine organisms. It involves 12 labs from across the EU, and will hire 20 early stage researchers (typically predocs). EvoCELL will provide an articulated training program that, besides scientific training in the partner labs, includes scientific outreach and soft-skills training, as well as exposure to alternative career paths such as scientific writing, R&D in companies, and support to science.

The successful candidate will work closely with the coordinator of the network, Dr. Detlev Arendt, the other members of the network, the fellows and the EMBL administration.

Among others, the Project Manager will have the following responsibilities:

- Organizing and coordinating training and scientific events (summer courses, annual graduate schools, conferences and workshops on site and abroad).

- Communication within the network and with others outside the project, including dissemination activities.

- Acting as a reference and contact point for the consortium regarding all administrative and legal regulations of an ITN/H2020, as well as the EC IT tools.
- Compiling and delivering project reports to the EC.

Qualifications and Experience

The post holder will have outstanding and effective management and organizing skills and will enjoy working in an independent and pro-active manner, across a broad range of functions and with maximum flexibility in a dynamic international scientific environment. The ability to interact with network partners, fellows and other stakeholders in a reliable, kind and effective manner is an essential skill for this position. Effective multitasking and the ability to work with tight deadlines are also required. Very good spoken and written English language skills are essential for carrying out the work. Willingness to travel in Europe, as well as creativity and a collaborative team spirit are required. A relevant scientific background and experience in EU project management will be helpful.

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Additional Information

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review. The position entails the opportunity to actively engage and participate in the scientific life in the lab and in other research projects.

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