Organisation: Sanger Institute, UK
Salary range £34,003 - £41,144 plus excellent benefits
Fixed term for 2 years with possibility of extension (dependent on external funding)
Job Reference: 83170
Deadline for applications: 15th September 2018
We are looking for a Project Manager to join the Kwiatkowski group to lead the coordination of a newly funded project – “Global Health Research Group on genomic surveillance of malaria in West Africa” funded by NIHR.
Malaria is a major cause of childhood mortality and socio-economic disruption; control efforts have been ramped up significantly in the last 15 years and this has made a significant impact. However, there is a serious risk that these gains could be reversed in the foreseeable future, because Plasmodium parasites (that cause malaria) and Anopheles mosquitoes (that transmit the parasites from one person to another) are becoming increasingly resistant to malaria control interventions. The overall goal of this project is to establish local capacity in several malaria endemic countries for monitoring drug and insecticide resistance and to develop analytical outputs that will be of practical value to National Malaria Control Programmes (NMCPs) in planning effective interventions. This is an exciting time to join our team as we start a new paradigm where genomic surveillance is integrated into malaria control and elimination decision making.
Together with the MRC Centre for Genomics and Global Health at Oxford University, we serve as the resource centre for MalariaGEN, a data-sharing network of malaria researchers in more than 40 malaria-endemic countries (www.malariagen.net). Over the past 12 years, MalariaGEN has established an international reputation for generating large open access datasets. These data have become the benchmark for Plasmodium and Anopheles population genomics; for promoting equitable data sharing between researchers in rich and poor countries; and for research capacity building in malaria endemic countries. Providing equal opportunities and valuing diversity are intrinsically part of our core values.
The ideal candidate will be someone who has worked in the area of infection genomics and wishes to focus on its translation. Working in a scientific administration capacity – this role will need to work closely with research partners in malaria endemic countries and by extension to national malaria control programmes – to integrate genetic and genomic epidemiology into malaria control decision making with a focus on establishing amplicon sequencing technologies in malaria endemic regions. This is a broad role that is process oriented and requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills. It involves internal co-ordination as well as liaising with external research collaborators including traveling to malaria endemic regions.
- A degree (BSc/MSc) in biological sciences.
- Work experience in multi-cultural and multi-institutional settings.
- Experience of working in the scientific sector.
- Excellent communication skills, ability to communicate within a complex team with geographically dispersed staff and with a variety of audiences across different cultural backgrounds.
- Excellent Project Management skills and the ability to understand complex operational issues. Experience of working with a wide range of audiences from different institutions or third party companies. Well organised and clear thinker with the ability to understand, absorb and relay complex information clearly.
- Proven ability to be self-starting, work to deadlines and manage complex processes involving a number of different people while being respectful of other individuals’ responsibilities.
- Excellent time management and proven ability to manage multiple tasks.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to develop strong collaborative working relationships internally and across a wide range of stakeholders.
- Excellent negotiating skills and diplomacy.
- Willingness for occasional travel to meetings including to malaria endemic countries.
- Work experience in infections genomics and/or epidemiology.
The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre and committed to training the next generation of genome scientists. Focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease and a world leader in the genomic revolution, our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of human and pathogen biology in order to improve human health. We aim to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens. Our science is large-scale and organised into Programmes, led by our Faculty who conceive and deliver our science, and supported by our Scientific Operations teams responsible for all data production pipelines at the Institute.
Our Campus: Set over 125 acres, the stunning and dynamic Wellcome Genome Campus is the biggest aggregate concentration of people in the world working on the common theme of Genomes and BioData. It brings together a diverse and exceptional scientific community, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to pursue some of humanity’s greatest challenges.
Our Benefits: Our employees have access to a comprehensive range of benefits and facilities including:
- Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme and Life Assurance
- Group Income Protection
- Private Health Insurance
- 25 days annual leave, increasing by one day a year to a maximum of 30
- Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, a childcare voucher scheme, Campus Nursery and Summer holiday club
- Two days paid Employee Volunteering Leave a year
- Employee Discount Scheme
- Campus Gym, tennis courts, cricket pitch and sports hall plus a range of dining facilities
- Active Campus Sports and Social Club
- Free Campus Bus Service
Genome Research Limited is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We will consider all applicants without discrimination on grounds of disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. We are open to a range of UK-based flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.
Please include a covering letter and CV with your application. Closing date: 15th September 2018
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