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Project Manager - Center for Multiomic Human Brain Cell Atlas Laboratory of Dr. Joseph Ecker

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Reporting to the Principal Investigator of the Center for Multiomic Human Brain Cell Atlas (“the Center”), this PhD level molecular biologist, bioinformaticist, neuroscientist and/or geneticist will be responsible for the oversight and management of research progress in the Center and the development of reports to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) as part of the federal BRAIN Initiative Cell Atlas Network (BICAN).
Building on the prior success of the U19 Center for Epigenomics of the Mouse Brain Atlas (“CEMBA”), the Center will produce detailed single-cell multiomic and spatial cell maps at the single-cell level across 100 anatomically defined regions in the human brain. The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating and facilitating Center-related research activities across four world class institutions, monitoring the flow of samples and production of data, facilitating decision making, risk management, resource negotiation, planning, oversight of research progress, reporting to federal and consortium stake holders, and supporting effective information flow between groups. Primary duties include the organization of research team and Center leadership meetings, and production of quarterly milestone and annual progress for the NIMH. The Project Manager (PM) will also implement and oversee the Center Plan for Enhancing Diverse Perspectives (PEDP).
Project Management (60%):
The PM will be responsible for overseeing the pipeline for sample acquisition, tissue distribution, nuclei preparation and genomic analysis. This effort will include interaction with laboratories and investigators across institutions to develop an efficient workflow. The PM will also develop appropriate performance metrics and tools for tracking progress in meeting Center milestones and goals, and will use robust record keeping procedures to document team efforts and data production.
PM activities will include:
  • Scientific Leadership Committee (SLC) meetings: As a member of the SLC, the PM will organize monthly meetings of Center principal investigators to facilitate efficient communication and smooth workflow between groups across multiple institutions.
  • Bi-weekly Scientific Meetings: The PM will organize regular bi-weekly team science meetings, with speakers from Center laboratories presenting their scientific progress. Regular team meetings are also a forum to assist in the coordination of efforts across the Center research program and to monitor team progress in achieving quarterly milestones.
  • Reporting to NIH/NIMH: The PM will oversee Center progress and obtain updates from Center team members as needed to compile the quarterly milestone reports and annual progress reports for NIH. The PM will also assist in developing Center publications and presentations at scientific conferences as needed.
  • Interactions with BICAN Data Centers: The PM will work with external data centers and archives as needed to ensure open access to Center data for the scientific community.
Enhancing Diversity (40%):
  • The Project Manager will be responsible for monitoring progress toward the goals of the Center plan for enhancing diverse perspectives (PEDP). As leader of the PEDP, the PM will coordinate the annual Center bioinformatics workshop and summer research training programs. The PM will ensure that scientists from diverse backgrounds are taking part in these activities, and will survey participants to assess the training experience and to obtain feedback.
  • As part of the PM’s role in managing data production, the PM will review tissue records to ensure that samples from subjects from diverse backgrounds are regularly obtained and processed as part of the Center data acquisition effort.
  • Postdoctoral working experience in one or more area of molecular biology, neuroscience, and/or genomics.
  • Evidence of leading team efforts.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience in reporting of progress to federal agencies.
  • Strong background in understanding various genomics technologies (eg. SMART-seq, ATAC-seq, mC-seq, etc.).
  • Ph.D. in related field.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Strong presentation and critical thinking skills.
  • Excellent strategic thinking and advising skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to successfully facilitate cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to effectively interact with all levels internally and externally to build credibility and relationships
  • Ability to manage projects and priorities with exceptional organizational and time management skills.
  • Proficient in advanced techniques with relevant software: eg. Excel, PowerPoint, Word, MSProject etc. in addition to experience working within shared work environments.
  • Strong understanding of critical path activities.
  • Ability to anticipate risks and proactively create contingency plans in collaboration with project teams.
  • Ability to generate analyses of timeline and resource information that facilitates scenario planning, contingency planning, risk assessment and management, problem solving, and decision-making.
This position will be constantly adjusting focus, grasping, hearing, keying, seeing, sitting, talking, analyzing, calculating, communicating, reading, reasoning, writing and working inside.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)