Research Project Manager
Bar Harbor, ME
Job posting number: #7085813
Posted: September 21, 2021
Job DescriptionThe Research Project Manager is responsible for all aspects of the day to day operational delivery of behavioral and molecular phenotyping of new models of Huntington’s disease as a part of a new 5-year collaborative JAX-Harvard NINDS grant to PIs Kaczorowski, Gusella and Wheeler to identify “Genetic Mechanisms Controlling Resilience to Huntington's Disease”. This will include leading a team of Trainees, Research Assistants and Laboratory Technicians, to deliver, upload, QC, analyze and report on data generated by the team, and engage with our external collaborators, to ensure the successful completion of the goals of uncovering biological mechanisms of risk and resilience to Huntington's Disease using mouse genetic populations and human omics data.
Responsible for the line management and supervision of a team of up to 5 Trainees, Research Assistants and Research Technicians/Technologists
Responsible for the day to day operational delivery of adult phenotyping activities
Delivering a weekly phenotyping schedule that ensures all time critical phenotyping activities are completed and allows each team member sufficient time for non-time critical but essential aspects of their work, such as competency training, and data upload and QC. Adapt the schedule in response to planned and unexpected absences.
Working with the Center for Biometric Analysis and Mouse Production Team to ensure optimal flow of mice through the pipeline and target delivery.
Monitoring deliverables and ensuring goals are achieved
Identifying opportunities to improve the efficiency of the operation, quality of the data and throughput
Identifying opportunities to reduce the cost of the operation
Troubleshooting technical and informatics problems
Procuring capital equipment
Piloting and implementing altered, improved and new methodologies
Actively maintaining SOPs, validation methodologies and risk assessments
Responsible for phenotyping data
Ensuring and improving data collection, reducing manual intervention wherever possible
Ensuring the team uploads data to JaxLIMS in the agreed timeline
Developing and delivering a tiered system of data QC in collaboration with the CBA Biostatistician
Using agreed tools to report analyzed data and draw meaningful biological conclusions. Synthesizing data into reports, vignettes, and material suitable for peer reviewed publication
Liaising with the JaxLIMS IT team to deliver optimal operational usage of the interface, reporting bugs and defining new or refined functional requirements. These will be prioritized and brokered collaboratively with the incumbent’s line manager
Engaging with the PIs
Attending and actively contributing to internal steering meetings as directed by Principal Investigators
Attending and actively contributing to assigned working groups, face to face meetings and collaborative efforts to publish data
Assuming the role of point of contact with the for all protocol and data QC matters.
BS in Life Sciences required. Knowledge of mouse genetics and biomedical phenotyping that would normally be acquired through a Masters or a Ph.D. program in biological sciences.
Two years’ experience in a role leading team members
Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate clearly in person and in writing to subordinates, peers and higher level managers. Possess the ability to present one’s ideas and relevant information in a clear and concise manner.
Demonstrated ability to be a positive team player across diverse internal and external organizations
Advanced interpersonal skills sufficient for developing complex, dynamic relationship with a diverse variety of individuals representing a broad cross section of cultures, disciplines and levels of sophistications.
Excellent organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines.
Knowledge of project management and accountability.
Demonstrable ability to grasp complicated technical subjects, research project requirements, synthesize diverse lines of evidence, and extract meaningful biological conclusions from primary phenotyping data.
Ability to work with people across disciplines to gain their cooperation and commitment to projects with demanding deadlines, the ability to motivate others.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Proven track record in training research personnel.
The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,400 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in Augusta, Maine, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Connecticut, and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, California, and Shanghai, China. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.
JAX employees work in a collaborative, value-driven, and team-based environment where the focus is on advancing science and improving patients’ lives. Researchers apply genetics to increase the understanding of human disease and advance treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging, and heart disease. JAX was voted among the top 15 “Best Places to Work in Academia” in the United States in a poll conducted by The Scientist magazine!
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