- Data Management
- Project Management
The Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT is looking for a Project Manager to join the Stanley Center Global team. This individual will be part of a dynamic multi-disciplinary effort to exploit the most advanced technologies for human genetic analysis to understand psychiatric disease mechanisms, identify potential biomarkers, and
ignite needed progress in therapeutics. The Stanley Center is organized into intellectually porous teams based on principal disciplinary areas of focus including: Genetics, Cellular Models, Neurobiology and Animal models, Technology development and Genome-scale neurobiology, and Therapeutics. This role is both strategic and tactical to support the successful scientific execution of individual projects and integration across teams.
This is a unique opportunity to help shape an organization that is at the forefront of research in severe mental illnesses. The Program Manager will support Stanley Center PIs and Admins in collaborations with Asia Institutions. The Program Manager will work closely with local teams in Asia on field logistics and day-to-day research activities, manage research budgets at the Stanley Center, and liaise regularly with partner organizations on the ground to fulfill the scientific aims of the program projects. The position will lead preparation of IRB/local ethics committee applications, coordinate data collection and sharing, and help synthesize and interpret research findings for publications and future grant applications. Additionally, the Program Manager will help present and disseminate research results, write research reports, and oversee creation of deliverables, as well as help implement new research projects. The position will afford an opportunity to grow in a high throughput technical environment for a bright, logically minded, experienced scientific project manager.
The ideal candidate will be highly collaborative and will work well in a team. The candidate must enjoy working with research compliance, be detail oriented, and be capable of thinking logically about research processes. The candidate should have a background in research compliance, clinical or genomics/genetics research.
Research compliance (80% year one, 30% thereafter)
Understands and applies principles of protection for human research subjects to study conduct
Independently conducts regular site visits to multiple sites in China to monitor research compliance in several different Stanley Center funded project, including biospecimen collection studies. Including review of consent forms, logs and case
report forms for compliance with research protocol and study standard operating procedures.
Prepares reports for study PIs and Stanley Center Research Compliance Manager on findings of at monitoring visits.
Serve as a source of information on established guidelines and best practices and advises study staff appropriately.
Provides training to new study staff on compliance and documentation expectations or as part of a corrective action plan when necessary.
Organizes and implements administrative systems and procedures necessary to perform the required responsibilities
Monitor the subwards for compliance issues.
Oversee the data collection components of the study to ensure scientific integrity.
Negotiate memorandum of understandings as well as expenditures. Ensure compliance with Institute and sponsor policies.
Assist with the submission of IRB documentation, material transfer agreements and data access agreements, dbGAP submissions and other required documentation.
Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision
Project management (20% year one, 70% thereafter)
Develop and maintain a summary project plan that provides a broad overview of the
Project, tracking timelines and activities.
Assist the PI’s to identify key research objectives and milestones and hurdles limiting the success of the Project. Ensure achievement of milestones on time and on budget.
Develop and maintain partnerships with international collaborators and serve as a liaison between these groups and the PI.
Manage the generation, processing, analysis, reporting and transfer of research data.
Prepare and issue monthly reports of project activities to PI and administration.
Prepare the Annual Report sections and Stanley Center Symposium Program.
Facilitate efficient meetings with agendas, project overviews, minutes and reports (both scientific and financial), and action items, and set up infrastructures to enable the rapid dissemination of information.
Coordinate information flow and communication between all collaborators.
Maintain infrastructures that allow for the rapid dissemination of information among all stakeholders. Compile and maintain records, files, reports and documentation of project activities for use in project evaluation and final reports.
Develop annual budgets in consultation with the PI and admin. Perform all activity related to closing out of current budget year and initiating new budget year. maintain oversight to project budgets. Help forecast expenses and allocate expenses across projects.
Monitor all assigned monthly financial reports to ensure accuracy and budget integrity. Works with PI to identify variations, trends, issues, etc. in a timely fashion.
Work closely with research finance administration and staff, plans and attends monthly project management meetings; keep current with Partners Healthcare, Harvard School of Public Health and Stanley Center guidelines, policies, other requirements, timelines and policy issues.
Frequent travels (4-6 times in the initial year) to Asia expected,
Occasional working in the evening due to the time zone difference expected.
Knowledge of the Chinese culture and language required. In country experience in China required.
Research Compliance experience with IRBs, Data Use Limitations, etc. preferred
At least 5 years of directly related research and/or project management experience with a masters degree in biology or related field (genetics/genomics) preferred
Excellent written and verbal communication skills essential. Must be able to compose clear, concise and professional material in both English and Chinese (Mandarin) and the ability to interact with multidisciplinary staff and collaborators.
Excellent project management skills with demonstrated ability to effectively work in a matrixed environment keeping teams, projects and deliverables on track and evaluating plans and methods, revising as appropriate
Comfortable learning new software and technologies
Highly organized, with strong attention to detail and accuracy
Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility to accommodate different situations and requirements.
A strong understanding of high-throughput genetic analysis technologies and data management a plus
Experience with bioinformatics tools and public databases a plus
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