EBRAINS Project Manager

EBRAINS

EBRAINS Project Manager

EBRAINS

Brussels, Belgium

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is a EUR 1 billion European scientific research initiative to improve our understanding of the brain and to exploit the opportunities offered by the resulting knowledge, especially by developing novel treatments for brain-related illnesses and brain-inspired technologies. With more than 500 scientists from more than 150 European partner institutions across 19 Member States, the HBP is one of the largest health-related projects ever funded by the EU. The HBP, now in its final phase, has created a research infrastructure, EBRAINS, which makes the HBP services accessible to the neuroscience community worldwide via a single user-friendly portal.

The EBRAINS AISBL is a not-for-profit Association created by HBP Partners to become the coordinating entity of the HBP and drive the construction and operation of its EBRAINS European Research Infrastructure for brain research, on behalf of its members. Since the inclusion of the EBRAINS RI on the ESFRI Roadmap 2021, the EBRAINS Preparation Phase has started and will be supported by an EU project, EBRAINS PREP. This project will place the EBRAINS research infrastructure on a sustainable footing. It will put in place the organisational framework that will allow EBRAINS to complete the subsequent Implementation Phase successfully and so start its Operation Phase. The new organisational framework will allow EBRAINS to evolve from the largely EC-funded, HBP-developed RI into a sustainable “Hub-and-Node” RI on the ESFRI Roadmap.

The EBRAINS AISBL is looking to recruit a Project Manager to coordinate and manage the EBRAINS PREP project under the leadership of the EBRAINS Chief Programme Officer. The role will be based in Brussels. The EBRAINS PREP project will involve coordinating the partners from the 10 EBRAINS National Nodes in preparing important strategic planning documents such as the EBRAINS Business Plan, the National Node Plans, and the statutes for the future EBRAINS ERIC. EBRAINS PREP will last 24 months and involve 18 Partners.

The successful candidate will be well organised, solution-oriented, flexible, proactive, diplomatic, tactful under pressure, and passionate about learning. This is a unique opportunity to join the Programme Office of an important emerging European Research Infrastructure.

1. Your mission

  • Manage and support the coordination of the EBRAINS PREP Coordination and Support Action and possibly other future EU projects;
  • Manage the preparation and collection of all the legal and financial agreements necessary for the Implementation Phase. Control the quality and compliance of the agreements received;
  • Ensure proper project management and coordination of EBRAINS PREP, including governance, quality assurance, risk management, progress and financial reporting, efficient exchange of information and good collaboration;
  • Coordinate the National Node planning process, organising Consortium meetings to monitor progress, provide guidance and share experience;
  • Maintain the flow of information between the Partners of the Project, the European Commission Project Officer, the Project governance bodies, and the EBRAINS Management Board;
  • Participate in the writing of the EBRAINS Business Plan, a document that will set out detailed strategies and plans for the Central Hub and Nodes for the Implementation and Operation Phases, gathering inputs from across the EBRAINS organisation;
  • Contribute to the improvement and implementation of Programme and Project management workflows and procedures, best practices, and IT tools.

2. Desired profile

  • Master’s degree or equivalent with 3+ years of relevant experience in project management;
  • Significant project management and coordination experience in a large-scale EU Horizon 2020 project. Experience in the setting up of an ESFRI RI or ERIC highly desirable;
  • Very good knowledge of project management. Certification such as Prince2, MSP or PMP desirable;
  • Experience in strategic planning and writing strategic planning documents for an executive, governmental, and funder audience;
  • Solid communication and stakeholder management skills and experience;
  • Experience with working with national funding agencies and state representatives;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to learn;
  • Mastery of MS Office tools.

3. Skills and attributes

  • Outstanding organisational skills, including the aptitude to work effectively with other organisational functions and services;
  • Excellent communication and diplomacy skills. Experience with working with high-level academics;
  • Excellent written and spoken English;
  • Demonstrated ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines;
  • Clear and systematic thinking that demonstrates good judgment, problem-solving, and analytical competencies;
  • Ability to effectively break down complex problems and communicate findings in compelling presentations to management;
  • Be opened to give and receive feedback, aspire for continuous learning and self-improvement;
  • Team player with good communication skills and ability to work effectively as part of a in multi-cultural, multi-lingual environments.

4. Why work at the EBRAINS AISBL?

Understanding the human brain is one of the greatest challenges facing science. Joining the EBRAINS AISBL will put you at the centre of an effort to gain profound insights into the structure and functioning of the brain, develop new treatments for brain disease and build revolutionary new computing technologies. The EBRAINS AISBL team plays a central role in the EBRAINS research infrastructure and the HBP. You will find yourself inspired by the exciting things that people in the project are building and make a meaningful contribution to understanding the brain and improving brain health.

We strive to find the right people and to keep our skills and insights sharp. We are a young, dynamic, interdisciplinary, and international team. We focus on delivering high value to the scientific community and are involved in everything from community engagement to integrating scientific workflows with some of the world’s largest supercomputers. Work in the team involves open feedback, with opportunities for additional training to improve our skills.

Join us and make an important contribution to the success of one of the most exciting initiatives in Europe!

5. Job offer details

Start date: 01.09.2022
Deadline for application: 10.07.2022. Interviews will take place from 11.07 to 22.07.
Activity rate: 100%
Duration of contract: Permanent
Ref: EBRAINS PM

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