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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: January 31, 2020.
The Doudna Lab discovers and develops CRISPR systems and other RNA-guided mechanisms of gene regulation.
The California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) is one of four Governor Gray Davis Institutes for Science and Innovation established in 2000 to ensure the future of the California economy by promoting research and innovation. QB3 is a cooperative effort between the state of California, private industry, venture capital, and the University of California campuses at Berkeley, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz.
QB3 harnesses the quantitative sciences of physics and engineering to unify our understanding of biological systems at all levels of complexity, from atoms and molecules to cells, tissues, and entire living organisms. QB3 scientists make discoveries that drive the development of technologies, products, and wholly new industries, ensuring that California remains competitive in the 21st century.
QB3's goals are to fuel the California bioeconomy; to support research and training in quantitative biosciences; and to translate academic research into products and services that benefit society.
The primary role of this position is to provide project management for Doudna Lab, as well as critical administrative and coordination work for all scientific projects. The incumbent will assist with tracking deliverables, timelines, project budgets, contracts and subcontracts, project-related events management, outreach and communications. In addition, the incumbent will work on cross-functional strategic projects to enhance administrative and operational success in the Doudna Lab. The incumbent will need the proven experience and knowledge to evaluate workplace practices and take responsibility for optimizing existing functions and implementing process improvements critical in an academic environment. Collaboration with administrative staff and research staff will be essential to plan, develop, and launch processes. For projects involving research administration and proposal oversight, incumbent must have high level knowledge of scientific aspects of genome editing. The Project Manager will work closely with the Doudna Lab postdocs and graduate students as well as with the PI. This position is based in Berkeley but will likely require off-site project visits with partner institutes and agencies.
The Project Manager will ensure the highest level of implementation of best practices, organizational strategies, and campus policies, to maximize resources, productivity, and elevate operational effectiveness. The position will ensure clear communication between stakeholder groups, including collaborators and sponsors, through meetings, reports, and other regular check-ins. The position will also ensure that projects are properly resourced to meet the agreed-upon research goals, including availability of budget, personnel, equipment, and other facilities or resources. He/she will perform advanced high-level duties independently using good judgment, superior organization and time management skills to effectively oversee project issues and challenges. Since the primary job function will be developing and leading projects across diverse administrative and operational areas in administration, operations and research, the PM will need to have working knowledge of financial, IT, HR, and facilities systems on campus, as well as a scientific research background. In addition, the PM will have a role in managing aspects of these areas so the PM is well integrated and in the best position to understand the full scope of IGI activities and think strategically about the needs in the short, medium and long term. The position will assist with oversight of the annual Doudna Lab budget and project staffing, working closely with CSS partners.
Develops proposals and recommendations to guide and support a broader strategic direction for the lab.
Develops and advocates for new systems, processes, and areas in need of enhanced coordination, including areas of scientific research
Develops and presents complex proposals and/or business plans on a broad range of issues to include problem identification, costs, benefits and options.
Leads and directs a wide variety of projects and follows through with all levels of staff and individuals inside and outside the lab.
Guides and directs planning which may include senior campus management, faculty, and/or external constituencies.
Foster positive relationships with customers and peer groups creating an environment of innovation, collaboration, and progress within the lab
Serve as bridge between resources, technology delivery, quality assurance, service delivery, and process improvement
Coordination of Lab Projects
Provides highly complex analyses across a broad spectrum of programs, policies and initiatives, and in-depth, complex analyses in budget and finance.
Manage business continuity planning and creation of operations guide
Assist PI and Lab Manager with implementing annual budget and oversee and coordinate financial management, planning, reporting, and monitoring of IGI resources
Work closely with Lab's partners in CSS Research Administrators including preparing forecasts for planning and reports, monitoring monthly expenditures and ensuring compliance with Sponsored Research Agreement
Work closely with CSS HR partners to ensure staff are hired, paid, reappointed, reviewed, and terminated appropriately
Bachelor's degree in molecular biology, genome editing area and/or equivalent experience/training
Thorough knowledge of common higher education processes, protocols and procedures.
Intermediate to advanced knowledge of common higher education computer applications.
Strong analytical/problem-solving skills.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff and influence, both verbally and in writing.
Small to mid-level project management skills.
Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
Extensive experience in an academic research environment with thorough knowledge of extramural funding policies and procedures
Knowledge of University rules and regulations, processes, protocols, and procedures for budget, account and fund management; and human resources policies and procedures for staff and academic employees highly preferred
Experience with common University-specific computer application programs
Masters or PhD degree in molecular biology, genome editing area and/or equivalent experience/training
Salary & Benefits
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