The National Microbiome Data Collaborative (NMDC), a newly DOE-funded Lawrence Berkeley National Lab-led pilot program focused on developing microbiome infrastructure and community engagement has an exciting opportunity available for a Strategic Engagement Manager. We are looking for a talented, highly motivated candidate with a strong background in strategic planning, data management best practices for biological sciences, and a keen understanding of the intersection of scientific publishing and data sharing.
In this exciting role, you will support strategic partnerships with funding agencies, scientific publishers, and industry partners to support FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) microbiome data generation, management and sharing. You will be expected to develop a roadmap and action plan for engagement activities across federal and philanthropic funders to support data management policy recommendations in alignment with the FAIR data principles. You will also be expected to support the design of a framework for linking scientific literature and NMDC-hosted data in collaboration with the NMDC Infrastructure team, the NMDC Engagement team, and external publishing groups. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual with broad experience in the biological and/or computational sciences to expand their strategic research interests in a collaborative, team-science environment; support high-quality data management plans and policies for the microbiome research community; and make significant contributions to support the strategic directions of the NMDC. Will report to the NMDC Program Lead and actively collaborate with team members at Berkeley, Pacific Northwest, Oak Ridge, and Los Alamos National Labs.
What You Will Do:
Conduct benchmarking assessment of data release, sharing, and management policies around FAIR data best practices across the microbiome research landscape.
In collaboration with the NMDC leadership team, work across funding agencies, both federal and philanthropic, to help promote the vision of the NMDC and establish a template for data management best practices that align with each agency's granting process, as well as the FAIR principles.
Lead the design of a framework for linking between scientific literature and NMDC-hosted data that align with data release, discovery, and access policies across publishers in the microbiome research space.
Leverage existing and establish new industry relationships and contacts to conduct a needs assessment of companies with a vested interest in microbiomes on a product stage/market/sector basis that will inform where the NMDC can be of most value to the private sector for microbiome data science.
Lead the development and execution of strategic projects relating to FAIR data lifecycle management activities.
Drive cross-functional strategy and management of diverse collaborations.
Serve as the external and internal point of contact for key partners, and work closely with cross-functional teams to coordinate the execution of key partnerships.
Present updates at team meetings and contribute to progress reporting to various stakeholder groups.
What is Required:
Bachelor's degree required in life science, engineering, computer science, economics or related field.
Minimum of 2 years of professional experience in consulting, corporate or non-profit strategy, and/or market analysis beyond a Bachelor's degree.
Proven ability for problem-solving and strategic, innovative, and critical thinking that challenges the status quo with new ideas that create significant value.
Demonstrated strategic and operational management skills with the ability to develop and present sound proposals and recommendations.
Strong qualitative and quantitative analysis abilities along with project management experience.
Proven ability to work on multiple projects with varying priorities while meeting tight deadlines.
Flexible with the ability to work independently as well as part of a diverse and dynamic team.
Experience establishing effective collaborations and interacting with members of diverse scientific and informatics communities.
Effective communication and interpersonal skills with internal and external staff, collaborators, and diverse stakeholders. Excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
Strong presence; ability to influence and communicate with strategic leadership, self-motivated with the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and initiatives.
Ability to leverage and incorporate agile methodology and ways of working.
Demonstrated ability to organize, lead, and execute on a variety of assignments and action plans; demonstrated ability to drive for results and manage complex projects.
Ability to translate complex concepts into actionable, measurable tasks.
Demonstrated experience leading large scale and complex projects/programs with global impact.
Ph.D. or similar advanced degree.
This is a full time, 2 year, term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
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This position will be remote initially, but limited to individuals residing in the United States tentatively until 2021 due to COVID-19. Once the Bay Area shelter-in-place restrictions are lifted, work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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