Project Manager

Updated: 18 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 08 Sep 2022

The Role

Due to recent success in obtaining European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant funding, we are seeking to appoint a project manager to join the PatentsInHumans project team (0.4FTE for 5 years). PatentsInHumans is a 5-year European Research Council Starting Grant funded project led by Professor Aisling McMahon, which will commence on 1st November 2022.

PatentsInHumans investigates the role of bioethics in the patenting and licensing of technologies related to the human body, including, for example, medicines, medical devices, isolated elements of the human body in Europe etc. The Project explores two related central research questions, namely: What are the potential bioethical implications that the grant and/or licensing of patents over technologies related to the human body have for how we treat, use, or modify our bodies? And how can such bioethical considerations be further incorporated within patent decision-making in Europe to facilitate a system where the patenting and licensing of such technologies addresses potential bioethical issues at stake? To investigate these questions, the project develops a novel cross disciplinary institutional analysis combining doctrinal and empirical methods to evaluate the key legal, structural and cultural barriers leading to the current marginalisation of bioethics in European patent decision-making for technologies related to the human body. It aims to radically reconceptualise the current system to formulate pathways to assimilate bioethics within patent decision-making for such technologies, with important and timely policy and conceptual implications.  

We are looking to appoint a temporary project manager for five years (0.4FTE) to undertake the coordination and logistical arrangements of the project. Working with the Principal Investigator, Prof. Aisling McMahon, the project manager will oversee the administrative and financial aspects of the ERC project in accordance with the rules and procedures of the ERC. The project manager will support the PI in complying with requirements of the ERC project including ethics, data management, website updates and maintenance, conference/travel coordination for the project, assisting with the public engagement strategy and activities for the project, and will take the lead in developing the social media strategy for the project. The Project manager will be expected to work as part of a team and also independently, meeting and setting deadlines and long-term planning schedules. It is important to the smooth running of PatentsInHumans that the Project manager is able to use independent initiative and judgement in order to solve problems


Administrative Officer II              €39,628 - €48,475 p.a. pro rata (Point 1-5) with annual increments.

Appointments will be made in accordance with public sector pay provisions.

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