EarlyCause H2020 Project Manager

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 02 Mar 2021

The Role:

A Project Manager position to coordinate the operational, administrative and management activities of the H2020 EarlyCause (https://earlycause.eu/ ) project is offered at the University of Barcelona (as part of the Artificial Intelligence in Medicine lab: BCN-AIM). The Project Manager will generally provide the ‘back office’ services required for successful project completion and will support the Project Coordinator in the overall coordination of the project.

Concretely, the Project Manager will:

  • Monitor the implementation of the project and the timely reporting and delivery of all project commitments to the EC.
  • Inform and advise project partners on financial and administrative rules, while ensuring the conformity with the relevant procedures.
  • Support the Project Coordinator in planning, producing, collecting and reviewing the deliverables and outcomes to ensure their timely delivery.
  • Provide management tools (e.g. guides, templates, etc.) for the consortium.
  • Monitor all contractual obligations (Grant Agreement, Consortium Agreement and other legal reference documents) and draft additional agreements.
  • Track all project related costs in collaboration with the UB Research Service (namely Fundació Bosch i Gimpera): distribution and transfer of funding, keeping records on spending and preparing financial reports for project funders and auditors.
  • Schedule project meetings: prepare agendas and circulate reference materials for the meetings and writing the minutes.
  • Engage in communication tasks related to the EarlyCause project. This includes content generation, as well as the management of online channels.
  • Provide support in proposal writing for follow-up research initiatives
  • Support the BCN-AIM Director & team members in their day-to-day communication, management and scientific activities.

The Project:

The EarlyCause H2020 project will leverage a unique collection of birth cohorts, longitudinal data and experimental models to identify causative mechanisms linking early life adversity (in children and pregnant women) to multi-morbidity development. Concretely, the project will focus on depression and two of its main physical comorbidities, namely coronary heart disease and diabetes. The consortium will disentangle the complex biological contributions from four key interconnected domains linked to ELS, namely epigenetics, inflammation, neuroendocrine system, and microbiome. Furthermore, modifying effects of environmental factors such as sex/gender, socioeconomics, lifestyle and behaviour will be quantified, thus uncovering potential intervention targets that may reverse the causative mechanisms and reduce the impact of ELS on multi-morbidity development in high-risk individuals.

To achieve the goals of the project, this highly multi-disciplinary and experienced consortium will combine state-of-the-art and novel approaches from basic, pre-clinical and clinical research, including advanced statistical and mathematical methods, animal models of prenatal and postnatal stress, cellular models in various tissues, and integrative bioinformatics and machine learning methods. The consortium members will also enable access and exploitation of the largest set of European cohorts, comprising rich information on early stressors, biological and omics data, as well as depressive, cardiovascular and metabolic clinical outcomes.

The Institution:

The University of Barcelona (UB), founded in 1450, is one of the oldest universities in Spain. It comprises a student body of 84,370 and 4,548 research staff members. With 73 undergraduate programs, 273 graduate programs and 48 doctorate programs, UB is the largest university in Barcelona and Catalonia. The UB is ranked the first Spanish university according to several rankings (QS World University Rankings 2018, ARWU/Shanghai Ranking 2018). It is particularly interested in fostering international relations and, for many years, has managed an average of 150 European projects per year. Since January 2010, Universitat de Barcelona is part of the prestigious League of European Universities Research (LERU). The selected candidate will join the Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Lab at the University of Barcelona (BCN-AIM), a young and dynamic research group that is aiming to develop the next-generation of technologies that will improve medicine and health through big data-enabled AI.



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Project title

Causative mechanisms & integrative models linking early-life-stress to psycho-cardio-metabolic multimorbidity


Karim Lekadir


Facultat de Matemàtiques i Informàtica

Gross salary per year

€32.000 – €40.000 (depending on experience)

Required documents

Application letter, Curriculum vitae

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Isabell Tributsch

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