Project Manager

Updated: 25 days ago
Location: Cambridge, ENGLAND

The Opportunity:

We are seeking a proactive and organised Project Manager for the Translation Cancer Genomics Laboratory within the Cancer, Ageing and Somatic Mutations Programme.

You will support our scientific and operational projects within the laboratory and will work collaboratively with our researchers and partners both internally and externally to facilitate project progress.

About Us:

The Translational Cancer Genomics team investigates how genetic alterations in cancer contribute to disease and impact on response to therapy. Our research is at the interface of cancer genomics, cell biology and cancer therapeutics and employs high-throughput biology approaches together with detailed mechanistic studies. The team have state-of-the-art facilities to perform their research including extensive robotics, acoustic dispensing, high-content microscopy, CRISPR and chemical libraries, large panels of cancer cell models and access to core Sanger IT and genomics infrastructure. We work together as a supportive, multidisciplinary team of wet-lab experimental and data scientists to generate and analyse biological datasets including genomics and chemical/genetic perturbation screens to address the fundamental biological questions of how cancer develops.

About the Role:

You will work in a matrix environment interacting with stakeholders from within the Programme, the wider Institute, and with our national and international collaborators. Well-honed interpersonal skills and the ability to form and maintain strong working relationships with a diverse group of individuals is critical. You will be responsible for project scoping, planning and coordination to ensure the efficient tracking and delivery of academic projects across the Translational Cancer Genomics team to the agreed timelines and standards. You will monitor and track project progress while maintaining a range of project documentation throughout the project lifecycle.

About You:

You will be an established or aspiring project manager who has a passion for supporting scientific research. You will have prior experience in project management and have an eye for detail and a continuous improvement mind-set. You enjoy working collaboratively with partners from around the world to achieve common, but challenging goals. You will be responsible for managing your own workload and be keen to acquire new knowledge and skills.   

This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated, diligent, and resourceful individual to join a friendly team which encourages personal and professional development.


Essential Skills

Technical Skills:

  • Qualified as minimum to degree level in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience 
  • Previous experience of administrative/executive support at senior scientific level 
  • A good understanding of the modus operandi of academic and/or scientific research institutes 
  • Clear appreciation of the issues surrounding confidentiality 
  • Proficient IT user 
  • Project management experience with experience of developing and maintaining key project documentation 

Behavioural Competencies:

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships internal and external stakeholders at all levels 
  • Ability to quickly understand scientific, technical and process challenges and break down complex problems into actionable steps 
  • High level of organisational skills with the ability to plan and schedule multiple projects/tasks and programmes effectively and to appropriate deadlines 
  • Ability to work in a constantly changing environment 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to influence and collaborate closely with people at all levels successfully 
  • Skilled in resource management    

Ideal Skills
  • Project/Programme Management training or qualification, e.g. Prince2, APM PMQ 
  • Ability to focus, concentrate and accurately complete tasks within given timeframes while dealing with unscheduled interruptions e.g. changing priorities     

Other information

Whilst the developments around COVID-19 continue to evolve, the Wellcome Genome Campus is closed for all but essential functions and facilities. 

People remain at the centre of everything that we do and the majority of our staff are now working remotely to ensure continuity of operations, making use of remote communication and collaboration tools.

Interviews will be taking place virtually and the successful candidate should expect to be fully supported through remote on-boarding and working from home until the Campus re-opens to all staff. This approach may vary for individuals located overseas and/or where a visa is required and starting will be based on a number of factors, we will be able to provide specialist advice to those affected candidates.

Application Process:

Please apply with your CV and a Cover Letter outlining your suitability for the role, addressing the criteria set out above and in the job description.


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