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Research Associate Project Manager

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)


Med Admin-Cores-420117

Working Title:

Research Associate Project Manager

Appointment Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

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Full-Time Permanent

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Position Summary:

The candidate will be the project manager for external contracts and projects running through the HTSF facility. The candidate may also manage a subset of UNC internal research projects. This critical position will serve as the bridge between the lab bench and the customer. He/she will collaborate on experimental design, implementation, and new methods development as needed with prospective clients and HTSF staff. He/she will oversee and monitor the laboratory and other activities including library preparation, quality control, pooling, DNA/RNA sequencing, data analysis, and reporting. The selected candidate will be responsible for coordinating and managing the execution of the project with resource (line) managers, managing the schedule and budgets, data processing, and managing reporting and deliverables for these projects. He/she will manage and coordinate all communications with the clients. This individual will provide input into strategic planning of sample processing and protocol development. He/she will also lead and manage proposals and quotes for new projects or continuations of current contracts. This includes oversight and development of pricing quotes and budgets; technical approach; staffing plan; management plan; detailed project schedules and data/report delivery timelines; and past performance project descriptions.

The Research Associate Project Manager will be responsible for ensuring that:

(1) All study concerns are addressed, and clients are informed of progress and issues on a regular basis. Act as point person for contract studies and HTSF staff for all questions related to concerns and/or processing.
(2) Sample processing moves efficiently through the HTSF and all deadlines are met for the final data and report delivery. They will act as the key contact person for HTSF processing group concerns.
(3) Project submissions, status, execution details, and scope changes are updated in the HTSF database that records the scope of work (sample shipment and arrival/sample processing history/sample storage/ Sample returns to the study/ resubmissions as required and data delivery)
(4) Samples, prepared libraries, and sequencing data meet HTSF Quality Standards. When deficient, the PM will coordinate and lead troubleshooting to determine the issues and the possible resolutions. When standards are not met, issue will need to be brought to the HTSF leadership attention, resolutions determined and confirmed with the study as deemed necessary.
(5) Monthly / weekly reports are prepared and delivered on time as per the contract requirements.
(6) Work closely with internal IT team to develop specifications for project specific informatics needs.
(7) Assist in development of specialized SOPs, staff training on these SOPs and distribution of SOPs to contract studies as needed.

Educational Requirements:

This position requires either a 4 yr degree, preferrably in Biological or biomedical sciences, and at least 3 years relevant experience or an advanced scientific degree (MS, Ph.D.). Preference will be given to candidates with relevant, advanced training.

Qualifications and Experience:

* A background in biology, cancer or genomics.
* Candidates must have experience managing complex biomedical laboratory projects.
* Candidates should have experience working in clinical environments or strong interest in clinical research.
* Helpful if candidates have experience analyzing small RNA data, total RNAseq data, and metagenomics data, but not required.
* The selected candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. He/she must be able to work in a high pressure and in a diverse environment. This individual must be flexible, collaborative, yet able to work effectively with a high degree of independence. Strong organizational skills is essential for this role.
* Must have knowledge of such software/programs as Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint

Equal Opportunity Employer :

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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