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Project manager workflow management

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Function: For a short-term project (3-9 months), we're looking for a project manager with extensive experience in managing lab projects.
Location: Ghent

The company:

The company offers genomic and transcriptomic services, performed in an ISO accredited lab, to support research, clinical trials and personalized medicine. Our customers rely on our expertise in RNA biomarker discovery, development and validation; our pioneering role in liquid biopsies and non-coding RNA, and our experience with clinical trials to accelerate the development of their diagnostics and therapeutics. Our service portfolio is built on state-of-the-art technologies such as RNA sequencing, high-throughput qPCR and digital PCR, all combined with advanced data analysismethods. 

For a short-term project (3-9 months), we are looking for a project manager with extensive experience in managing lab projects and excellent communication skills.

Job description:

As a project manager for workflow management, you are coordinating the lab execution of the entire workflow (RNA extraction, HT qPCR, data analysis and reporting). Based on your lab management experience, you ensure smooth execution of experiments, identify issues and ensure resolution of roadblocks. Furthermore, you drive and implement improvements to the workflow to enhance efficiency and/or data quality. You hold the team together by sensing frictions and motivating the team. You drive the communication with external collaboration partners and ask/offer support where needed.

  • You coordinate all lab activities for a standard workflow, ensuring good information flow between all executing and supporting functions
  • You monitor RNA extraction, qPCR and automation activities and have a close eye on data quality and deviations
  • You support the data analysis team by performing data quality checks prior to data release
  • Your drive trouble shooting by gathering information, involving the required experts and taking decisions
  • You identify new routes of technical execution and improvements and coordinate their implementation
  • You proactively implement corrective and preventive actions and ensure documentation (SOP writing, reporting of non-conformities)
  • You serve as communication hub for external partners who participate in parts of the workflow (red lab, sample handling CRO, programming service)
  • You have a good feeling for the needs of the executing team members and support and motivate them accordingly

Requested competences and skills:

  • A PhD or master degree combined with experience in scientific research in biotechnology, biomedical sciences, bio-engineering or other life sciences 
  • Experience with project management in a life science, pharmaceutical or academic environment 
  • Experience with RNA extraction technologies and (HT) qPCR is a plus
  • Experience with laboratory information management systems (LIMS) is a plus
  • Constructive mindset and real team player, strong motivational and team interaction skills
  • Driven, proactive and pragmatic
  • Open for occasional weekend work
  • Fluent in English (writing and speaking)
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