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Assistant Project Manager

New York Genome Center
Job Location
101 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
United States
Job Description

The Assistant Scientific Project Manager will provide support across the full range of sequencing operations at NYGC.  This will include assisting senior project managers with day-to-day management of sequencing projects and working closely with the production lab, bioinformatics, PIs and other scientific staff to ensure timely deliverables of projects.  In particular, this position will report into the lead Project Manager for NYGC’s Neurodegenerative Disease Research program and Enabling Innovation program. The majority of tasks for this position will involve projects in the Neurodegenerative Disease and Innovation space, including piloting new methods and large grant efforts. This is a great position for someone who would like to transition out of a sequencing lab into a project management focused role.

The incumbent will have the opportunity to work closely with senior project managers to learn NYGC’s sequencing operations from project initiation through data delivery. This will include familiarizing oneself, in great detail, with:

  • NYGC’s sequencing production lines;
  • Illumina HiSeq capabilities and operations;
  • Bioinformatics capabilities;
  • Software engineering and data delivery operations;
  • Data usage and storage management.

Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist senior team members with day-to-day internal management of production projects, including sample tracking and project administration; 
  • Act as primary contact between production lab and project management team, including coordination of incoming projects and troubleshooting sample preparation and sequencing issues;
  • Review initial client sample submissions QC and library QC to determine if NYGC acceptance criteria are met;
  • Review sequencing run and data QC statistics, bringing issues to management and participating in subsequent troubleshooting;
  • Assist senior Project Manager to liaise with NYGC ALS Consortium coordinators and members to effectively manage large datasets;
  • Lead LIMS improvements and communicate updates to project management team;
  • Track production lab and methods development protocol improvements and testing, draft presentations and/or white papers outlining testing and results;
  • Represent project management team at incidents and correction actions (ICA) meetings;
  • Information gathering for various reports/presentations (e.g. collecting QC metrics for specific library prep protocols).
  • Master’s degree in Genetics or related field of study and/or relevant hands-on experience in a Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) laboratory;
  • Experience with LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System), SQL, or other large database management tools;
  • Excellent professionalism in dealing with a wide range of constituents;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships at all levels;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with emphasis on accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Motivated individual with ability to efficiently multi task, work under pressure, handle interruptions and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to identify and solve problems, analyze data and implement/troubleshoot solutions;
  • A self-directed individual who is capable of taking initiative and assuming responsibility;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.


  • Job Mastery- Knowledgeable of current role and technical skills, and the impact it has on the Center.
  • Continuous Learning– Strives to expand the depth and breadth of technical and professional skills.
  • Collaborative– Encourages participation from team members and works effectively with all levels.
  • Credible– Works with a high level of integrity.
  • Communicative– Actively listens to others and uses good judgement as to what to communicate to whom; provides feedback.
  • Focused – Utilizes efficient and effective processes.
  • Adaptable– Demonstrate flexibility with changing priorities.
  • Innovative– Develops new insights and pursues improvements.
  • Takes Ownership– Prioritizes tasks, manages time and delivers on commitments.

FLSA Status – Exempt

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

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About Our Organization

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, nonprofit, academic research organization dedicated to advancing genomic research. NYGC scientists and staff are furthering new approaches to diagnosing and treating neurological diseases and cancer through their unique capabilities in whole genome sequencing, RNA sequencing, state-of-the art analytics, and the development of genomic tools. NYGC concentrates specifically on disease-based research in the following areas: neuropsychiatric disease (autism, schizophrenia, bipolar); neurodegenerative disease (ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s), and cancer.

Located in Lower Manhattan, the New York Genome Center was founded by and remains closely affiliated with twelve leading academic medical centers and research universities in the New York region and beyond, engaging in research projects with and for these institutions. Essential to our collaborative work is an outstanding faculty, whose members typically hold a joint appointment at NYGC and a partner university. They support our scientific mission by conducting independent research in areas of mutual interest to us and the wider scientific community. 

The New York Genome Center is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, protected veteran or military status, domestic violence victim status, partnership status, caregiver status, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The New York Genome Center takes affirmative action in support of its policy to hire and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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