Research Program Manager (RPM)

Genome British Columbia
Job Location
575 West 8th Avenue, Suite 400
Vancouver, BC V5Z 0C4
Job Description

Job Scope:
RPMs are the main points of contact at Genome BC for funded project teams and are responsible for monitoring projects to assess progress and maximize outcomes.

Full-time, temporary one year contract

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Monitor scientific and financial progress of projects to ensure that all goals and milestones are completed on time and on budget
  • Critically assess outcomes and anticipated future impact, guiding projects to succeed in reviews of research progress
  • Work with Sector Development group to assist in the process to realize socio-economic benefits arising from the research
  • Launch new research projects by facilitating project start-up activities, including finalization of project budgets, work plans and milestones
  • Work with the Finance group to ensure the accurate and timely analyses of project financial information and the distribution of funds
  • Coordinate the process to close out projects after completion
  • Provide assistance with problem solving, risk management, and collaborations,  in order to optimize scientific outcomes of funded projects
  • Work with the Research Programs group to anticipate and resolve operational challenges that impact multiple projects
  • Foster relationships, facilitate meetings, and communicate effectively with project teams, the lead institutions and other partners
  • Work with the Communications group to celebrate research successes

Education and Experience:

  • PhD in life sciences or equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • Excellent proactive communication, relationship management, team-building and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated organizational and project management skills and careful recordkeeping practices, preferably in a science or technology environment
  • Demonstrated skills in financial analysis
  • Demonstrated experience with milestone-driven research and an ability to identify and assess objective, specific, quantifiable measures of success
  • Experience with critical evaluation of scientific proposals and reports, including experimental design, interpretation of data and statistical analysis
  • Broad knowledge of molecular biology and genetics
  • Understanding of data ownership and data sharing issues
  • Experience in one or more key economic sectors important to British Columbia (i.e., health, forestry, fisheries, agriculture, environment, energy and mining)
  • Experience with the BC life sciences research community
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment with frequent deadlines
  • Ability to work flexible hours on occasion 
How to Apply

How to apply:
Applicants should include a current CV with a cover letter indicating anticipated start date and the names and contact information for at least two references. Please send the application in MS Word or PDF via email to

Application deadline:  September 20th, 2016

We thank you for your interest in Genome BC. Only those candidates short listed for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.

About Our Organization

About Genome British Columbia:
Genome British Columbia leads genomics innovation on Canada’s West Coast and facilitates the integration of genomics into society. A recognized catalyst for government and industry, Genome BC invests in research, entrepreneurship and commercialization in life sciences to address challenges in key sectors such as health, forestry, fisheries, aquaculture, agri-food, energy, mining and environment. Genome BC partners with many national and international public and private funding organizations to drive BC’s bioeconomy.

In addition to research, entrepreneurship and commercialization programs, Genome BC is committed to fostering an understanding and appreciation of the life sciences among teachers, students and the general

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