01 July 2019

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For more information, contact Prof. dr. Kristel Van Steen, mail: Please mention/refer to "Project Manager Innovative Training Network" in the subject title.

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The project manager will primarily be responsible for the administrative coordination, organizational and selected scientific aspects of the network together with the project coordinator. 

TranSYS (Personalized Medicine at the Interface of Translational Research and Systems Medicine), will recruit 15 ESRs (Early Stage Researchers) to highly skilled jobs in the new area of Systems Health developing tools and approaches to exploit large and complex datasets, to advance Precision (Personalised) Medicine in several disease areas. The training programme and experience of different international research environments cuts across traditional data and life sciences silos. The emphasis on translational research will support new collaborations between academics and the pharma and health analytics sectors. Our ESR projects will advance the state of the art on biomarker discovery, improve understanding of disease-specific molecular mechanism and target identification for optimal diagnostics, disease risk and treatment management, refine data generation and their management (including warehousing, disease specific and standardised approaches for data processing, visualisation and model development) leading to improved clinical study design, clinical sampling and more targeted therapeutics. This ETN (European Training Network) will internationalise participants, and leverage EC (European Commission) and industry sponsorship, to structure and expand the unique training programme and advance emerging research areas, combining wet-lab, clinical and Big Data resources with computational and modelling know-how. 

To achieve a paradigm shift in research training this ETN brings together international leaders in Preclinical Science & Molecular Medicine, Systems Analytics, and Targeted Therapeutics, from academia and industry. These experts are ideally positioned to develop the proposed training programme and deliver a highly-trained workforce of next generation scientists, with the right mind-set, knowledge and skills, at the interface of Translational and Systems Medicine. The TranSYS training programme is designed to addresses a critical skills gaps that is currently a bottle-neck to advancing Precision Medicine.
The successful candidate will work directly with the project coordinator of the network, Prof. dr. Kristel Van Steen, in the Systems Medicine research group at the Department of Human Genetics of KU Leuven in Belgium ( The project manager will primarily be responsible for the administrative coordination, organizational and selected scientific aspects of the network together with the project coordinator. Close interactions with the participating partner institutions will be required.


The project manager will have the following responsibilities in cooperation with the project coordinator:

  • Manage the TranSYS project, and act as the main contact person for all partners and PhD students.
  • Establish a Data Management Plan with TranSYS partners and maintain the data management system.
  • Ensure that all project deliverables and milestones are fulfilled in time.
  • Prepare scientific, managerial and financial reports for the European Commission.
  • Responsible for the budget management and compliancy with EU guidelines.
  • Coordinate the organisation of meetings, bootcamps, training days and conferences.
  • Coordinate outreach activities, maintain the project website and generate teaching materials.
  • All other TranSYS-related managerial tasks.
  • Hold a university degree (minimum MSc or equivalent qualification) in life sciences, exact or engineering sciences, preferably with a PhD degree.
  • Self-driven and organised.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with multiple stakeholders from across Europe.
  • Understand and apply EU funding rules to projects.
  • Demonstrate experience in preparation and/or management of research networks on the national or European level is an advantage.
  • Ability to positively influence others to achieve results in line with project plans.
  • Demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills – English native speaker level.
  • Set priorities, develop work schedules, monitor progress towards goals and track actions.
  • Flawless in coordination and administration.
  • Knowledge of project management systems, data management and website maintenance is a plus.
  • We offer a versatile 50 FTE (=part-time, 50%)  job in a dynamic and stimulating international research environment. Candidates interested in a 80% or 100% position can also apply: possibilities to extend the 50% PM position with post-doctoral scientific work in systems medicine can be discussed on an individual basis. Please indicate your options in your cover letter.
  • We offer a position for 4 years, during the duration of the project (renewable contracts).
  • Estimated annual gross salary: competitive salary according to experience.
  • Starting date: as soon as possible after 31 August 2019.