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A new project manager position is available in the team of Prof. Thierry Voet at the Center for Human Genetics, KU Leuven. Our multidisciplinary team develops and applies cutting-edge single-cell sequencing and in situ analytical methods to investigate the cell biology of human development, ageing and disease. In general, we aim to answer key biological questions with high impact and are pioneers in multi-omics measurements of the same cell.
We recently acquired an international multi-partner project to develop understanding of Parkinson’s Disease funded by Aligning Science Across Parkinson's (ASAP) and the Michael J Fox Foundation (MJFF). Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects the motor system. It not only affects the function of our brain, but also of our gut, which are both complex tissues composed of functionally diverse types of cells that need to cooperate for organ function. Around 90 regions of the DNA that we inherit from our parents, show differences between people with and without PD. Furthermore, as we develop and age, new, non-inherited genomic alterations may also arise in part of our body cells. How such inherited and new DNA variants function in increasing the risk of developing PD remains however largely unknown.
To help the lead-PIs manage the project, coordinate the research operations and liaise with the ASAP/MJF foundation, we are looking for a Project Manager. The project manager’s (PM) role that is funded for each ASAP team will perform a broad array of tasks that promote collaborative research, in addition to project management and administrative tasks. The PM serves as a bridge between the team’s scientific work and its operations, and between members of other ASAP consortia (https://parkinsonsroadmap.org/research-network/biology-of-pd-associated-genetics). Responsibilities of the PM in facilitating collaboration are particularly critical in the ASAP initiative, because of team structures that involve multiple institutions, the inclusion of core leaders who may have never worked together, and shared responsibilities for project goals. Because the PMs will have both a birds-eye view of all members and labs within their ASAP team, and a close-up view of day-to-day activities, they are in a position to prompt and facilitate shared behaviors in close association with the team. Our ASAP team consists of Professors Thierry Voet, Stein Aerts, Guy Boeckxstaens, Bernard Thienpont, and Christos Proukakis as part of the core leadership, working together with multiple collaborators in the UK and US.
As a project manager, you help manage and coordinate our ambitious, trans-disciplinary research project. You will also perform Project coordination tasks.
You report directly to the lead-PI of the project and work within the Department of Human Genetics. You interact directly with the leaders of the different Work Packages, as well as with their technical and research staff. You will collaborate closely with the other research experts around single-cell technologies (e.g. engineers, lab technicians, bioinformaticians).