Technical Research Manager at the INB/ELIXIR-ES coordination node

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Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)

About BSC

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the leading supercomputing center in Spain. It houses MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, was a founding and hosting member of the former European HPC infrastructure PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe), and is now hosting entity for EuroHPC JU, the Joint Undertaking that leads large-scale investments and HPC provision in Europe. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC combines HPC service provision and R&D into both computer and computational science (life, earth and engineering sciences) under one roof, and currently has over 800 staff from 55 countries.

We are particularly interested for this role in the strengths and lived experiences of women and underrepresented groups to help us avoid perpetuating biases and oversights in science and IT research.


Context And Mission

ELIXIR (European Life Science Infrastructure for Biological Information) is a pan-European organization founded in 2014, which aims to integrate and harmonize European bioinformatics infrastructures. ELIXIR coordinates the participation of more than 20 countries; engages with other strategic European initiatives and projects e.g. ESFRI, Research Data Alliance, EUDat, EGI; promotes specific training activities and workshops on ELIXIR resources, partners with industry; and play a key role in shaping the bioinformatics landscape. Spain is a member of ELIXIR since 2015, with the  Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute (INB) as the Spanish national node. Within ELIXIR, the INB is responsible for the bioinformatics infrastructure offered by Spain, and, therefore, should guarantee its alignment to the strategic areas put forward by ELIXIR.

The INB coordinates the Data Science programme within the newly established Spanish infrastructure for Personalized Medicine associated to Science and Technology (IMPaCT in Spanish), which aims to establish an interoperable framework for biomedical data integration and analysis, addressing questions from clinicians through the implementation of computing systems in health environments. This programme will prepare clinical data in Spain for secondary use, including medical imaging, structured and non-structured clinical data and genomics, considering all the necessary legal provisions for each possible use and setting. This programme will involve the liaison with diverse stakeholders, including hospitals, the ISCIII, companies in the biomedical sector, the Spanish Medicines Agency and biomedical researchers, among others. All developments will be aligned with the European initiatives in the area, including those from ELIXIR, 1+Million Genomes, the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health and data-sharing projects such as FAIR4Health, HealthyCloud and TEHDAS.

The INB seeks a technical research manager that will join the team to support the IMPaCT Data Science programme's coordination, liaising with all stakeholders within and outside the BSC, and contributing to coordinating the technical tasks.


Key Duties

  • Plan the use of resources and monitor the progress of work of research projects involving several partners, supporting the PI in keeping track of both technical and administrative tasks.
  • Interface with BSC legal services, BSC researchers and external parties, including negotiating, supervising the drafting and signing process of contracts (consortium agreements, NDAs, grant agreements, contracts with companies, etc.).
  • Organize and participate in project meetings, teleconferences, reviews and other events.
  • Maintain communication with project stakeholders; participate in regular meetings and discussions.



  •  Education
    • University Degree (some relation with Life Sciences and/or IT will be an advantage).
  •  Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • At least two years’ experience in research management and project proposal preparation, preferably in the life sciences/IT area.
  •  Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • A bioinformatics background.
    • Experience on developing project technical specifications.
    • Experience coordinating research proposals and projects funded by the Framework Programme of the European Commission, the Spanish Plan Estatal as well as bilateral contracts with companies, will be an advantage.
  •  Competences
    • Fluency in English and Spanish is essential.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Ability of understand scientific literature, and software documentation.
    • Used to working autonomously and taking the initiative.
    • Ability to represent the team in international project meetings.
    • Used to working under pressure with strict deadlines.



  • The position will be located at BSC within the Life Sciences Department
  • We offer a full-time contract (37.5h/week), a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, restaurant tickets, private health insurance, support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Open-ended contract due to technical and scientific activities linked to the project and budget duration
  • Holidays: 23 paid vacation days plus 24th and 31st of December per our collective agreement
  • Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona
  • Starting date: September


Applications procedure and process

All applications must be made through BSC website bottom application form and contain:

  • A full CV in English including contact details
  • A Cover Letter with a statement of interest in English, including two contacts for further references - Applications without this document will not be considered

In accordance with the OTM-R principles, a gender-balanced recruitment panel is formed for every vacancy at the beginning of the process. After reviewing the content of the applications, the panel will start the interviews, with at least one technical and one administrative interview. A profile questionnaire as well as a technical exercise may be required during the process.

The panel will make a final decision and all candidates who had contacts with them will receive a feedback with details on the acceptance or rejection of their profile.
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The vacancy will remain open until suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be regularly reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted.

OTM-R principles for selection processes

BSC-CNS is committed to the principles of the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers of the European Commission and the Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment principles (OTM-R). This is applied for any potential candidate in all our processes, for example by creating gender-balanced recruitment planels and recognizing career breaks etc.
BSC-CNS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable state or local law.
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