Pan African Bioinformatics Network for H3Africa

CHPC Project Manager: Bioinformatics (Three Year Contract)

About the job: The CSIR has a vacancy for a Project Manager: Bioinformatics for the Bioinformatics Services Platform (BSP) hosted by the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), within the CSIR Meraka Institute. The incumbent’s role will be to initiate, plan, implement, monitor, control and finalise a portfolio of simple to medium complex projects within the authorised budget, approved time scales and agreed scope. This position is based in Rosebank, Cape Town.

About the unit: The CHPC provides high-end computational resources with a mixture of technologies, to enable cutting-edge research in a broad range of domains, including the bioinformatics domain. This domain is supported by the Bioinformatics Services Platform (BSP), a national initiative sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

For more information on the BSP please visit http://www.chpc.ac.za/index.php/research-and-collaboration/bsp collaboration/bsp

Key responsibilities:

  • Liaise with steering committee, training and services subcommittees;
  • Lead a team of bioinformatics support staff;
  • Negotiate  and  identify  resources  needed  for  bioinformatics  service  projects  and assign individual responsibilities to BSP staff;
  • Establish a Monitoring and Evaluation framework and manage day-to-day operational aspects of the project;
  • Prepare project/deliverable reviews/audits.
  • Organise project governance and team structures by defining roles, responsibilities and accountabilities;
  • Manage  project  budget  and  revenue  on  a  monthly  basis  and  prepare  periodic financial reports for CHPC management and the Steering Committee
  • Implement effective bioinformatics training programmes for researchers in the biotech industry and academia;
  • Establish formal working relations and foster joint activities with key stakeholders;
  • Integrate information on bioinformatics expertise within the BSP and disseminate relevant information about new tools and resources to the community;
  • Conduct annual stakeholders’ feedback sessions and report on the level of services to the BSP steering committee.
  • Deliver an annual report and roadmap to the general public

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • An Honours degree in bioinformatics or project management with at least five years’ experience in the bioinformatics domain;
  • A Master’s degree would be advantageous;
  • A proven track record of leading a team of highly skilled staff members will be an advantage;
  • A sound understanding of computational sciences with knowledge of the use of high performance computing, data analytics, statistics, data management etc;
  • Broad knowledge of the bioinformatics field with an extensive network of local and international stakeholders will be an advantage.

Should you meet the above requirements, please email your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and surname, position title and reference number on the subject line, (e.g. John Smith: Manager: Bioinformatics: Reference No:305924).

Closing date: 20 September 2015


The original job posting can be found here.

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