Senior Project Manager – Centre for Population Genomics

Posted 28 June 2021

The Centre for Population Genomics

The Centre for Population Genomics is a collaborative initiative of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research (Garvan) in Sydney and MCRI in Melbourne. The Centre is directed by Daniel MacArthur who previously led a team at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Boston that was responsible for the development and open release of the Genome Aggregation Database (gnomAD), a collection of genetic data from over 140,000 individuals that has become one of the most widely used reference databases in human genetics.

The Centre is focussing on the development of cutting-edge tools and resources to facilitate the conversion of genomic data into improved diagnosis and treatment. Ultimately, the Centre will generate and manage the largest sets of genomic and clinical data ever assembled in Australia, and apply these to solve a wide variety of scientific and medical problems.

The opportunity

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in medical research or project management. This position is ideally suited to an experienced professional with leadership aspirations who is exceptionally organised and who has a passion for operational efficiency, meticulous attention to detail, and proven experience in coordinating with multiple stakeholders within varying spheres of influence.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for planning, tracking, and ensuring the successful delivery of genomic medicine projects within the Centre, with oversight from the Project Management Lead and support from the broader Project Management Team. In particular, the Senior Project Manager will be responsible for leading the project management of a national large scale automated reanalysis program to increase rare disease diagnosis. The position will also involve the management of at least one direct report from the outset, with opportunities to take on increasing responsibility including through progression within the team structure and delegation to other staff within the Project Management Team. This role will report directly to the Centre’s Project Management Lead, who is responsible for leading a team of Project Managers and Project Officers. The Project Management team is developing and implementing a strategy for the successful orchestration of the largest population genomic initiatives in Australia, ultimately spanning more than ten thousand Australians from diverse communities.

The Senior Project Manager would ideally be located in Melbourne, however, there is flexibility in this requirement.


  • Leading the project management of a national large scale automated reanalysis program to increase rare disease diagnosis from protocol development through to ethics and governance submissions, legal and finance negotiations, delivery partner coordination, metadata wrangling, workflow development and implementation, and close-out, within the specified timelines and budgets, with oversight from the Project Management Lead.
  • Managing multiple competing and evolving, individual and project team priorities to ensure no task gets forgotten or unduly deprioritised.
  • Independently preparing the structure and content of research applications (i.e. tender and grant submissions, ethics and governance applications) and reports (i.e. status updates, Executive Committee papers) from draft to final stage, requiring minimal editing by the Project Management Lead and other stakeholders.
  • Independently preparing for and leading the facilitation of internal and external meetings/workshops with project teams (including internal and external collaborators) to communicate project requirements, champion cross-functional collaboration, and ensure the completion of project milestones in alignment with set goals.
  • Identifying, escalating and addressing project inefficiencies, risks and issues in a timely manner.
  • Negotiating and managing stakeholder expectations in relation to project delivery timeframes, budgets and risks with oversight from the Project Management Lead.
  • Leading the development and continual refinement of robust workflows and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Quickly learn the Centre’s project management and sample/data tracking software(s) and identifies ongoing opportunities for improved use.
  • Actively investing in building and maintaining a positive, supportive and high-performing culture within the Project Management Team and the Centre more broadly.
  • Contributing to broader Centre operational projects or tasks as required.
  • Adhering to MCRI policies regarding Intellectual Property/Material Transfer Agreements/Contracts/Clinical and Public Health Outcomes.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Passion and enthusiasm for the implementation of genomic medicine.
  • Proven success in medical research project management.
  • Highly organised with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Unwavering commitment to continuous quality improvement in both organisation and personal performance.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan workflows, prioritise activities and meet deadlines in an ever-evolving environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement new policies/procedures in a complex environment.
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of spreadsheet software.
  • Comfortable communicating with both technical and non-technical people at every level, including managing upward.
  • Proven experience in coordinating with multiple stakeholders within varying spheres of influence.
  • Highly effective written communication skills, with the ability to prepare concise and technically sound grant and tender applications, ethics and governance applications, status updates and other project communications.
  • Ability to thrive in an interdisciplinary team setting including academics, geneticists and biologists, data scientists, software engineers, and project management staff.
  • Willingness to rapidly learn new systems for tracking projects and workflows (e.g. Airtable).

What’s in it for you

  • 3 year full-time maximum term contract with possible extension.
  • Attractive salary $108,599 – $117,545 per annum plus superannuation.
  • This role would ideally be located in Melbourne, however, there is flexibility in this requirement.
  • Salary packaging, wellbeing program and much more.
  • Flexible working options also available.
  • Be part of a happy team of people who like what they do and are passionate about making a difference.

Apply now

For a full list of responsibilities and the key selection criteria download the position description.

For specific questions not answered in the PD please contact Sally Hartmanis

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Closing date: 12 July 2021


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