eDNAqua_Plan Project Manager

European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC-ERIC)


29 Aug 2023
Job Information

European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC-ERIC)
Research Field
Biological sciences
Researcher Profile
Recognised Researcher (R2)
Application Deadline
15 Sep 2023 – 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam)
Type of Contract
Job Status
Offer Starting Date
2 Oct 2023
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description


The eDNAqua_Plan Project Manager (PM) is responsible for managing the project eDNAqua_Plan, which is coordinated by EMBRC-ERIC. The PM’s primary role will be to ensure a smooth delivery of the project, anticipating deadlines, events, and deliverables, in close collaboration with the project coordinator. The PM will join the growing project team at EMBRC, which manages the considerable portfolio of projects the organisation is involved in. The PM will support the administrative component of projects funded by the European Commission, on reporting, Grant Agreement and Consortium Agreement review and validation, and financial reporting. The PM will, when necessary, support the administrative development of project proposals.



2-year contract, full time.


Central department

EMBRC-ERIC Secretariat



EMBRC-ERIC Headquarters, Campus de Pierre et Marie Curie, 4 Place Jussieu, Paris, France, c/o Sorbonne Université, Paris 75005 OR remotely in Europe.


Start date

As soon as possible.


Description of eDNAqua_Plan

The EU Mission to restore our Oceans and Waters by 2030 relies on robust, reliable and ideally real-time biodiversity data. The analysis of environmental DNA (eDNA) extracted from water or sediment, represents a major source of innovation in aquatic ecosystem monitoring with great potential to support the EU Mission. The central limitation for the routine implementation of eDNA-based methods are incomplete, disconnected and non-standardized reference libraries for taxonomic assignment as well as a lack of harmonised metadata. To support the coordination of the EU Mission Ocean strategy, eDNAqua-Plan will 1) collect information on existing projects, initiatives and infrastructures for aquatic monitoring in the EU and associated countries, 2) provide an overview of all national and international activities of standardization and interoperationalisation of methods and data workflows and 3) assess the relevance and feasibility of the creation of a digital ecosystem of eDNA repositories and an integrated and dynamic reference library of marine and freshwater species that is open-access and based on FAIR principles to support future aquatic biodiversity monitoring programmes and mapping initiatives. The interdisciplinary eDNAqua-Plan consortium comprises 18 partner institutions from 11 countries, and one international (United Nations) institute, with complementary expertise in marine and freshwater monitoring, eDNA analysis as well as data science. The consortium cooperates with the large EU research projects and infrastructure such as EMODnet, BIOSCAN-Europe, the Ocean and Water knowledge system, EMBRC, LifeWatch, and international systems (ELIXIR/EBI and OBIS) etc. to maximise synergies and interoperability internationally.


Brief Description of EMBRC-ERIC

The European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC-ERIC) is a distributed pan-European research infrastructure that aims to provide a strategic delivery mechanism for excellent and large-scale marine science in Europe. With its services, EMBRC-ERIC supports both fundamental and applied research based on marine bioresources and marine ecosystems. EMBRC-ERIC is centrally managed by the EMBRC-ERIC Executive Director, with the support of the EMBRC-ERIC Secretariat. The working language is English, and knowledge of French will be advantageous.


For further information:

  • the EMBRC-ERIC Annual Report: Link
  • the EMBRC-ERIC website: http://www.embrc.eu
  • EMBRC Project Portfolio: Link


Mission and Objectives

EMBRC-ERIC is looking for a motivated and proficient Project Manager (PM) to strengthen its developing Project Team. The PM will manage the eDNAqua_Plan project and support EMBRC’s participation in projects, particularly Horizon Europe projects funded by the European Commission. The PM will ensure that EMBRC fulfils its obligations and tasks within these projects, contributing to deliverables, workshops and meetings as necessary. The successful applicant will also handle the administrative side of project participation and carry out regular horizon scanning for project opportunities.


Main Responsibilities

    • Communication with the European Commission (EC) and the Project Officer;
    • Ensure the delivery of the project as defined in the Grant Agreement, and ensure the compliance of all consortium members;
    • Advice, guide and support the logistical and scientific delivery of the EMBRC project portfolio, including verifying and checking deliverables adhere to the Description of Work and Grant Agreement;
    • Organise, participate, and minute taking in project meetings.


Desirable Skills

  • A minimum of 1 year experience in managing Horizon-type projects;
  • Experience in organising, running, and animating meetings and workshops;
  • Excellent note-taking abilities;
  • Excellent command of oral and written English. Good command of French is a bonus;
  • Strong writing abilities and report drafting;
  • Full command of Microsoft Office or equivalent;



Special Personal Attributes Required for the Position

  • Strong interpersonal and networking abilities;
  • Accustomed to working with a high-degree of transparency and in close interaction with colleagues;
  • Able to work towards precise objectives under specific time constraints;
  • Ability to plan ahead and anticipate tasks and obstacles;
  • Commitment to producing high-quality work;
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the time management of personal and team assignments.



Competitive, experience-based salary.

A benefit package will be offered, including comprehensive health insurance, public transportation subsidy, and flexible work environment with remote working. All staff benefit from 7 weeks of paid leave.



2-year contract with 3-month probation period.

Overtime may be required to meet activity deadlines.

National and international travel will be required occasionally for the purpose of meeting with internal and external stakeholders.

Full-time teleworking from France or elsewhere in the European Union possible

EMBRC-ERIC is an equal opportunities employer.



Applicants should send a CV along with a covering letter (as one PDF document) that summarises their relevant experience, and in particular any scientific communication expertise, links to online activities or at least two pieces of original content created, current salary, and why they are enthusiastic about this opportunity. They should include the names and contact information of at least two references.


Enclose this document in an email message, with subject: “EMBRC Project Manager” addressed to: <[email protected] >.

Applications will be accepted until midnight on 15th September, 2023.




Research Field
Biological sciences
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent


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