Job:Research Program Manager II
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Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator or designee, the Research Program Manager II manages the day-to-day operations of short term and multi-year research projects. The Research Program Manager II is responsible for the implementation of research projects from inception to completion and manages and coordinates these activities.

We are searching for an experienced Research Program Manager II to join the newly launched Abdennur lab. You will assist with the design, development, and establishment of an academic research program as well as the execution of research projects, in close partnership with the Principal Investigator. Your work will enable the group to build out novel software and technologies to accelerate bioinformatic and computational biology research and push forward research agendas at the intersection of chromosome biology, spatial and functional genomics, data science, and biomedicine. As one of the founding members of the lab, you will also get to help shape our team's culture. The Abdennur lab is a team of computational biologists, data scientists, and developers dedicated to creating the next generation of Genomics Data Science tools and applying them to answer important questions and solve big problems. We value tinkerers, interdisciplinary thinkers, and people with a passion to use their skills for scientific discovery. The Abdennur Lab was founded in June 2022 at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, is part of the Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology Program. We have active research collaborations with experimental investigators and support from collaborative initiatives like the NIH 4D Nucleome Consortium. Dr. Nezar Abdennur completed his PhD in Computational and Systems Biology at MIT, specializing in the 3D organization of the genome (3C/Hi-C technologies), its relationship to the epigenome, and its influence on gene regulation. His postdoctoral work expanded to profile the underappreciated diversity of silent chromatin states and how they change in disease. His work has contributed to the discovery and understanding of the biophysical processes shaping genomes and has laid foundational open-source software for 3D genome analysis. He co-founded the Open Chromosome Collective, a community of computational biologists developing open-source software for chromosome biology, with regular contributors from over 10 institutions worldwide. He is also a core contributor to HiGlass, a web-based visualization platform that enables fast, multiscale, and multimodal comparative exploration of vast amounts of (epi)genomic information.



  • Convene and provide overall direction to project teams, which may consist of data staff, research associates, research coordinators and faculty, for the development of project statements, work plans, study designs, grant applications, literature reviews, analysis plans, and project deliverables.
  • Identify necessary resources to perform project work, monitor work progress including, data analysis, grant submissions, and report development, and oversee its timely completion
  • Oversee development of data collection instruments, survey tools and interview guides, perform and oversee data analysis as necessary
  • Abstract results from data analysis sets, summarize findings and incorporate pertinent information into project presentations. Deliver presentation of project results to Principal Investigator and others as required or directed
  • Assume responsibility for communication with relevant staff in creating and implementing appropriate project designs and work plans, convene team meetings as appropriate
  • Manage day-to-day logistics and operational needs of the projects
  • Identify and address problems which may adversely affect performance of project work
  • With the Administrator and/or Accountant, prepare draft budgets
  • Advise and provide supervision of project staff and consultants and faculty associated with specific projects or assignments. Participation in the hiring and evaluation of project staff
  • Perform other duties as required.



  • Masters' degree a Biological or quantitative field or related computational field
  • 5 year's experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating research programs, project management, grant submission, supervision of staff, and fiscal responsibility
  • Experience working in and/or with academic institutions and federal grant programs strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with the policies and procedures of funding agencies
  • Ability to effectively communicate with diverse faculty
  • Proven administrative and management ability in complex environments
  • Excellent writing, editing, communications, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Ability to travel to off-site locations


  • Scholastic or work experience with genomics, computational biology, or bioinformatics
  • Knowledge or experience with the agile development project management style
  • Familiar with Slack and the Google suite (particularly google sheets)
  • Comfortable with interdisciplinary work
  • Motivated, and determined to thrive within a team environment
  • Detail-oriented, and well organized
  • Strong writing skills, for both scientific and lay audiences

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