International Project Manager (ref. AD/22/07)

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WorkplaceBarcelona, Spain

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Created in 2005 by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) and the University of Barcelona, IRB Barcelona is a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence--a seal that was awarded in 2011.

The institute is devoted to conducting research of excellence in biomedicine and to transferring results to clinical practice, thus improving people’s quality of life, while simultaneously promoting the training of outstanding researchers, technology transfer, and public communication of science. Its 27 laboratories and seven core facilities address basic questions in biology and are orientated to diseases such as cancer, metastasis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and rare conditions.

IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 members and 35 nationalities. It is located in the Barcelona Science Park. IRB Barcelona forms part of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) and the "Xarxa de Centres de Recerca de Catalunya" (CERCA).

IRB Barcelona is seeking an International Project Manager to join its International Strategic Support Office (ISS).

The ISS’s main missions are to attract funding from international collaborative projects, mainly from the EU’s Horizon 2020 (H2020) and Horizon Europe (HE) Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation.

IRB Barcelona currently coordinates several projects funded under different EU schemes and work programmes, including Health, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (MSCA-ITN) and Science with and for Society (Swafs). Our international project managers play key roles in the promotion of new coordinated proposals. They work closely with the Pre-Award Office, the Innovation Department, and Group Leaders (GLs) on the different stages of proposal preparation, including the following: identification of funding opportunities; matchmaking between topics and research lines at IRB Barcelona; partner search; coordination of the consortium during proposal preparation; and writing of specific sections of the proposal, with a focus on impact. Once a proposal has been awarded funding, an International Project Manager is assigned to assist the GL with coordinating the consortium.

The successful candidate will:

  • Support the implementation of EU collaborative projects coordinated by IRB Barcelona, including a large project recently funded under the Health Cluster of HE’s Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness pillar and a MSCA-ITN project. Duties include the organisation of management meetings and training activities, communication and dissemination tasks, compliance with RRI policies, monitoring of milestone achievement, and timely delivery of reports.
  • Under the supervision of the Head of the ISS, manage coordinated institutional EU projects aimed at enhancing IRB Barcelona’s training programme, with a focus on Open Science.
  • Screen international funding opportunities, with a particular emphasis on the EU’s HE Work Programmes. Attend Info days, partnering and matchmaking events, information sessions, etc.
  • Identify and promote the calls that best match the expertise of IRB Barcelona research groups. To this end, she/he will be expected to become familiar with the research lines developed at IRB Barcelona, by attending seminars, reviewing published articles, etc.
  • Support IRB Barcelona researchers with the preparation and writing of proposals. The tasks include definition of project goals, partner search, coordination with project partners, preparation of budget, and advising on and writing specific sections of the proposal.


Must Have - Required


  • PhD in a life sciences-related field
  • Experience in the fields of research pursued by IRB Barcelona


  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Advanced user of the Microsoft Office package (especially Word and Excel)


  • Outstanding writing skills
  • High initiative and capacity to work independently, strong organisational, planning and multi-tasking capacities, teamwork, and ability to work to strict deadlines with minimum supervision, identify and resolve problems, and liaise with other departments.



  • Knowledge of EU funding sources
  • Experience in the management of European collaborative projects


  • Good command of Spanish and Catalan


  • Use of collaborative project management software
  • Use of web management content software
  • Management of social media and/or web content
  • Experience in the management of European collaborative projects


  • Working conditions: Employed in compliance with Spanish legislation and regulations under a full-time contract. Employees receive the benefits of the Spanish Social Security system covering sickness, maternity/paternity leaves and injuries at work. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  • International Environment: The opportunity to join a prestigious international research institution and become a member of our administration team.
  • Estimated annual gross salary: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  • Continuous training in a high-quality environment.


  • Deadline for applications: 11/05/2022 (If no suitable candidate is found, the deadline will be extended) 
  • Number of positions available: 1
  • Selection process:
    • Pre-selection: Will be based on CV, motivation letter, experience, management of research and innovation. 
    • Interviews: Short-listed candidates will be interviewed.
    • Job offer: Will be sent to the successful candidate after the interview. 

Note: The strengths and weaknesses of the applications will be provided upon request.

If you, as an applicant, have any suggestion or wish to make a complaint regarding the selection process, please contact us at the following email address:  You will receive a response within a month.’

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