Project Manager

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada .
full-time . November 2, 2023


The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), Canada’s Centre for Pandemic Research, is a world leader in infectious disease research and vaccine development for humans and animals. Located at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, VIDO is one of the largest and most advanced containment facilities in the world. To strengthen the preparedness for emerging infectious diseases we are currently expanding our infrastructure to include containment level 4, a GMP vaccine manufacturing facility, and new animal housing. Our vision includes having the capacity to study any emerging disease in any animal model embracing a One Health approach to prevent emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in humans and animals. 
One of the key aspects of VIDO’s business model is engaging with outside clients to enable them to access our infrastructure from a contract research perspective. We assign Project Manager’s to these contract research projects and are seeking a Project Manager to join our team.
Reporting to the Head of Client Services, the Project Manager coordinates with Principal Investigators, Research Technicians, Clinical Veterinarians, Animal Technicians, and other VIDO employees to manage scientific projects from conception through execution to ensure the research study data is reported with quality and integrity and delivered on time and budget.
Who you are
You are looking to apply your knowledge of science and project management in an interesting and diverse organization and have:
  • At least 5 years of previous experience in an academic or industry environment,
  • You are passionate about people and developing relationships with others,
  • You like working in a fast-paced environment, working with researchers and clients in a diverse and collaborative environment.

Position Overview
The Project Manager administers scientific projects from conception through execution this includes:
  • Overall responsibility for the scientific and technical conduct of the  research project, as well as for the data collection, analysis, and interpretation of the results in the form of final reports. The project Manager represents the single point of contract research study control.
  • Participating in meetings with prospective clients and advising on study design, pricing, and VIDO processes.
  • Consulting with VIDO’s research team to ensure scientific rigor in study conduct, animal welfare, data quality and integrity, and accurate interpretation of the study results during reporting.
  • Consulting with Senior Management, Principal Investigators, and Clinical Veterinarians to coordinate the assignment of VIDO resources and personnel required for project completion.
  • Involved in the budgeting process and contract protocol development.
  • Contributes to the preparation of animal ethics protocol submissions.
  • Interacts with Principal Investigators and Clinical Veterinarians to prepare documentation for animal services.
  • Develops timelines for projects in consultation with VIDO’s research team and ensure timelines are met.
  • Consults and coordinates with VIDO’s research team to manage project scheduling, animal manipulation, protocols, and approvals.
  • Ensuring that the in vitro and in vivo contract research studies are performed according to the approved Study Plans or/and approved Animal Use Protocols.
  • Ensuring that all experimental data, including the unexpected responses, are accurately recorded, and verified.
  • Acting as the primary point of communication with clients and VIDO staff throughout the project.
  • Writing reports, including data analysis and preparation of figures.
  • Prepares invoices in conjunction with the finance team; ensures timely submission.
  • May be requested to support the drafting of applications for funding from external sources.
  • Responsible for reporting back to the sponsor on the status of the project, funding, and timelines.
Education and Experience

The incumbent requires an undergraduate degree in biological science with 5 years of experience in an academic or industry environment, or a biological science graduate degree MSc with 2 to 3 years of experience in an academic or industry environment, or a PHD degree in a biological or related science with 1 to 2 years of experience in academic or industry environment.
  • Experience working within and managing scientific projects and teams.
  • Experience working in the laboratory setting and familiarity with different laboratory methodologies applicable to sample analysis from animal experiments.
  • Experience with animal models of infection and animal ethics.
  • Experience with molecular biology, immunology, toxicology, biochemistry, virology and/or vaccine development.
  • Data and statistical analysis using various software programs such as GraphPad Prism, Excel, PowerPoint, FloJo, Kaluza, etc.
  • Experience in managing client relations.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

Status: Permanent
Employment Group: Non-Union
Shift: Monday – Friday, 7.5 hours per day (37.5 hours per week) 
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
The successful applicant will be required to provide the following current verification(s) where 'Yes' is indicated below. Further information is available at:
Facility Access Screening including Criminal Record Check: Yes
Driver's License and Abstract Check: Not Applicable
Education/Credential Verification: Yes
Vulnerable Sector Check: Not Applicable
Review of applications will begin immediately; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Note: The University believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation, and creativity. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request. The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.

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