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IT manager position at CECT – Valencia

Call now open until July 15. IT manager position available at The Spanish Type Culture Collection – University of Valencia (CECT-UV)

See the Call (Catalan and Spanish)


The contract will be bounded to the project IS_MIRRI21, funded by Horizon 2020, to implement the Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI).

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute in the development and testing of the applications generated within the project.
  • Develop tools for the interconnection of the project applications with other Research Infrastructures applications.
  • Monitor performance of information technology systems to determine cost and productivity levels, and to make recommendations for improving the IT infrastructure.
  • Help define IT infrastructure strategy, architecture, and processes.
  • Troubleshoot hardware and software issues related to internal IT.

Education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Information Systems, or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • 2-5 years of experience working in IT operations.
  • Proficiency in English (oral and written).

Qualifications/skills:

  • Firm grasp on IT infrastructure and operations best practices.
  • Proven working experience in IT management or relevant experience.
  • Experience in metadata, ontologies, integration and interoperability of data, security and usability.
  • Knowledge of cloud services PaaS and SaaS.
  • Proficiency in web scripting languages (php, Python, etc.).
  • Experience in web development tools (jQuery, Vue.js, Agilent, BootStrap, etc.).
  • Hands-on experience with xml.
  • Experience in relational (MySQL, PostgreSQL, etc.) and non-relational (MongoDB, etc.) database management systems.
  • Working experience in Research Infrastructures and in Life Sciences research projects would be an asset.

If you are interested please contact Aurora Zuzuarregui.

IS_MIRRI21 Executive Director Call

The Call to hire the IS_MIRRI21 “Executive Director” will be officially open on the 2nd July, 2020, for 15 business days

See the Official Call



An international selection tender is open for recruitment in the form of an uncertain term contract concluded under the Labour Code, of 1 (one) doctoral position for the exercise of scientific research activities in the scientific area of management and leadership in S&T in the scientific areas of biology, microbiology, biotechnology, bioengineering, or other related experimental life sciences, business management and economics, political science and management, for the project IS_MIRRI21 – Implementation & Sustainability of Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure for 21st Century, Ref. 871129, financed by the European Commission, with a view to the development activities as “Executive Director” within the research infrastructure MIRRI during the lifetime of IS_MIRRI21 project (max. 36 months) with the follow key responsibilities and accountabilities of the role:

  • with the Project Coordinator, assist to administrate the IS_MIRRI21 project including the Management Backoffice;
  • prepare decisions, programs and policies for adoption by the General Assembly;
  • implement decisions, programs and policies adopted by the General Assembly;
  • prepare and submit to the General Assembly proposals for the strategy on the collaboration with other Research
    Infrastructures;
  • prepare the procedures of the establishment connexions between the MIRRI national nodes and the Central
    Coordination Unit (CCU);
  • engage and develop strong linkages with MIRRI Members and potential Members and their ministries, funding
    agencies, policymakers, stakeholders and other important opinion makers to implement and enlarge MIRRI;
  • chair the Interim National Coordinators Forum of MIRRI;
  • evaluate aspiring new Country Members or Observers to join MIRRI;
  • lead high level interaction with European and international bodies and initiatives such as the EC, ECCO, WFCC, etc.;
  • engage MIRRI in collaborations with the Life Sciences ESFRI Research Infrastructures;
  • represent MIRRI in the Executive boards of the H2020 cluster projects, such as EOSC-Life, and in various meetings
    and projects involving Health & Food ESFRI Research Infrastructures, including the ESFRI Life Science (Health & Food) strategy board or the ESFRI forum;
  • promote coordination with public relations and dissemination activities of MIRRI.

IS_MIRRI21 Brochure available

MIRRI is in its construction phase to be established as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) under the EU law. It already includes over 53 microbial Biological Resource Centres and Culture Collections belonging to 10 National Nodes with over 300,000 strains.

IS_MIRRI21 is a Horizon 2020 project aimed at implementing MIRRI and securing its long-term sustainability.

See and read the IS_MIRRI21 Brochure and discover how the project will support research, development and innovation in the use and preservation of microbial life for the purpose of basic and applied scientific research.

LifeWatch is hiring a Project Manager

LifeWatch ERIC Project Manager for ENVRI-FAIR

LifeWatch ERIC is looking to hire a Project Manager for ENVRI-FAIR Project.

  • LOCATION: LifeWatch ERIC Service Centre premises in Lecce (Italy) and LifeWatch ERIC Statutory Seat in Seville (Spain)
  • POSITION: Full-time, 12 months with the possibility of renewal on a yearly basis for a maximum of 36 months in total
  • DEADLINE for applications: 30 June 2020

Further information is available in the Work with us section of the LifeWatch ERIC website.

LS RI resources for COVID-19

Launch of LS RI Website with COVID-19 Resources

A new website, lifescience-ri.eu, brings together the vast services of 13 Life Science (LS) Research Infrastructures (RIs) in order to advance research in the life sciences.
This website aims to be a common source of comprehensive information about the 13 European LS RIs, their activities, offers, news and funding opportunities. Their joint service catalogue allows to identify which RI might be able to meet a certain user need. The success stories illustrate how access to RI resources can advance research projects.
While content is still being added to the site, a dedicated page on LS RI resources for research on COVID-19 is now available. Please take a careful look at what services and resources are being made available immediately for the scientific community at large.

IS_MIRRI21 Virtual Kick-off Meeting

The Kick-off Meeting of the new European Project IS_MIRRI21 is being held virtually today and tomorrow.

About 50 researchers from more about 20 parnters are watching the presentations given by Workpackage leaders and participating in a intense and lively discussion.

The Joint Research Unit MIRRI-IT is represented by Cristina Varese, Luciana De Vero, Giancarlo Perrone and Paolo Romano, each of them representing her/his Institution, that is partner of the project.

On the first day, presentations on Project Management, Outreach and Dissemination, Research, Governance, Trans-National Access and Training will be given.
On the second day, presentations on the Collaborative Working Environment, Enlargement and Sustainability will follow.
The closing session will allow to define an action plan and to provide all partners with administrative guidelines.

ECCO opinion on proposed changes to ICNP

On February 27, 2020, the Executive Board of the European Culture Collections’ Organization (ECCO) has expressed its concerns on proposed changes to the International Code of Nomenclature of Prokaryotes (ICNP) to the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes.

Such changes could have serious consequences in the activities of ECCO member collections and in their role in biodiversity preservation and distribution for life science researchers. While the current Code requires deposit of a designated type-strain in culture collections in two different countries for valid publication of a species or sub-species, the proposal would allow the use of complete or partial genome sequences as type. This, according to ECCO Executive Board, will take away the firm basis of the system: the type-strains, the biological specimens that allow for a polyphasic approach in characterizing species including DNA-based analyses as well as phenotypic traits.

In their letter, the members of the ECCO Executive Board highlights all negative consequences of the proposed changes. See the letter of the ECCO Executive Board.

Data Driven Innovation in the Agritech Sector

ELIXIR-FR and Bayer are hosting ELIXIR SME meeting on Data Driven Innovation in the Agritech Sector at Lyon, France.

How to transform data into information and knowledge and be able to align them to improving plant health, protect the environment, end hunger in a reasonable agriculture development will be the guiding theme of the conference.
This event is the perfect opportunity to reduce barriers between small and big companies, public and private sectors with a major objective of promoting and supporting open innovation.

A time for flash talks to SME is available.

The event information is at https://elixir-europe.org/events/sme-2020-lyon.

The registration is open-free but compulsory.

Contact for information: Victoria Dominguez Del Angel (Elixir-Fr)
Email: victoria.dominguez@france-bioinformatique.fr

EMMRI – Call for applications


The “Executive Masters in Management of Research Infrastructures” (EMMRI) is an International management development Programme jointly developed by European Research Infrastructures in the context of the RItrain EU funded project and tailored to the specific needs of Research Infrastructures.
It is designed to give experienced science professionals the skills and knowledge they need to take on greater managerial responsibilities.

Please refer to the following document for an overview: EMMRI III Master programme at a glance.

For further information:

MIRRI-IT Scientist visiting MIRRI-ES HeadQuarters

UMCC Curator Luciana De Vero is hosted at the Colección Española de Cultivos Tipo (CECT) for 1 week.

Her visit is allowed in the context of the Erasmus+ staff mobility for training. The training targets mainly the improvement of the quality management system of Unimore Microbial Culture Collection (UMCC), which will promote the relations with other BRCs and Microbial Culture Collections across Europe.

More opportunities are sought in the near future in the context of the Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure MIRRI.

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