Vacancies

Application deadline
Paris (or multiple)

ECRIN is currently recruiting for three different positions:

ECRIN's partner, the Metabolism and Nutrition Research Group, is also currently recruiting a 'Scientist with competence in Biostatistics'.

Senior Medical Consultant

Roles and Responsibilities:

The ECRIN Medical Consultant acts as the interface between the ECRIN Medical unit (in charge of preparing the trials and the funding applications), the investigators, and the ECRIN Scientific Board, which requires high level medical, scientific, pharmacological, methodological and biostatistical competencies. He / she acts, with the national European Correspondent, as the first medical and scientific contact with the principal investigator in the project preparation and planning, then oversees the development of the protocol, the organisation of trial management and the funding application.

The Medical Consultant works in close connection with the Scientific Manager. He / she also interacts with the ECRIN European Correspondents, with ECRIN’s Core Team based in Paris (in particular the Operations unit), with the Scientific Board, and with the investigators.

The main duties of the ECRIN Medical Consultant will include the following:

  • Act, together with the European Correspondents and the Scientific Manager, as the first medical and scientific contact with investigators
  • Provide strategic recommendations on how best to plan the trial preparation, protocol development, trial management and funding application
  • Oversee the trial preparation and funding application carried out by the Scientific Manager and the European Correspondents
  • Interact with the ECRIN Scientific Board during the independent protocol peer-review
  • Oversee the logistical assessment of the trial management
  • Contribute to attract high quality, multinational clinical research projects through communication with investigators, investigation networks and sponsors

Requirements:

  • Medical background, with specialization / expertise in clinical trials, clinical pharmacology, epidemiology
  • Expertise experimental design, methodology and biostatistics
  • Experience in the management of multinational clinical trials
  • Experience in H2020 / IMI funding applications and management
  • Experience in operating at European/international level
  • Ability to interact positively with a wide range of organisations and professionals, including senior investigators, clinical research staff and regulatory authorities
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English (working language)
  • A tenacious yet diplomatic personality

The post is under the hierarchical responsibility of the Director of the ECRIN Medical Unit (currently the ECRIN Director General). The Medical Consultant shall work in close collaboration with the Scientific Manager, and with the Operations Director who oversees the services to ongoing trials.

The post is a part time position (20% FTE). The salary is set according to European/international standards for similar positions, and will depend on qualifications and experience. There is no requirement regarding the place of employment and, if relevant, a part-time secondment contract should be established with the principal employer.

A letter of motivation with a Curriculum Vitae (European format with photo) may be addressed to Mrs Alicja Szofer-Araya (alicja.szofer-araya@ecrin.org).

Independence and declaration of interests:

The Medical Consultant of ECRIN will be required to make a declaration of commitment to act independently, in the public interest, and to make a declaration in relation to any conflicts of interest which might be considered prejudicial to his/her independence. Candidates must confirm their willingness to do so in their application.

Deadline to receive applications: 31st March 2017

Expected start date: May 2017

ECRIN is an inclusive, equal opportunity and non-discrimination employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

Operations Manager

Roles and Responsibilities:

This is a unique opportunity for a motivated and experienced individual who wishes to further develop his/her career in clinical research and his/her experience of multinational research projects.

The ECRIN Operations Manager oversees the provision of coordinated, operational services to the management of multinational clinical trials, most of them being supported by public or public-private European funding schemes (H2020, IMI, etc). This requires in particular technical and operational competencies on clinical trial operations, on regulation and ethics, on monitoring, adverse event reporting, on data management.

The Operations Manager works in close connection with the ECRIN core team based in Paris (in particular the Quality Manager), the ECRIN European Correspondents (who are based in each Member/Observer Country and coordinate the ECRIN trial portfolio), the national Scientific Partners, the trial sponsor and investigators.

The main duties of the ECRIN Operations Manager will include the following:

  • Oversee the provision of distributed, multinational trial management services (in particular regulatory and ethical submissions, adverse event reporting, monitoring, data management) coordinated by the European Correspondents and national Scientific Partners
  • Ensure compliance of ECRIN services with the ECRIN quality management policy
  • Manage the ECRIN trial portfolio and make optimal use of the resources available within the ECRIN core team, European Correspondents, and National Scientific Partners
  • Identify risks in the conduct of supported trials (including ethical and regulatory authorizations, recruitment failure) and propose appropriate mitigation measures
  • Work closely with investigators and sponsors to adapt ECRIN services to the context of the trial and to the funding available
  • Contribute to the development, upgrade and maintenance of tools facilitating multinational trials

Requirements:

  • PhD level, background in life science or healthcare professional
  • Extensive experience in clinical trial operations
  • Experience in the management of multinational clinical trials
  • Expertise on trial monitoring, monitoring plan, and risk-based monitoring
  • Expertise in good clinical practice (GCP), local and international regulatory and ethical requirements
  • Knowledge of adverse event reporting in clinical trials
  • Knowledge of data management and software architecture
  • Knowledge of experimental design, methodology and biostatistics
  • Experience in H2020 / IMI funding applications and management
  • Experience in operating at European/international level
  • Ability to interact positively with a wide range of organisations and professionals, including senior investigators, clinical research staff and regulatory authorities
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English (working language)
  • A tenacious yet diplomatic personality

The post is under the hierarchical responsibility of the Director of the ECRIN Operations Unit. The Operations Manager shall work in close collaboration with the European Correspondents, the Quality Manager, and the Medical unit.

The post is a full-time contract according to French law. The salary is set according to European/international standards for similar positions, and will depend on qualifications and experience. A relocation package may be included.

Place of employment: Paris, France, where ECRIN has its Management Office and legal address.

A letter of motivation with a Curriculum Vitae (European format with photo) may be addressed to Mrs Alicja Szofer-Araya (alicja.szofer-araya@ecrin.org).

Deadline to receive applications: 31st March 2017

Expected start date: June 2017

ECRIN is an inclusive, equal opportunity and non-discrimination employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

Scientific Manager

ECRIN is a non-profit, distributed infrastructure. It was awarded the legal status of a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) in 2013 based on Council Regulation (EC) N° 723/2009 of 25th June 2009 on the Community legal framework for an ERIC.

ECRIN provides support to the management of multinational clinical research projects in Europe. ECRIN is based on the connection of national networks of clinical research infrastructures (clinical trial units) having the capacity to manage trials locally. ECRIN provides information, consulting and services to investigators and sponsors in the preparation and in the conduct of multinational clinical studies, in any disease area. Most of the ECRIN-supported projects are funded by the Horizon 2020 (H2020) Programme of the European Union or by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI).

Roles and Responsibilities:

This is a unique opportunity for a motivated and experienced individual who wishes to further develop his/her career in clinical research and his/her experience of multinational research projects.

The ECRIN Scientific Manager plays a pivotal role in attracting investigators willing to use ECRIN services to prepare a multinational clinical trial. This requires scientific, methodological and technical competencies, and a capacity to connect ECRIN’s Core Team with its user communities (investigators, investigation networks, academic and industry sponsors). His / her main role will be to contribute to the preparation of the full project (protocol, organisation of trial management, and funding application).

The Scientific Manager acts in close contact with the ECRIN European Correspondents (who are based in each Member/Observer Country and coordinate the ECRIN trial portfolio, among other tasks), the national Scientific Partners, the ECRIN Scientific Board, and the Operation Unit. He / she will benefit from the experience of the senior Medical Consultant.

The main duties of the ECRIN Scientific Manager will include the following:

  • Attract high quality, multinational clinical research projects through proactive communication with investigators, investigation networks and sponsors
  • Develop partnership with pan-European investigation networks and research organisations, academic sponsors, biotechnology and medical device SMEs and the health industry sector
  • Oversee the procedure to access ECRIN support for trial management services
  • Support the ECRIN European Correspondents in the preparation of multinational clinical research projects - advice on regulatory and ethical requirements, site selection, cost evaluation, funding opportunities, insurance requirements, monitoring plans, outcome measures, trial design (with the involvement of the methodology panel), etc.
  • Support the ECRIN European Correspondents in the clinical trial funding applications (particularly H2020 and IMI applications)
  • Work closely with users (investigators, sponsors) to adapt ECRIN services to their needs.

Requirements:

  • PhD level, background in life science or healthcare professional, with experience in clinical trials
  • Knowledge of experimental design, methodology and biostatistics
  • Experience in the management of multinational clinical trials
  • Knowledge of good clinical practice (GCP), local and international regulatory and ethical requirements
  • Knowledge of data management and software architecture
  • Experience in H2020 / IMI funding applications and management
  • Experience in operating at European/international level
  • Ability to interact positively with a wide range of organisations and professionals, including senior investigators, clinical research staff and regulatory authorities
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English (working language)
  • A tenacious yet diplomatic personality

The post is under the hierarchical responsibility of the Director of the ECRIN Medical Unit (currently the ECRIN Director General). The Scientific Manager shall work in close collaboration with the senior Medical Consultant, and with the Operations Director who oversees the services to ongoing trials.

The post is a full-time contract according to French law. The salary is set according to European/international standards for similar positions, and will depend on qualifications and experience. A relocation package may be included.

Place of employment: Paris, France, where ECRIN has its Management Office and legal address.

A letter of motivation with a Curriculum Vitae (European format with photo) may be addressed to Mrs Alicja Szofer-Araya (alicja.szofer-araya@ecrin.org).

Deadline to receive applications: 31st March 2017

Expected start date: June 2017

ECRIN is an inclusive, equal opportunity and non-discrimination employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

Scientist with competence in Biostatistics

Organisation: Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain Drug Research Institute, Metabolism and Nutrition Research Group
Open position for a scientist (Master degree) with competence in Biostatistics in the field of nutrition and health

  • Place: in Brussels, at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL-Woluwé, Belgium)
  • Institute: Louvain Drug Research Institute (LDRI)
  • Research Group: Metabolism and Nutrition Research Group (MNut) http://www.uclouvain.be/en-269734.html
  • Promoter of the research project: Prof. Nathalie Delzenne
  • Position: A full-time position for 3 years
  • Funding: Public service of Wallonia, Directorate-General Operational for Economy, Employment and Research (SPW-DGO6) in the context of the ERA-HDHL call “biomarkers for nutrition and health” http://www.healthydietforhealthylife.eu/
  • Period: from 01/01/2017 to 31/12/2019

Context
The scientific rationale of recommendations in dietary fiber (DF) intake comes from the recognition of their
benefits for health based on studies published many years ago. It remains unclear which key physiological
effects are generated by DF in view of the diversity of the food components considered as DF, the relevance of
their classification as soluble versus insoluble, and from the recent discoveries putting forward their
interactions with the gut microbiota. The FiberTAG project will establish biomarkers to meet two objectives.
First, the consortium will use existing cohorts to investigate the link between DF intake, gut microbial signature
(composition and metabolites), and key gut biological functions. The second objective will be to develop
innovative approaches to evaluate the health interest of novel insoluble DF, prone to interact with the gut
microbiota. We aim at refining the concept of dietary fiber based on novel biological effects that can occur
upon gut microbiota-nutrients interaction. Four academic and two industrial partners coming from Wallonia,
France, Germany and Canada will constitute the interactive consortium. They will work on samples issued from
existing cohorts (intervention studies with DF, cohorts relating gut microbiota composition and/or function on
health) to validate novel protocols and biomarkers related to gut derived metabolites associated with key gut
functions (short chain fatty acids, lipid metabolites, gut barrier biomarkers). Intervention studies in healthy or
overweight individuals will be elaborated to evaluate the interest of fermentable insoluble fibers developed by
industrial partners for the nutritional improvement of food products, and will allow to evaluate novel
procedures for the development of biomarkers (volatile metabolites in breath test, use of stable isotopelabelled
DF).
Job description

  • Processing and analysis of big data using available tools developed in the laboratory
  • Development of innovative mathematical/statistical approaches with the aim of identifying new biomarkers
  • Development of adequate tools for data sharing and integration inside the FiberTAG consortium (standardization of metadata; respect of the FAIR principles; merging of datasets)
  • Interpretation of the data to evaluate the relevance of new biomarkers in the field of nutrition and health

Profile
Qualifications: MSc in Biostatistics or equivalent

Required skills and knowledge:

  • Experience in data management and data integration in a biological context (preferably inphysiopathology and nutrition)
  • Experience with pearl and python programming, Cytoscape and R tools
  • Experience with high-throughput data generated from -omics technologies is a plus
  • Scientific rigor and great motivation for research
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team and within international academic and industrial networks
  • Fluent in English (min B2)

Contact
Application (motivation letter, CV and references) must be sent by email to audrey.neyrinck@uclouvain.be
UCL/LDRI/MNut, Avenue Mounier 73, box B1.73.11, B-1200 Brussels, Belgium