Program Manager

McGill University
Montreal, QC, Canada
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Program Manager

The Canadian Bioinformatics Workshop (CBW)’s mission is to accelerate the use of bioinformatics and computational tools in health and life sciences through education, networking, and outreach, and vision is to become a leader in bioinformatics education, networking, and outreach ( CBW began offering workshops in 1999 and has since become a valuable resource in the community having trained over 4000 students. The McGill Initiative in Computational Medicine (MiCM) was formed in 2017 and aims to deliver inter-disciplinary research programs and empower the use of data in health research and health care delivery ( CBW and MiCM are joining forces, together with additional partners that include the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research (, the Canadian Center for Computational Genomics (C3G, and the Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives initiative (, to continue and expand the mission of CBW to further develop and deliver advanced training in bioinformatics and computational medicine.

Under the direct supervision of the Scientific Director of CBW and the Director of the MiCM, we are seeking a Program Manager who will lead the organization of the current workshop series as well as the development of new workshops to reflect the latest approaches being used in bioinformatics and computational medicine. She/he will further contribute to the content development and delivery of the various workshop. This position will play an active role in developing and leading a wide variety of awareness and educational activities within the CBW, McGill University and the broader community. The Program Manager will interact with researchers across organizations to understand their research and translational objectives and collaborate with teams to lead the development of knowledge and research exchange activities. Additionally, the role also involves representing CBW and MiCM on the international stage and ensuring that it is globally relevant and competitive.


Content Creation & Delivery Responsible for leading the organization of CBW workshops, as well as engage in the development of additional training opportunities in the fields of bioinformatics, computational biology, genomics, health informatics, and more broadly computational medicine;

Develop current and new CBW workshops through the monitoring of research needs for new training opportunities; Manage the organisation and delivery of the workshop series across Canada and at CSHL (NY)- including all logistics, room booking, and managing of registrations; Support and develop new training opportunities of relevance to the MiCM community; Seek and determine the fit of innovative learning and networking approaches to enhance the participant experience at workshops and build a bioinformatics community; Manage the CBW and MiCM training budgets; Actively seek funding opportunities for training activities and write training grants

Communications & Outreach Responsible for the maintenance of the CBW, MiCM and C3G websites, including its brand as the top source for high-quality bioinformatics training materials, workshops, jobs, and resources in Canada.

Oversee website upgrades working with a web development team; Oversee the CBW, MiCM and C3G social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Reddit); Promote the workshops to various audience groups, such as advanced researchers, the public at various outreach and scientific conference events, etc.; Coordinate an annual educational board meeting for CBW with key stakeholders from across Canada and the world, ensuring accountability and educational leadership; Actively participate in MiCM meetings to give updates on training activities; Represent CBW and MiCM and ensure competitiveness in the Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training (GOBLET, see and ISCB through participation to its education committee, working groups, and conferences;


Project management experience; CIHR, Genome Canada and/or NSERC grant writing knowledge and experience; Proven ability to think and work independently, as well as within a team; Excellent written, organizational and communication skills; Excellent computer skills, specifically in MacOS and Unix/Linux; Experience with navigating and using Amazon Web Services (AWS) and or academic cloud infrastructures also an asset. The ability to install and troubleshoot the installation of packages on Windows, Mac and Linux computers an asset; Excellent computer skills with spreadsheets, word processing and presentation packages; Experience with R/Rstudio an asset; Experience and knowledge of GitHub; Excellent financial management skills, budget forecasting and reporting skills; Demonstrated experience with event coordination; Demonstrated ability to prioritize and multitask to meet deadlines; Great English communication skills, spoken and written (French an asset but not a requirement).

  • How to Apply

    Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae to Deadline to apply is May 3rd at 5pm.

Additional Information

Salary range is $50,800-$82,600. 12 month contract with possibility of renewal.