PROJECT MANAGER FOR OPEN-SOURCE SYSTEM SUPPORTING SCIENCE
This is a unique opportunity to become the key figure in the development of a system of vital importance to natural history research and data management. Backed by an international consortium of natural history institutions and with a commitment to opensource software, the system has the potential to become widely adopted both nationally and internationally. Are you ready to lead the charge?
You will lead the development and deployment of a web-based collection management system – DINA-Web – for the Swedish Museum of Natural History and similar institutions in Sweden and abroad. Among other things, the system offers or will offer features for recording new specimens (mammals, birds, insects, plants, minerals, DNA samples etc) and analysis data, digitizing collections, migrating data from legacy systems, and searching and sharing existing data nationally and internationally. The system is being developed using agile methods in an international open-source collaboration coordinated by the group at the department. In addition to the project manager, the group currently includes seven members, both developers and domain experts. Read more about the project at https://github.com/DINA-Web/ and http://bit.ly/dina-project.
As the project manager, you have great freedom in shaping the way we work towards meeting goals. You are responsible for day-to-day management of the project and the development team, and the communication with users and other stakeholders. You answer to the project steering group with respect to schedules, results and deliverables. You design business plans and make sure your team meets the goals within the allocated budget. You communicate about and market the project in different channels both nationally and internationally. You also plan and oversee the long-term operations and maintenance of all the department’s IT systems supporting research and collection management at the museum. Most of these systems will eventually be included in or replaced by DINA-Web.
The position will require you to manage relations with a range of people, including collections staff, scientists and developers at the Swedish Museum of Natural History and similar institutions in Sweden and abroad. It is likely to involve both national and international travel. The museum offers rich opportunities for professional development.
You have broad IT knowledge and several years of experience managing large software development projects through all stages: planning, analysis, design, development, deployment, and evaluation. You also have knowledge or experience of overseeing the long-term operations of IT systems and online services. You are familiar with agile methods and different project management models. You can design business plans and follow up project budgets. You are good at leading and empowering teams.
You know how to engage with and build support among team members as well as among decision makers and other stakeholders. You have strong communication skills in English, both written and spoken. You have good interpersonal skills, allowing you to work effectively with collection managers, scientists, developers, and senior management.
Experience in leading or working within an IT startup may be a suitable background. Knowledge of business process development and marketing would be valuable, as would experience of international development of open-source and web-based systems. Knowledge of biology, geology or museums would be meritorious. It is valuable if you have experience of applying for external grants and leading externally funded projects. It would also be valuable if you can communicate in Swedish, spoken and written.
Form of Employment: Permanent Extent: Full time Starting date: Flexible. We implement a six-month probationary employment period. Benefits: Standard rules for Swedish government employees apply with respect to vacation days, parental leave etc.
Questions about the Position
For more information about the position, turn to Department Head Fredrik Ronquist (08- 519 540 94; firstname.lastname@example.org), Group Leader Anders Telenius (08-519 542 84; email@example.com) or Project Manager Mikko Heikkinen (08-519 541 13; firstname.lastname@example.org). Trade union representatives: Mia Ehn, SACO (08-519 540 50; email@example.com) and Anna Sandberg, ST (08-519 542 17; firstname.lastname@example.org).
The application should be submitted by 2018-10-22 to email@example.com. It should contain a personal letter (max three pages), a CV and contact details of three references. Mark your application with reference number dnr 2.3.1-387 2018.