Vacancy: Project Manager (Open Targets)

Who are you?

You have a background in the field of target discovery, bioinformatics and/or computer science, great communications skills and an affinity towards open science. You can be a bridge between end users and a technical team. You are comfortable making decisions where others are in doubt and are more of a generalist than a specialist. You are capable of convincing others through knowledge and reasoning and can keep an overview when there are many moving parts. Formal project management training is not required, but experience in similar roles can be helpful.

Who are we?

The Hyve is a young, international IT company employing software developers, solutions architects, and data engineers. We are dedicated to delivering solutions that support scientists in life sciences and healthcare R&D using open source software, open data, and open standards. Our vision is to enhance the quality and impact of biomedical research by providing biomedical informatics solutions, and we believe that open source is the way to do this.

We want to expand our Open Targets team, where we enhance early-stage drug development research with tools provided by the Open Targets consortium. The two main tools we support are the Target Validation platform and the Genetics Portal. The Target Validation platform deals with data from a variety of different sources and brings these together in a comprehensive way, while the Genetics Portal is focused on genetic evidence only allowing for a more detailed view of this particular type of data (GWAS). We help our clients by supporting these tools and are working with two of the Open Targets consortium partners to implement the tools within their organizations. In addition, we currently work with two other pharma companies outside of the consortium, and three others have expressed an interest in working with Open Targets in the near future.

Your responsibilities

  • Lead communications with clients and other stakeholders to understand their needs and manage expectations.

  • Keep an overview of all running projects. Facilitate the project and the team, enabling required conditions.

  • Monitor progress and success of a project on time and on budget.

  • Address and solve impediments.

  • Contributing to new functionalities by gathering requirements in collaboration with the open source community, the technical team, and the client.

  • Supporting The Hyve Open Targets sales team in generating and qualifying sales leads.

  • Contributing to proposal writing.

Must have

  • 4+ years of experience gained through a Ph.D. or as a Project Manager

  • Great communication skills in English

  • Great writing skills in English

  • Background in a field that helps you understand the domain with little effort

  • Affinity with target discovery and IT

  • A strong willingness to take on challenges and an eagerness to learn

  • An affinity with what we try to achieve at The Hyve: improving the world by providing biomedical scientists with excellent tools for managing their data

  • Willingness to move to The Netherlands (for applicants currently residing overseas)

Nice to have

  • Some experience in programming to help your interaction with the technical team

  • Experience in the field of target discovery

  • Experience as a product manager

  • A Ph.D. in a relevant biomedical research field

We offer

  • Between 32-hour and 40-hour workweeks

  • A competitive salary and profit-sharing plans

  • A Personal Development Budget to encourage your personal and professional development

  • Travel allowance and a pension

  • A great workplace close to Utrecht Central Station (Utrecht, The Netherlands) with entertainment facilities such as a table football and a piano

  • Frequent team-building activities such as board games, city trips, karaoke nights, and outdoor sports

  • Opportunity to work with renowned research institutes worldwide

  • Opportunity to work with research departments of most of the top 10 pharma companies

For more information, please contact:

Sifra van Haaften, Talent Coach,

How to apply?

Please send your application to: