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Operations Director, PRACE, (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe), 1050 BRUSSELS

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PRACE is established as an international not-for-profit association (aisbl) with its seat in Brussels. It has 26 member countries whose representative organisations create a pan-European supercomputing infrastructure, providing access to computing and data management resources and services for large-scale scientific and engineering applications at the highest performance level. For more information, please visit

Profile Group is looking for an Operations Director for their client PRACE located in 1050 BRUSSELS.


Key Responsibilities

  • Reporting to the Managing Director
  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • Responsible for the development, improvement and the management of the activities relating to the PRACE Peer Review Process and Project Management
  • Support the PRACE vision, mission and strategic objectives
  • Represent PRACE externally

Implement the PRACE Peer Review Process as scoped by the PRACE Council:

  • In collaboration with the PRACE Access Committee and the PRACE Partners:
  • Supervise the planning and execution of the Calls for Proposals
  • Coordinate the collection of information
  • Make sure the Calls for Proposals are documented
  • Ensure that the principles underlying the Peer Review Process are respected
  • You are responsible for organising necessary meetings and minuting them
  • Report results to applicants and computer centres
  • Follow-up the treatment of appeals to the allocation decisions
  • Collect results data from the lead scientists

Improve and implement the Peer Review Process Procedures and Tools:

  • Ensure the procedures are documented and up to date
  • You are responsible for making sure the IT tools are always available
  • Assure all collected data is in compliance with legal constraints

Maintain the Peer Review Process Data:

  • Propose and maintain the indicators linked to the Peer Review Process
  • Coordinate data analysis as required
  • Ensure the availability of the results for publication

Coordinate Programmes Supporting Users' Access:

  • Identify actions that would improve applicants' and awardees' effectiveness and coordinate their implementation
  • Manage PRACE'S participation in collaborative projects

Peer Review Process Development:

  • Identify opportunities to improve the process
  • Ensure the Scientific Communities expectations are met
  • Discern the need for alternative Access Modes
  • Improve the Research Infrastructure's effectiveness
  • Draft the documentation connected to the developments in collaboration with relevant PRACE bodies
  • Follow-up the decision making process

Manage EC and EuroHPC Funded Projects:

  • Coordinate and contribute to the submission of project proposals (EC Funded Projects)
  • Develop and manage Peer Review services
  • SPOC for PRACE'S members for funded projects
  • Administrative and financial project management and reporting

Member of the Board of Directors:

  • Participate in the preparation and implementation of PRACE'S work programmes
  • Involved in preparing the annual budget
  • Participate in preparing the management report, the annual accounts etc.
  • Present the PRACE Peer Review Process in diverse international meetings
  • Some travel may be required


Your Profile

  • PhD in Computer Sciences OR Engineering OR Physics
  • Minimum 10 years professional experience with minimum 5 years' experience in managing scientific calls for proposals OR similar scientific activities
  • Experienced in project management and in EC funding programmes
  • Experience in IT implementation projects is an asset
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English including public presentation and workshop facilitation skills
  • Collaborative approach with internal and external international stakeholders
  • Highly motivated by the job content




  • 3 year renewable contract
  • Competitive salary, Guaranteed Bonus, Group Insurance, Mobile Phone and Subscription, Laptop, Public Transport reimbursed at 100%

  • Placed on:Thu 5 September 2019
  • Location: 1050

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