Grants Officer
Location:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category:Staff Member
Contract Duration:3 Years
Grading:4 (monthly salary starting at £2,368 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here
Closing Date:4th March 2018
Reference Number:EBI_01143

Job Description

We are looking to recruit a Grants Officer to join our small Grants team, at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory – European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).

As a Grants Officer, you will work with senior scientists to provide a professional service on all aspects of the pre- and post-award administration of a portfolio of over 60 grants, including large collaborative projects. Major funders include the European Commission, the US National Institutes of Health, the Wellcome Trust, UK Research Councils and our Industry Programme partners. You will act as the main liaison in the management of financial, legal, and grant compliance matters on grant proposals and active grants.

The Grants Office is a small, busy team of seven and you will report to the Grants Office Supervisor. Given the international nature of the work, it is a requirement of employment that the post holder be prepared to travel to other locations when required. The position is on a three year fixed term basis during which time the overall structure and resourcing of the Grants Office will be reviewed and determined.

To see a full job description for this role click here.

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. EMBL-EBI is a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation. The external income to EMBL-EBI from research is in excess of €24.6 million per annum. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 22 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. Our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

Qualifications and Experience

It is essential that you are a confident communicator and have excellent communication skills, because the role involves communication with and between external partners, funding bodies, legal, and intellectual property advisors, as well as other members of the EMBL administrative team both at the EMBL-EBI and EMBL-Heidelberg in Germany. You will also have strong interpersonal skills to work within a stimulating international environment.

The Grants Officer role requires that you to have the capacity to prioritise a heavy workload and meet tight deadlines. The ability to work in an organised, independent, and accurate manner is required for this post, and you will need to be able to demonstrate well developed analytical and problem solving skills.

You must have a proven ability to analyse complex information and figures. Experience in administration of research grant and contracts is desirable.

A high level of competence with PC Windows packages including Office (Excel, Word) is essential. Experience of working with SAP or other similar database packages is desirable.


EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation.

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

Application Instructions

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

Additional Information

Applications are welcome from all nationalities - visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

This position is limited to the contract duration specified.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.