Technical Communications and Outreach Officer
Location:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category:Staff Member (part-time)
Contract Duration:until 31.03.2021
Grading:5 (monthly salary starting at £2,552 full time rate (after tax) / to be prorated for part-time. For more information about pay and benefits click here.
Closing Date:26th March 2018
Reference Number:EBI_01156

Job Description

We are looking to recruit a Technical Communications and Outreach Officer for Europe PMC, within the Literature Services team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

Europe PMC is Europe's largest repository of freely available life sciences research articles, containing over 30 million biomedical research full text articles and abstracts. These records are supplemented with links to biological databases, citation networks, ORCIDs records and text-mined annotations. Europe PMC is funded by 27 funders of biological and biomedical research across Europe, led by the Wellcome Trust, and is the primary repository for the research article outcomes of the research they fund.

A key part of our mission is to make the above content and metadata available through APIs and bulk downloads, for consumption by application developers, researchers and related products that reuse the content. As the Technical Communications and Outreach Officer for Europe PMC, your role will be to support this growing developer/integrator user base and build community among those with similar interests. This will require that you coordinate with the Community Manager for Europe PMC as well as developers within our team in particular.

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. 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 24 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

Qualifications and Experience

To fulfil this role, we think it is critical that you have insight into the needs of developers and API users through hands-on experience. More specifically, you should have ideas as to how the data retrieved through the Europe PMC APIs could be reused in different contexts, to answer particular research questions, or could be combined with other data from related services. We expect that your activity will lead you to spot trends and communicate emerging requirements back to the team, to feed into our development roadmap and wider communication activities.

Building community around our developer resources will mean that you will need to develop strategic plans that fit with our overall mission. To implement these plans, you will need excellent communication skills as well as technical ability and domain awareness. Therefore the ability to contribute to written communications, social media, and developer forums will be important, as will the organisational skills to plan and attend events such as workshops and hackathons, potentially in collaboration with other service providers. You should also be prepared to give presentations and webinars.

This is a new and undoubtedly challenging position, but you will find yourself working on an exciting project in a collegial and dynamic team in an international environment. If you think you can fulfil the role, bringing many of the qualities described above, and like the idea of operating in the "big data" context of the EMBL-EBI, then we would like to hear from you.


EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

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.

Along with your CV, please supply a short statement (<1000 words) on how you would approach fulfilling the needs of the position, and if you are selected for interview, we will ask you to prepare a brief presentation on this theme.

Additional Information

The position is likely to be a minimum part-time (24 hours), although we will consider applications from people wishing to work full-time under exceptional circumstances.

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 grant duration specified.

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