Open Targets Senior Administrator
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 4-5 (monthly salary starting at £2,442 or £2,632 after tax)
Closing Date: 25 January 2019
Reference Number: EBI01335
Open Targets is a public-private initiative between the EMBL-EBI, GlaxoSmithKline, Biogen, Celgene, Takeda, Sanofi and the Sanger Institute to combine large-scale genomic experiments with objective statistical and computational techniques to identify and validate the causal links between targets, pathways and diseases.

We are looking for a Senior Administrator to provide high-level administrative support to the Open Targets Executive Team and members of the Open Targets team.

Your role

The main responsibilities of the role are to provide high-level day-to-day administrative support to the Open Targets Executive Team, incorporating the relevant administrative systems and processes that are associated with their employers (currently Sanger, EBI & GSK). Duties include diary management, support to meetings and travel arrangements.

The post holder will organise several scientific and non-scientific meetings and events, some of which will need to be minuted. Other duties include tracking project budgets, website updates, maintaining the teams Office 365 portal and its associated documentation.

The position is based in dedicated Open Targets space within EMBL-EBI and reports to the Open Targets Operations Director and the Open Targets Scientific Director.

You have

  • excellent organisational and prioritisation skills and experience;
  • excellent knowledge of relevant desktop IT tools, e.g. Outlook, Excel;
  • executive level administrative experience in a large, complex organisation;
  • experience managing systems for tracking workflow and follow up actions;
  • ability to work flexibly and collaboratively and work independently with minimum supervision;
  • a practical approach to problem-solving;
  • excellent communication skills across a wide range of levels;
  • the ability to review, develop and implement good administrative processes;
  • willingness to travel to external meetings/conferences as required (could be locally or internationally).

You might also have

  • experience of budgetary management;
  • experience of website editing, e.g. Drupal, GitHub;
  • prior experience of working in a scientific environment.

Why join us

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. For more information about pay and benefits click

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.

What else do I need to know

A copy of the full job description can be found here

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system.

Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. For more information please see our website

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 project duration.

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