Equality and Diversity Officer
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 5 or 6 (full time monthly salary starting at £2,631.99 or £2,944.48 after tax, to be pro-rated for part-time)
Closing Date: 2 June 2019
Reference Number: EBI01364
EMBL is committed to raising awareness of issues facing women, men and minority groups in science. We want to address and challenge preconceptions, and inspire staff of all backgrounds at different stages in their scientific careers, removing impediments to equality and career progression.

As a consequence of this commitment to equality and diversity, EMBL-EBI is looking for an Equality and Diversity Officer to join its External Relations team to continue the excellent work begun by the previous incumbent to this role. We are seeking somebody who will take a strategic approach to developing and embedding policies and practices that will improve diversity, equality and gender balance at the Institute.

This is a part-time opportunity (three full days per week) to work closely with leadership and staff at Hinxton, EMBL in Heidelberg, Genome Campus colleagues from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and other stakeholders in the fields of gender and diversity.

The post holder will report regularly to EMBL’s Equality and Diversity Committee (EDC) and support its Chair, along with another Equality and Diversity Officer based in Heidelberg.

Your role

This role is tasked with collecting and analysing data to inform the development and delivery of an equality and diversity action plan that will ensure EMBL-EBI makes strides towards achieving greater diversity and career equality for all staff, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability.

EMBL-EBI is a partner in the Wellcome Genome Campus Equality and Diversity initiative, established in 2011 and led by the Wellcome Sanger Institute. This programme offers diverse events to promote awareness of the issues surrounding equality and diversity in science careers. The incumbent will be active in working on aspects of the administration and delivery of this programme. Additionally, the incumbent will represent EMBL-EBI on EMBL’s Equality and Diversity Committee and other external groups and committees where appropriate.

Alongside development of strategic equality and diversity plans, one of the key tasks will be to continue to gather, analyse and report annual statistical data at EMBL-EBI pertaining to equality and diversity.

We are looking for a person with a demonstrable track record of working on equality and diversity projects, with good strategic vision and project management skills, able to build upon and implement our action plan. You will engage widely across the equality and diversity community in the UK and Europe to bring new ideas and best practice back into our organisation. We will look to the incumbent for guidance and direction to our leadership in all matters related to equality and diversity.

The role calls for somebody confident, able to engage well with leadership and other staff across the organisation and who is numerate and has strong skills in the use of Excel. You will be an enthusiastic self-starter, working closely with the HR Team on data and statistics, and able to both chair and administer meetings. Flexibility is called for to adapt to the ever-changing landscape and to take on new tasks as and when they occur.

You have

  • Educated to degree level
  • Demonstrable experience in working on and delivering equality and diversity projects
  • Strategic, numerate and with project management skills
  • Proficient with pivot tables in Excel and the presentation of data in engaging formats
  • Good writing skills for a range of audiences, both internal and external to publicise initiatives and events and produce reports
  • Confident administering and chairing meetings and giving presentations
  • Comfortable working with scientific leadership and staff

You might also have

  • Experience of working internationally would be desirable

Why join us

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 22 member states and two associate member states.

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.

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 here

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 you need to know

To view a copy of the full job description please click 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.

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

It is envisaged that interviews will take place on Friday 14th June 2019.