Research Support Officer
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 5 (monthly salary starting at £2,631.99 after tax)
Closing Date: 22 April 2019
Reference Number: EBI01382
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory - European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking a Research Support Officer to assist the service Team Leaders leading EMBL-EBI’s resources in the area of genomics with overall scientific management.

The Research Support Officer role will provide an exciting opportunity to develop your skills in a wide range of areas. The nature of the role is suited to someone with an entrepeneurial spirit, who can identify how best to assist their teams, and who is interested in identifying and solving complex problems.

Your role

As a Research Support Officer the main activities you will be involved in are:

  • Supporting the management of the on-going activities and reporting for existing externally funded grants from the Wellcome Trust, EU, NIH, UK Research Councils, and other funding bodies, in coordination with the EBI and EMBL grants offices.
  • Assistance in monitoring the budget and staffing of the teams, for example by producing reports.
  • Assistance in the organisation, planning and preparation of grant applications to relevant funding agencies.
  • Arranging and planning strategic and project-related internal meetings for the teams, with assistance from the group secretaries.
  • Supporting aspects of organising and planning relevant external events such as the scientific advisory board meeting for Ensembl.
  • Assisting in the preparation of publications, press releases and other external communication.
  • Helping to improve research management processes, for example by writing up processes and investigating new tools where necessary.
You will be part of the Research Management Office, and will be supervised by the Research Management Office Lead. You will work closely with several Faculty Team Leaders, the other members of the Research Management Office, and the EBI and EMBL administration. You will support Teams within the ‘Genes, Genomes and Variation’ Cluster of resources, the largest of which includes Ensembl, a World-leading project that integrates and annotates genomes from thousands of species across the tree of life. You may also need to work with other EMBL-EBI Service Teams and on other projects as required.

You have

  • An undergraduate degree in the life sciences or other subject area that is relevant to the remit of EMBL-EBI;
  • Demonstrable experience that is relevant to writing grants and reports;
  • Excellent written English language skills;
  • A high degree of ability in handling numerical or financial data, and demonstrated attention to detail;
  • Good organisational skills, the ability to prioritise different tasks and to manage your own workload;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • The ability to handle confidential information and all situations with diplomacy and tact;
  • A high level of independent working and initiative;
  • Ability and eagerness to learn new software and tools

You might also have

  • A Ph.D. or Masters relevant to work undertaken at EMBL-EBI, or equivalent work experience in a scientific or technical environment;
  • Knowledge of, or experience with, EMBL-EBI’s resources;
  • Previous experience in a service or support role;
  • Experience in coordinating complex tasks or projects across a team or a number of partners;
  • Familiarity with modern technologies used for communicating, writing and monitoring progress;
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft office packages, including Word and Excel.

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 do I need to know

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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.