Ensembl Outreach Officer
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 Years
Grading: 5 or 6 (monthly salary starting at £2,631.99 or £2,944.48 after tax))
Closing Date: 4 July 2019
Reference Number: EBI01429
The Ensembl (http://www.ensembl.org) team develops free, comprehensive genome data services for a worldwide audience, distributing gene and genome data through an online genome browser and publicly accessible databases and APIs.

Ensembl Outreach is an energetic group responsible for training and supporting our users from experimental laboratory scientists to bioinformaticians, and is part of the Genomics Technology Infrastructure team, supporting several resources including Ensembl, Ensembl Genomes and the International Genome Sample Resource (IGSR).

Your role

The Ensembl Outreach Technical Officer will be involved in teaching, training and helping bioinformatic Ensembl users.

Responsibilities include:
  • Planning and delivering training workshops on our tools and APIs, and using these in NGS analysis; involving public presentations and extensive worldwide travel.
  • Creating and maintaining documentation and e-learning materials on our advanced tools and APIs, and their application in bioinformatic analysis.
  • Direct support of user queries via email and RT (Request Tracker) on using our APIs and advanced tools.
  • Direct interaction with our development teams to fix bugs identified by users and find solutions to user problems.
  • Supporting usability testing of tools and APIs.
The post holder will report to the Ensembl Outreach Project Leader and will also work occasionally with EMBL-EBI's general Training Team.

You have

The successful candidate should have a background in bioinformatics or a related field. They must be familiar with UNIX/Linux, have experience with a programming language (e.g. Python, Perl, Ruby or R) and working with relational databases.

The successful candidate is expected to have excellent English communication skills, written and verbal, both to facilitate effective communications with other team members and to communicate with external collaborators and users. They should also work well as a part of a team and should be comfortable delivering presentations and workshops at scientific institutes worldwide.

The post holder must be highly self-motivated and be able to work independently. They must also have an attention to detail, be capable of delivering to deadlines, able to delegate and prioritise tasks.

You might also have

A PhD or equivalent experience would be highly advantageous. Experience working with large scale NGS analysis, such as clinical genomics analysis, RNA-seq, ChIP-seq or similar would be helpful.

Any experience in teaching, training, public outreach, online help or planning events, in or out of science, will be considered in your application. Please let us know of any relevant experience you have.

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.