Grants Officer
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: The contract is due to end in March 2021
Grading: 4 (monthly salary starting at £2,483.24 after tax)
Closing Date: 7 November 2019
Reference Number: EBI01521
We are looking for a Grants Officer to join us at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory – European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Genome Campus just outside of Cambridge in the UK. The position is absence leave cover until 31.03.2021 at the minimum.

The EMBL-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), which is a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 27 EMBL member states and two associate member states. The EMBL-EBI is a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation.

EMBL-EBI has a successful history in identifying and obtaining external funds to further its research activities. The EMBL-EBI Grants Office supports ~160 applications for external funding per year, and the current external grant income to EMBL-EBI is in excess of €36.5 million per annum from over 165 active awards. Major funders include the European Commission, the US National Institutes of Health, UK Research and Innovation councils, the Wellcome Trust, and other charitable organisations (e.g., Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Cancer Research UK, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation).

The Grants Office is a close-knit busy team, currently comprising of five Grants Officers, a Grants Office Assistant, and the Grants Office Supervisor. Your role will be line-managed by the Grants Office Supervisor.

The EMBL-EBI Grants Office is a friendly, highly communicative team. The work is varied, and you will have autonomy to develop and improve processes in a dynamic, international working environment. Travel is required on approximately a quarterly basis either to our head office in Heidelberg or events and conferences relating to our funders.

Your role

As a Grants Officer, you will provide a professional service on all aspects of the pre- and post-award administration to senior scientists. You will act as the main liaison in the management of financial, legal, and grant compliance matters on grant proposals and active grants. You will have a portfolio of over 30 grants, including large collaborative projects.

You will need to be confident in conducting organised communication with and between external partners, funding bodies, professional legal, and intellectual property advisors, as well as other members of the EMBL administrative team both at the EMBL-EBI and EMBL-Heidelberg (Germany).

For more information on the main duties and responsibilities, please review the attached job description.

You have

We are looking for candidates with grants management experience, ideally gained in a scientific environment. As a Grants Officer, you will successfully identify funding sources, manage relations with research funding bodies, and understand the management of grant compliance and contracts.

You are able to communicate equally well with scientists, administrators, and management and demonstrate a history of proactive management of projects and problems. Excellent organizational skills, strong interpersonal skills, good communication, and fluency in English are fundamental.

You might also have

An understanding of the life sciences is helpful in the understanding of the work you will support, as is an understanding and empathy of an international research environment.

Experience in managing budgets and/or relevant legal experience would also be beneficial as the Grants Officer role involves supporting both these areas.

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.

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.

This position is limited to the project duration specified.

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