Research Support Officer
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 5 (monthly salary starting at £2,676.73 after tax)
Closing Date: 1 December 2019
Reference Number: EBI01530
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory - European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking a Research Support Officer to join the Research Management team at EMBL-EBI. You will support teams within the Genes, Genomes and Variation (GGV) and the Molecular Archival Resources (MAR) Cluster (Cluster is equivalent to Department) with planning and co-ordination of external grants and overall scientific management and to ensure that all of the funded projects with the teams are running smoothly. GGV provides resources for vertebrate genomics research, including the Ensembl genome annotation resources and analysis infrastructure in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. The cluster creates informatics resources as part of worldwide efforts to distribute data and materials for mouse models, phenotyping and related research and leads data management activities for several large-scale genomics projects, including the 1000 Genomes Project and Blueprint as part of the International Human Epigenome Consortium (IHEC). MAR are organised around variation, DNA/ RNA sequences, biological samples/complex phenotype data, providing archives that form an essential component of the scientific record, e.g. The European Nucleotide Archive (ENA), the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA), the European Variation Archive (EVA), BioSamples, Mouse resources and semantics as a service. MAR also delivers data management and coordination for international data generation projects such as Human Cell Atlas, COMPARE, Zika Alliance. You may also need to work with other EMBL-EBI Service Teams and on other projects as required.

Your role

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 entrepreneurial spirit, who can identify how best to assist their teams, and who is interested in identifying and solving complex problems. 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. 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.
  • 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 collaborate with other members of the Research Management Office, and the EBI and EMBL administration.

You have

  • 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
  • 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
  • The ability to handle confidential information and all situations with diplomacy and tact;
  • A high level of independent working and initiative
  • Excellent written English language skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

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
  • Previous experience in a service or support role
  • Experience in coordinating complex tasks or projects across a team or a number of partners
  • Knowledge of, or experience with, EMBL-EBI’s resources
  • Familiarity with modern technologies used for communicating, writing and monitoring progress
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft office packages, including Word and Excel

Why join us

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

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 apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system. Applications are welcome from all nationalities - 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.