Outreach Officer
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: Grade 4-6 depending on skills and experience (Monthly salary starting at £2,540 - £3,063 after tax)
Closing Date: 30 July 2020
Reference Number: EBI01650
The Open Targets project aims to systematically identify and prioritise drug targets by combining genetic, clinical and functional genomics data. It is a shared initiative between the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), a global leader in the management, integration and analysis of public domain life science data; world-leading pharmaceutical companies GSK, Takeda, Sanofi and Bristol Myers Squibb, and the Wellcome Sanger Institute, a world-leading genomics institution with expertise in human genetics, cancer and infectious disease.

The Open Targets Platform integrates public domain data to enable target identification and prioritisation. The Open Targets Genetics Portal identifies targets based on GWAS and functional genomics. We complement data integration with large scale systematic experimental approaches to support target identification, prioritisation and validation.  

Your role

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated person to join our team as Outreach Officer. You will represent the Open Targets consortium and brand via social media, blog posts, newsletters, videos, press releases, online profiling, and ensure training material is up-to-date, to provide a professional, vibrant and consistent approach to Open Targets communications. You will represent Open Targets at key onsite (Industry Programme meetings) and offsite conferences (e.g. ELRIG events) as well as with Open Targets consortium partners.

You will be responsible for researching, creating and maintaining an Open Targets editorial calendar, including written content and digital/media assets. The role will also include coordinating the writing and submission of publications related to the Platform and Genetics Portal, drafting newsletters and blog posts, and helping advertise job positions and opportunities within the consortia. In this you will interact with the Open Targets Executive Team, team members, project scientists and other communication leads on the Wellcome Genome Campus (or Open Targets partners). You will work closely with the Open Targets Platform Project Manager and Product Design & Strategy Lead in order to coordinate events and news items, helpdesk queries, feedback from users and QC.

You will be responsible for ensuring training materials and documentation for the Platform and Portal are kept up-to-date and readily accessible. You will research and help organise focused training sessions, both within the Open Targets consortia and externally. The role will include updating communications kit materials as needed (e.g. new logos or graphics).

You will also be responsible for managing incoming messages/support requests submitted by email, on social media, and on specialised websites (e.g. Biostars) and channeling these to the appropriate person for responses.  

You have

  • Degree level qualification or equivalent in life sciences, genetics, biochemistry, bioinformatics, data science or similar
  • Track record of science communication through multiple channels and formats, or you are looking to transfer from a research career into an exciting new avenue
  • Experience working in a team environment
  • Experience in building social media profiles and driving engagement
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills and an ability to communicate effectively to a wide range of audiences.
  • Interest in target prioritisation and a drive to represent the Open Targets consortia
  • The ability to engage and enthuse others, and are self-motivated

You might also have

  • Experience in training and helping to organise events
  • Experience with biological databases or similar software platforms and tools, or familiarity with different types of biological data
  • Experience working with academic institutes or pharmaceutical companies
  • Experience in drug target discovery and drug development pipelines

Why join us

Join our diverse team to contribute to an innovative, large-scale, multi-year, public-private partnership that uses human genetics and genomics data for systematic drug target identification and prioritisation, and ultimately to help the development of more efficacious and safer treatments for patients.

You will have the opportunity to effectively bring together the Open Targets consortia communication and outreach, collaborate across the consortia and seek new strategic collaborative opportunities. There will be opportunities to travel. 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 over 27 member states and two associate member states. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 850 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

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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.

This position is limited to the project duration specified.

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