Research Support Officer
Location:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category:Staff member
Contract Duration:3 years (renewable)
Grading:5 (monthly salary starting at £2,552 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here
Closing Date:8 August 2018
Reference Number:EBI_01261

Job Description

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 life science resources with overall scientific management, including planning and co-ordination of external grants, to ensure that all of the funded projects within the teams are running smoothly.

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.

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 team, for example by producing reports.
  • Assistance in the organisation, planning and preparation of grant applications to relevant funding agencies.
  • Arranging, planning and ensuring regular attendance at internal meetings among the major projects of the team, with assistance from the group secretaries.
  • Supporting aspects of organising and planning relevant external events such as the scientific advisory board meetings for the team's major projects.
  • Helping to improve research management processes, for example by writing up processes and investigating new tools where necessary.
  • Assisting in the preparation of publications, press releases and other external communication.

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 specific Teams within the EMBL-EBI, but will also need to work with other Teams and on other projects as required.


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 25 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. 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.

Qualifications and Experience

You will 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.

Ideally, 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.

Application Instructions

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

Additional Information

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.

The initial contract is for a period of three years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.

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