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Scientific Project Officer

Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Jobs in UKJobs in EnglandFull-time

Staff category
Staff Member

Contract duration
3 years

4 or 5 (monthly salary starting at £2,441 or £2631 after tax)

Reference number

Job description
The EMBL-EBI Training team is looking for an enthusiastic science communicator to contribute to the team’s European training projects. This role will focus on communication, social media presence, as well as event and project management support. You will work primarily on BioExcel CoE and contribute to other EU projects, including CORBEL. This position is an excellent opportunity to further develop your science communication skills and gain social media experience in an international setting. The training team is part of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) which is located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

Your role
Your responsibilities will cover the following major areas:

Social media community building

– Posting tweets on a daily basis and using tools like TweetDeck or Hootsuite to schedule tweets over weekends and holidays
– Increasing engagement with our Twitter community and increasing the number of followers by following and engaging with influencers
– Monitoring and replying to twitter conversations and relevant topics (molecular dynamics, GROMACS, workflows, European Research Infrastructures #EU_RIs)
– Posting updates to the BioExcel company LinkedIn account
– Working with the training liaison officer to implement channel-specific campaigns (e.g. for the BioExcel Knowledge Resource Centre
– Monitoring social media analytics


– Liaising with members of the project to turn recent project presentations into a series of tweets and LinkedIn updates.
– Securing and liaising with webinar speakers, training them on the webinar software
– Planning mini-campaigns to promote project events and services.
– Generating and editing text for the project websites.
– Searching for relevant training resources to be added to the BioExcel Knowledge Resource Centre, and curating existing content

Project & event management

– Contributing to project reports (EU deliverables, periodic reports)
– Providing event management support (e.g. communicate with speakers, attendees & suppliers; create event budget, event documentation)

You have
The post-holder is likely to be a life-science graduate (or graduate from another scientific, technical or engineering discipline) with a keen interest in, and some experience of, science communication. You might, for example, have an undergraduate degree in a scientific subject and a Master’s degree in science communication. A higher qualification such as a PhD would be an asset but is not essential.

– Excellent verbal and written communication skills
– Scientific background
– An interest in marketing, communications and social media
– Ability to prioritise tasks and work independently
– Ability to work well in a team (including virtual collaboration)
– Ability to pick up new skills quickly

You will be comfortable working to a tight brief and work collaboratively with others to ensure that the project is going to plan. You will have proven organisational skills and ideally will have some experience in project or event management.

Experience of contributing to outreach and communications including the creation of web content, social media, mailing lists and newsletters. You will be able to show evidence at interview stage of experience in this area.

The following personal skills are essential for this role:

– Have excellent interpersonal skills and collaborate effectively (including on a virtual platform)
– Have an enthusiasm for science communication
– Work to a high level of accuracy, attention to detail and sensitivity to ethical and societal considerations
– Have a flexible approach, self-motivation and resilience
– Organize your workload and meet deadlines

You will have a good knowledge of MS Office applications (especially Excel and Word), Google drive, email and internet applications, and a willingness to learn other software tools as needed to manage the project effectively.

You might also have
Experience with graphic design software (e.g. ADOBE Creative Suite) would be a distinct advantage. Additional language skills are an advantage but not essential.

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 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.

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.

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. For more information about pay and benefits click here.

How to apply
Please apply online via www.embl.org/jobs

Closing date: 14 December 2018

Some international travel will be likely.

This contract is limited to the project duration specified. 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. Interviews for this position will be held on 11 January 2019. Please state in your cover letter if you are unable to attend certain dates in December.

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 BST on the date listed above.

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