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ELIXIR Digital Content Editor

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
Closing date
10 Jan 2024

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Life Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

About the team/job

We are looking for a talented Digital Content Editor to join the ELIXIR Hub, which coordinates ELIXIR, the European data infrastructure for life science.

In this role you will write and edit text for the main ELIXIR website ( as well as smaller project websites like the GDI project (, the BY-COVID project ( and the new EOSC-ENTRUST project. You will also advise content providers on the best way to present their information on the web. Working under the supervision of ELIXIR’s Communications Manager, the Digital Content Editor will work closely with ELIXIR’s Web Developer, who is responsible for the technical aspects of the websites, and with ELIXIR’s Communications Officer.

As the Digital Content Editor you will also work collaboratively with ELIXIR members across Europe, which will include working with bioinformaticians, data scientists, project coordinators and other stakeholders.

Your role

Content development:

  • Create and edit text on the ELIXIR-managed websites.
  • Work with stakeholders across ELIXIR to develop the content of these sites, and advise them on the best way to present the information.
  • Conduct content audits to ensure information on the websites is accurate and consistent.
  • Integrate multimedia elements, such as images, videos, and interactive tools, to enhance the website's visual appeal and functionality.
  • Develop the website style guide.
  • Ensure that content is in line with ELIXIR's branding, messaging, and communication strategy.

User engagement:

  • Solicit feedback on the ELIXIR websites and work with stakeholders to improve the sites in response to feedback.
  • Implement best practices for SEO and user experience (UX).
  • Analyse website traffic and user behaviour to identify opportunities for improvement and engagement.


  • Stay up to date with web-related regulations covering accessibility and privacy.
  • Ensure the site content meets the minimum accessibility requirements (WCAG AA conformance).
  • Consult the ELIXIR legal team on any site feature that processes personal data.


You have

Knowledge and experience

  • Experience of writing and editing for the web.
  • The ability to extract key information from technical and scientific materials and transform it into accessible web content.
  • Experience of planning web content and designing user interfaces following UX best practices.
  • Awareness of the legal aspects of website development: GDPR and accessibility (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines - WCAG).
  • Familiarity with working with style guides.
  • Awareness of content strategy: approaches to auditing, planning, creating, maintaining and unpublishing content.
  • Knowledge of web analytics and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).

Personal Attributes

  • Good communication skills in spoken and written English.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in consulting with project stakeholders with different backgrounds to arrive at solutions agreeable to as many people as possible.
  • Ability to articulate ideas and vision to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Self-motivated with a strong sense of service delivery.

This will be a busy role with frequently changing priorities so it is critical that the role- holder is able to:

  • Set objectives and plan work independently based on agreed outcomes.
  • Meet deadlines and manage priorities to handle a heavy workload.
  • Work accurately and with attention to detail.
  • Occasionally work outside normal office hours and with international travel as required.

You might also have

  • Some competence with design packages such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Knowledge of HTML.
  • Experience of working in academia or a research infrastructure.
  • A background in, or interest in, life science or bioinformatics.

Why join us

Do something meaningful

ELIXIR unites Europe’s leading life science organisations in managing and safeguarding the increasing volume of data being generated by publicly funded research. It coordinates, integrates and sustains bioinformatics resources across its member states and enables users in academia and industry to access services that are vital for their research.

Our values

The ELIXIR Hub has a strong organisational culture which is defined by our core values. To ensure a good fit with our team, we look to recruit candidates who share our five values:

  1. We work to benefit everyone
  2. We are trusted
  3. We work with a spirit of openness
  4. We strive for excellence
  5. We work in an environment of respect

Enjoy lots of benefits:

  • Financial incentives: Monthly family, child and non-resident allowances, annual salary review, pension scheme, death benefit, long-term care, accident-at-work and unemployment insurances
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover)
  • Generous time off: 30 days annual leave per year, in addition to eight bank holidays
  • Relocation package including installation grant (if required
  • Campus life: Free shuttle bus to and from work, on-site library, subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria, casual dress code, extensive sports and social club activities (on campus and remotely)
  • Family benefits: On-site nursery, 10 days of child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances
  • Benefits for non-UK residents: Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance.

For more details please see our employee benefits page.

What else you need to know

  • Contract duration: This position is a 3 year fixed-term contract (EOSC-ENTRUST project funded).
  • International applicants: We recruit internationally and successful candidates are offered visa exemptions. Read more on our page for international applicants.
  • Diversity and inclusion: At ELIXIR, we strongly believe that inclusive and diverse teams benefit from higher levels of innovation and creative thought. We encourage applications from women, LGBTQ+ and individuals from all nationalities.
  • Job location: This role is based in Hinxton, near Cambridge, UK. You will be required to relocate if you are based overseas and you will receive a generous relocation package to support you.
  • How to apply: To apply please submit a cover letter and a CV through our online system. We aim to provide a response within two weeks after the closing date: 10th January 2024. Interviews will be held on 1st and 2nd of February.

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