About the team/job
EMBO stands for excellence in the life sciences. We support talented researchers at all stages of their careers in Europe and beyond, stimulate the exchange of scientific information, and help build a research environment where scientists can achieve their best work.
A core programme of EMBO since the 1960s, EMBO Fellowships have benefited thousands of early career scientists. Life scientists actively seek EMBO Long-Term Fellowships and EMBO Advanced Fellowships for postdoctoral research to fund and support their international careers. Approximately 300 scientists also benefit each year from EMBO Short-Term Fellowships, returning to their home laboratories with new skills as well as contacts for future collaborations.
The Programme Head oversees and coordinates all aspects of the fellowships offered by the organization and is responsible for the operational and strategic development of the programme. The Programme Head works closely with the EMBO Fellowships Committee, including managing the review process; oversees and executes the budget for the programme; supervises an administrative team of three members; and is part of the EMBO management team.
- Direct the implementation of policies and procedures for the EMBO Fellowships Programme;
- Oversee and coordinate the EMBO Fellowships application review procedures including: pre-screening, assigning applications to EMBO Members and EMBO Young Investigators, post-review evaluation, and communication of the outcome;
- Monitor the budget of the programme;
- Analyze statistical and financial information relating to EMBO Fellowships and prepare related reports;
- Communicate with applicants pre- and post-application and foster collaborative working relationships with others in the scientific community and with partner organizations;
- Direct the organization of EMBO Fellows Meetings (annually in Europe; biennially in North America);
- Develop EMBO Fellowship Programme communications, marketing and networking activities;
- Promote the activities of the programme and represent the programme, as required;
- Lead an administrative team, including mentoring and performance management;
- Perform additional tasks as required by the EMBO Director.
This position will occasionally require duty travel and working outside of the normal working hours, in the evenings or during the weekend.
- A PhD in biology or in a related field;
- A strong research background including international research experience;
- Broad understanding of and enthusiasm for the life sciences;
- Proven experience in administration management;
- The ability to work on several projects flexibly and concurrently;
- Excellent organizational and time management skills, as well as the ability to co-ordinate a complex range of activities;
- The ability to prioritize and multi-task effectively and meet multiple deadlines with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail;
- The ability to both lead and work in a team;
- A positive attitude and customer service focus;
- Well-developed communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
- Proficiency in current office software;
- Excellent written and oral English language skills.
You might also have
- Experience of leading a team and working in scientific administration, preferably in an international environment;
- Knowledge of international fellowship funding schemes;
- Knowledge of statistical packages, content management systems and of databases, such as Filemaker Pro.
Why join us
The EMBO offices are located on the international EMBL life science research campus in Heidelberg, Germany. Heidelberg, home to around 150,000 people, is a vibrant university city offering a high quality of life. EMBO is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international science organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, pension scheme and health insurance, and educational and other family-related benefits. As a non-profit organisation, we have an informal and collegial working environment that is inspired by our dedication to working for a common greater good.
What else you need to know
The Head of the EMBO Fellowship Programme reports to the EMBO Director.
Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.
Interviews are planned for end of January 2020/ beginning of February 2020.