European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Research Support Officer

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom

About the team/job

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory – European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking a Research Support Officer to cover a period of staff absence,  assisting the Genes, Genomes and Variation Cluster in Data Access Committee (DAC) activities and scientific administration for consortium projects within the team.


Your role

This Research Support Officer role will provide an exciting opportunity for the post holder to develop their skills in a wide range of areas, and to work with some of the most important databases for life scientists worldwide: the EMBL-EBI develops and maintains a diverse range of molecular databases spanning the areas of genomics, proteomics, structural biology, chemistry, and literature services, among others.

The main activities that the post-holder will be involved in are:

  • Liaising between applicants and the relevant Data Access Committees via e-mail.

  • Managing data access permissions to the archived datasets via a web interface.

  • Organising occasional Data Access Committee phone conferences.

  • Arranging regular meetings and calls; taking meeting minutes.

  • Communicating with consortium partners.

  • Assisting with reports and overall coordination, including tracking of project budgets.

  • Supporting the management of the on-going activities and reporting for existing externally funded grants from the Wellcome Trust, EU, NIH and UK Research Councils 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 support from the Team Administrators.

  • Supporting aspects of organising and planning relevant events such as conferences, meetings of scientific consortia and 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.

  • The successful candidate will be part of the new Research Management Office, and will be supervised by the Research Management Office Lead.


You have

  • 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

  • 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

  • The ability to handle confidential information and all situations with diplomacy and tact;

  • A high level of independent working and initiative

  • Excellent written English language skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills


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

  • Previous experience in a service or support role

  • Experience in coordinating complex tasks or projects across a team or a number of partners

  • Knowledge of, or experience with, EMBL-EBI’s resources

  • Familiarity with modern technologies used for communicating, writing and monitoring progress

  • Good knowledge of Microsoft office packages, including Word and Excel

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 over 27 member states and two associate member states. 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

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

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.

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.

This position is limited to the duration specified.

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

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: embl-EBI01544