Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Scientific Programme Officer

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Cambridge, United Kingdom

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual, with a life-science background, to help support and further develop the conferences and courses programme at the Wellcome Genome Campus.

About the role:
Working as part of the Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences team, you will initiate and develop new ideas for conferences across a range of scientific areas.

To excel in this role, you will have a broad interest in biomedical science, be keen to develop new events that help shape future research, and be comfortable working outside of your initial area of research expertise. You will also need to be pro-active and have skills to turn a good idea into a reality.

You will be the scientific lead on a portfolio of events (discussion-based courses and conferences), working alongside an experienced team of event organisers. This will involve chairing conference planning and review meetings, working closely with scientific programme committees and event organisers, and liaising with conference centre staff and other stakeholders. In this varied role, you will also be responsible for advising on advertising, marketing and sponsorship for the events in your portfolio.

You will be able to work well within a small team, demonstrate excellent negotiation and communication skills, and you will need to be able to work flexibly, meet deadlines and work on several projects which are at different stages of development simultaneously.

About the team:
Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences funds, develops and delivers training and conferences that span basic research, cutting-edge biomedicine, and the application of genomics in healthcare. Working with internationally-renowned scientists and healthcare professionals, we run events at the Wellcome Genome Campus and in low- and middle-income countries that aim to educate, inspire, and transform careers. Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences is part of Connecting Science.

Essential Skills
• Educated to PhD level in biomedical science or equivalent experience.
• Experience and knowledge of the academic sector (Universities and Institutions in the UK) and research environments.
• Experienced in working effectively with senior scientists and other stakeholders and keen to develop links with the wider scientific community.
• Excellent communication, networking and negotiation skills and ability to develop good working relationships with people at all levels.
• Excellent networking skills.
• Methodical and well-organised approach to work.
• Multi-tasking skills.
• Self-motivated and responsible.
• Ability to cope with pressure and meet tight deadlines.
• Must be able to work as part of a team within a defined organisational structure.
• Knowledge of genetics/genomics, microbiology, evolution or other core area of the Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences programme.

Ideal Skills
• Post-doctoral research experience in area relevant to the programme
• Experience in scientific administration or working with academic researchers or the commercial sector developing/organising workshops, conferences, or other events

Other information
Closing date: 12th January 2020

About Connecting Science
Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science’s mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society. We connect researchers, health professionals and the wider public, creating opportunities and spaces to explore genomic science and its impact on people. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation, supports learning and measures attitudes, drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Wellcome Genome Campus.

Our campus
Set across 130 acres, just outside of Cambridge, Connecting Science is located on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. Home to some of the world’s foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale, and creativity to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

Our benefits:
There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Genome Wellcome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.

As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:
• 25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
• Auto-enrolment into a generous Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with enhanced company contribution (for more information, see our Pensions page)
• Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
• Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
• Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children
• and Summer holiday club
• Life Assurance Cover and a Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract of 12 months or more)
• Enhanced maternity leave and parental leave
• Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
• Private Healthcare Scheme (after 6 months service)
• Eyecare and Dental payment plans
• Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

Being part of the Genome Wellcome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:
• Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
• A car-share initiative
• Free parking
• A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
• A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events

Find out more about our Genome Wellcome Campus.

We hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.