Technical Outreach Officer

Technical Outreach Officer

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) - EBI

Hinxton, Cambridge, East of England, United Kingdom


About the team/job

We are looking to recruit a Technical Outreach Officer for Europe PMC, within the Literature Services team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

Europe PMC is Europe's largest repository of freely available life sciences research articles, containing over 30 million biomedical research full text articles and abstracts. Europe PMC is funded by 29 funders across Europe, coordinated by the Wellcome Trust, and is the primary repository that supports their Open Access policies.

A key part of our mission is to make content and metadata available through APIs and bulk downloads, for consumption by application developers, data miners, hackers and researchers.


Your role

As the Technical Outreach Officer, your role will be to build community among this growing programmatic access user base. You will be the main contact point for our API users and will represent Europe PMC at workshops, hackathons and other developer forums.

To fulfil this role, you will need to have good insight into the needs of developers and API users, probably from using APIs and developing apps yourself. You should have a strong interest in open data in application development or text mining workflows. As you will need to attend, deliver and organise events such as webinars and hackathons, you will need good communication (written and verbal) and organisational skills alongside your developer skills. You will be supported in the role by the Community Manager and our core developer team.

This is a challenging position that would suit an open data enthusiast. You will find yourself working on an exciting project in a dynamic team in an international environment. If you think you can fulfil the role, then we would really like to hear from you.


You have

  • Hands on experience developing, using, or documenting APIs
  • Ability to make strategic plans for communications and outreach to technical audiences
  • Ability to plan, write, and edit written communications, including social media and developer forum posts
  • Ability to plan, travel to, and attend events such as workshops, hackathons, and sprints
  • Ability to prepare and deliver presentations and webinars

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. 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. For more information about pay and benefits click here

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 do I need to know

To apply, please submit your CV and a short statement, under 500 words, on how you would approach fulfilling the needs of the position and if you are selected for interview, we will ask you to prepare a brief presentation on this theme.

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.

This position is limited to the grant duration specified.

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

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: EMBL-embl-EBI01327

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