Head of Training and Outreach

The Genome Analysis Centre
Job Location: 
Norwich, UK
£56,250 - £59,375
Job Description: 

This post will lead the Training and Outreach Department, (currently 2 FTE with potential for growth from grant funding) and join the Senior Management Team. The Department currently consists of the Outreach Programme Manager and the Marketing and Communications Manager.

The provision of a training and outreach programme focusing on the application of the Centre’s genomic technologies and expertise in bioinformatics to modern biological science is core to TGAC’s mission.

We are looking to recruit a PhD scientist with experience in molecular biology and / or Bioinformatics to lead the training and outreach programmes and teams for TGAC. The role will be key to communicating the Centre’s capabilities, technologies and experience; and training biologists / geneticists / breeders / virologists in bioinformatics and analysis tools for today and the future; and supporting the national agenda to promote mathematics and computer science in biology.

The successful applicant will have had previous significant involvement in delivering successful scientific training or outreach, and have worked within a senior management team. They will have demonstrated excellent project management skills and a proven track record in grant writing. It is essential that they are an excellent team player and communicator with highly developed interpersonal and presentation skills. They must be able to lead and motivate a team and build good networks within the scientific community.

If you would like to join a vibrant contemporary research institute working in an area of rapid technological development and innovation, and you have a proven track record in scientific training and outreach this is an exciting opportunity to further your career within the international genomics field.


Educated to PhD level in a relevant science e.g. molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry or computer science.

Significant experience of working in training or outreach in a scientific field.

Substantial experience working in a scientific/ external relations field.

Qualification in External Relations.

Experience in molecular biology and / or Bioinformatics.

Computing background.

Experience in publishing and the use of web-based media.

Experience in publishing software (e.g. Adobe packages).

Knowledge and experience of project management and the use of appropriate project management tools.

Previous experience as member of a senior management team.

Significant team management experience.

Significant experience of working at a senior level on training and/or outreach activities.

Project management experience, with delivery of a key project (e.g. typical EU project).

Proven track record in grant writing (UK, EU and International funding).

Excellent communications and interpersonal skills.

Impeccable presentation skills, with proven track record in delivery of key messages in different media.

Ability to give a professional presentation to a large group.

Attention to detail, high standards of output.

Leadership skills and autonomy and Organisational skills / ability to work with deadlines.

Travel to attend international meetings and conferences.

Flexibility to travel, host/attend TGAC conferences with some unsocial hours.

About Our Organization: 

The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) is a vibrant, contemporary research institute and registered charity, working in an area of rapid technological development and innovation.

TGAC is strategically funded by the BBSRC to lead the development of a skill base in bioinformatics and a genomics technology platform for UK bioscience. The Institute is located on the Norwich Research Park, together with its partners: the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The research park has an excellent reputation for research in plant and microbial sciences, interdisciplinary environmental science and food, diet and health, to which TGAC contributes strengths in genomics and bioinformatics. Close links exist between the NRP partners and new opportunities for collaboration in exciting new initiatives are under development. The NRP recently received £26M of government investment to facilitate innovation and further develop infrastructure to attract science and technology companies to the Park to enhance the vibrant environment and realise economic impact from research investment.

TGAC is a UK hub for innovative Bioinformatics through research, analysis and interpretation of multiple, complex data sets. It hosts one of the largest computing hardware facilities dedicated to life science research in Europe. This has been boosted recently by an e-Infrastructure grant to expand the data storage capacity to a multi-petabyte unit, deploying a high performance cluster and large-memory server enabling the allocation of processes requiring several terabytes of computing memory.

TGAC’s state of the art DNA sequencing facility operates multiple complementary technologies for data generation that provide the foundation for analyses furthering our fundamental understanding of genomes and how they function. We aim to be at the forefront of technological advances and are developing and implementing technologies to generate and analyse new types of data. We also develop novel platforms to provide access to computational tools and processing capacity for multiple academic and industrial users and promoting applications of computational bioscience. TGAC has one fully owned subsidiary, Genome Enterprise Ltd (GEL) via which it offers genomic and bioinformatics services on a trading basis and works with commercial providers on a partnership basis. TGAC also receives specific funding to enable knowledge exchange programmes which are supported across the institute teams.