Ensembl Outreach Officer

Job Location
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus
CB10 1SD
United Kingdom

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 family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation. We provide a dynamic, international working environment and have close ties with both the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

EMBL-EBI staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities, a free shuttle bus to Cambridge and other nearby centres, an active sports and social club and an attractive working environment set in 55 acres of parkland.

The initial contract is for a period of three years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.

Job Description

The Vertebrate Genomics group is seeking an enthusiastic biologist to join the outreach team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) which is located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in the area of scientific communication. You will join the Ensembl outreach team who are an energetic group of people who have responsibility for user training and support, disseminating project information and contributing to website usability. The team also supports many resources including Ensembl, Ensembl Genomes and the 1000 Genomes project.

In addition to the above, the post-holder will have the following responsibilities:

  • Planning and delivering training workshops, involving public presentations and extensive worldwide travel.
  • Creating and maintaining documentation and e-learning materials.
  • Direct support of user queries via email and RT (Request Tracker).
  • Disseminating of key developments via social media.
  • Feedback to development teams.
  • Supporting usability testing and web design.

The post holder will also work with the EBI's general Training Team and will report to the Ensembl Outreach Project Leader.


The successful candidate should have a background in molecular biology and genetics or a related field. A PhD or equivalent experience would be a distinct advantage and experience in bioinformatics is strongly encouraged.

The post-holder should be comfortable working with computers and an understanding of UNIX/Linux would be beneficial but is not required. 

You should have excellent communication skills, both written and spoken, which will allow you to communicate easily with a variety of scientists. You should also work well as a part of a team and should be comfortable delivering presentations and workshops at scientific institutes

How to Apply

Please apply online through www.embl.org/jobs

About Our Organization

The EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and it is a world leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation. EMBL-EBI provides freely available data from life science experiments, performs basic research in computational biology and offers an extensive user training programme, supporting researchers in academia and industry. We are part of EMBL, Europe's flagship laboratory for the life sciences.

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