Ensembl Outreach Officer

Job Location
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus Hinxton
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 other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation.

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.

Job Description

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking an enthusiastic biologist to join the outreach team in the the Vertebrate Genomics group. Supported resources include Ensembl, Ensembl Genomes and the 1000 Genomes project. You will join the Ensembl outreach team, an energetic group responsible for user training and support, disseminating project information and contributing to website usability.

Responsibilities include:

  • 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.

You will also work with the EBI's general Outreach and Training Team (OTT) 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 advantageous. Previous experience of bioinformatics would be advantageous.

You should be self-motivated, enthusiastic and capable of independent working.

You should also have excellent communication skills, both written and spoken, allowing him/her to communicate easily with a variety of scientists. He/she should also work well as a part of a team and should be comfortable delivering presentations and workshops at scientific institutes worldwide.

Candidates should be comfortable working with computers. An understanding of UNIX/Linux would be helpful, but is not required.

How to Apply

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

About Our Organization

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 and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. 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.

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