Scientific Project and Communications Manager (HD_00534)

Job Location
Heidelberg, Germany & Stanford University, USA,
Job Description

The Steinmetz lab in the Genome Biology Unit at European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Heidelberg is seeking a highly motivated, dynamic individual to develop and coordinate projects, strategic initiatives, grant writing, and scientific communication within two of the leading scientific research organizations worldwide: Stanford University and EMBL. The Steinmetz lab is associated with both institutions and operates in an integrated manner across sites in Heidelberg, Germany, and at Stanford University in the US. The lab focuses on developing and applying interdisciplinary, genome-wide technologies to study genome regulation, the genetic basis of complex phenotypes and the genetic and molecular systems underpinning disease.


• Scientific participation and engagement with projects in the lab, including project management, attending lab meetings and keeping up to date with project statuses
• Preparing documents, grant applications, manuscripts and presentations
o Administration and management of grant applications
o Assisting in identifying, obtaining, and coordinating new sources of funding
o Assistance in planning, writing, and revising manuscripts for publication
• Promotion of the lab’s research via websites, media relations, external seminars
• Developing and coordinating strategic initiatives, collaborations and international partnerships for the lab
• Developing and managing joint initiatives between EMBL and Stanford University, for example scientific retreats, collaborations, exchanges
• Following research developments in fields of the lab and networking with other scientists
• Additional scientific and administrative tasks as required in support of the above


Qualifications and Experience

A Ph.D. in biological sciences is required, and research experience in fields of the lab including functional genomics, transcriptomics, systems genetics or computational biology is desired. Experience in scientific writing is essential and experience in grant writing, project management and working in an international environment and the field of communications is an asset.

The ideal candidate demonstrates exceptional writing and communication skills in addition to advanced analytical skills, and a demonstrated ability to infer key messages from complex observations. (S)he will have outstanding written and oral English skills and be capable of communicating complex scientific concepts to diverse audiences. The successful candidate will have strong organizational skills, self-motivation and be able to work independently. An international mindset, creativity, adaptability, ability to work effectively in a team environment, and ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment are also essential. The role will likely involve international travel.

At EMBL, the lab is located in the Genome Biology Unit:
At Stanford, the lab is located in the Genetics Department and at the Stanford Genome Technology Center:

How to Apply

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Additional Information

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

About Our Organization

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations in the world. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany), with additional sites in Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton (UK) and Monterotondo (Italy).

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