Senior Scientific Officer

Job Location
The Wellcome Genome Campus
CB10 1SD
United Kingdom
Grade 6

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 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 3 years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.

Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity for a talented, experienced and highly motivated Senior Scientific Officer to join the Industry Programme team on a part time basis (20 hours per week) at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. Dissemination of cutting edge technologies to industry is part of the EMBL-EBI mission. The Industry Programme was established in 1996 to support this activity and currently comprises 19 members from the pharmaceutical and agri-food industries ( Key responsibilities:  Your primary role will be to manage a number of Industry Programme activities and to deputise for the Industry Programme manager as required. The key elements of the role will include all or part of the following (in conjunction and by agreement with the Industry Programme manager). 

  • Management of Industry Programme knowledge exchange workshops ( This will entail working with individuals from industry programme companies: establishing the motivation, scope and intended outcomes of workshops; developing the agenda; managing the process of speaker engagement and fine tuning of the agenda; moderating the workshop including chairing scientific discussions; documenting the workshop outcomes (in a report) and feeding this information back to the members.
  • Relationship management with programme members either individually or collectively: through teleconferences, webinars, face to face meetings/site-visits and other communications channels, generally helping to ensure that existing industry programme members are able to create value from their industry programme membership.
  • Presenting the activities of EMBL-EBI generally and the Industry Programme in particular to companies not currently in the programme and/or other interested parties.
  • Developing and managing small industry funded pre-competitive projects (with support from EMBLEM).
  • Other activities as may be requested from time to time by the Industry Programme manager which may include: contributing to the writing of grant applications, managing project meetings, contributing to scientific publications (e.g. following a workshop) and preparing documents to be disseminated to members.

 Overall, you will manage a continually updating portfolio of activities relating to the above and be expected to interact with a significant number of stakeholders and key opinion leaders within industry, EMBL-EBI and EMBL-EBI collaborators. It is important that you are a credible representative of EMBL-EBI to the industry members and can represent the views of the industry members within EMBL-EBI. There may be opportunities for international travel but this is not a requirement as most of the workshops are based in Hinxton. There will be some out of hours work occasionally (e.g. hosting workshop/project dinners) and there will be some limited restrictions on holiday dates. However, there is also an opportunity for flexibility in working times.


You will have:

  • A PhD in an area relevant to the pharmaceutical or agri-food industry and at least five years working experience (at least two years in industry) or master’s degree and ten years of relevant experience.
  • A broad working knowledge of bioinformatics (with some knowledge of cheminformatics and knowledge management technologies preferred).
  • Professional experience of planning, moderating and reporting scientific meetings is essential.
  • Demonstrable experience in project management.
  • Ideally some business development and/or negotiation experience.
  • Industry oriented.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and engage with a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Ability to articulate ideas and vision to engage and inspire technical audiences.

 This will be a busy role with frequently changing priorities so it is essential that you are able to:

  • Set objectives and plan work based on key dates.
  • Meet deadlines and manage priorities to handle workload.
  • Work to a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Occasionally work outside normal office hours.
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 academic and industry.

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