Strategic and Scientific Services Officer

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

Job Description

We are seeking to recruit a Strategic and Scientific Services Officer. You will join the Strategic and Scientific Services team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

You will be a business analyst with a background in science and technology and will help handle strategic data and information flows at EMBL-EBI. Our team works closely with senior management and others to provide the EMBL-EBI Directors with the information they need.

EMBL-EBI provides freely available biological data to the global scientific community. We are at the heart of data exchange in Europe, and represent one of the highest concentrations of expertise in molecular data storage, analysis, representation, and research in the world. The Strategic and Scientific Services team works with the Directors to ensure the smooth flow of key information about services and research activities, providing management, analysis and visualisation of data relevant to the organisation as a whole. We also provide support in completing strategic grant proposals, and in matters relating to major collaborations.

As a Strategic and Scientific Services Officer, you would contribute to the broader strategic overview of the institute, and of the international bioinformatics landscape. You will interact with people throughout the organisation, and participate in diverse activities with our collaborators locally and internationally.

Your will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating a large-scale, annual user survey and analyse the results
  • Collecting and analysing usage statistics for EMBL-EBI’s resources and services
  • Collaborating with the Strategic Project Management Office and providing clear summaries of project progress, highlighting key risks, issues and actions
  • Participating in drafting, editing, and updating internal strategy documents, proposals, and progress reports
  • Collecting and presenting service usage trends and other information for the EMBL Director General’s office
  • Organising strategic events on behalf of EMBL-EBI service and research teams, and with collaborating institutes
  • Managing projects within EMBL-EBI and as a representative on international collaborations.

We'd be pleased if you had an advanced degree, but it is more important that you are naturally curious and have some working knowledge of bioinformatics. You are a confident person who finds it easy to engage with leadership, and to work independently. You should also be well organised, a self-starter with excellent time-management skills and ability to prioritise. Experience working internationally would also be desirable. Because you will be working with so many different people, you will also able to communicate equally well with developers, scientists and colleagues working in administration, project management and communications.

Skills you will need for this job:

  • Experience in business and data analysis, either in academic or commercial settings
  • Professional experience in a research or IT environment
  • A natural ability to engage and work with people in an international environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Advanced degree or equivalent in a field relevant to bioinformatics (e.g. computer science, mathematics, statistics, molecular biology) would be an advantage, but is not essential.


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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. If you have ever visited the campus you will have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Competitive salary, an informal culture, professional development, an on-site nursery, gym, café and library, and a free bus service are all benefits to working here, 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.

As part of EMBL, we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We recruit internationally, and appreciate the subtle differences between degrees and achievements in different countries. Our 570 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from 56 nations.

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