Scientific Visitor Programme and Training Lead

EMBL - European Molecular Biology Laboratory

Scientific Visitor Programme and Training Lead

EMBL - European Molecular Biology Laboratory

Heidelberg, Germany

Organisation data: External Scientific Courses
Job Number: HD02225
Contract Type: Staff Member
Job Function: Senior Administrative Officer (gr. 6-8)
Advertised Grade-Grading: 6, 7 or 8; depending on experience and qualifications
Contract Duration-Is this renewable to 9 years?: yes
Contract Duration-Length of Time (years/months): 3 years
Closing date: 24 August 2022

About the team/job

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations in the world aimed to explore the secrets of life. EMBL integrates 27 members states and currently employs approx. 1 800 people across its six sites in Heidelberg, Barcelona, Grenoble, Hamburg, Hinxton, and Rome. EMBL Heidelberg is the headquarters site located in Heidelberg, Germany, integrating both research groups and core facilities.

The EMBL International Centre for Advanced Training (EICAT) coordinates and organises all aspects of internal and external training at EMBL. EICAT External Training is responsible for the EMBL Course and Conference Programme and the Scientific Visitor Programme, as well as for all further aspects related to the training of external scientists and the broader scientific community.

Your role

The EICAT Scientific Visitor Programme and Training Lead will lead the development and implementation of EICAT's scientific strategy for hosting, supporting and integrating visiting scientists at EMBL, as well as support and reinforce the EMBL programme for international conferences and courses.

In this role, you will actively coordinate and organise contacts and opportunities for scientific visitors coming to EMBL for short- to mid-term research projects, as well as support deploying opportunities for novel and innovative scientific conferences and courses at the forefront of scientific and technological development. The position reports to the EICAT Head of External Scientific Training.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Lead development and implementation of the strategy for EMBL's Scientific Visitor Programme in coordination with the Head of External Scientific Training and the administrative Scientific Visitor Programme Manager;
  • Supervise the administrative Scientific Visitor Programme Manager;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of External Scientific Conferences and Courses at EMBL Heidelberg in collaboration with the Head of External Scientific Training and the External Scientific Courses Programme Lead, including programme development in close contact with the scientific organisers;
  • Lead development and implementation of assessment strategies and tools for both scientific visitors and conferences and courses to monitor progress towards objectives;
  • All of the above will be done in close consultation and alignment with administrative units and training programmes at the other EMBL campuses. The post holder will support visiting scientists and conferences and courses at the other campuses;
  • Organise or participate in fundraising and grant applications as well as in promotional and marketing efforts to support and advertise the activities of the Visitor Programme and the Course and Conference Programme.

You have

As our ideal candidate, you have have a PhD degree in the life-sciences with at least 2 years of postdoctoral research experience. A broad interdisciplinary scientific interest and research background in molecular biology is required.

The successful candidate also has:

  • A well-developed network of scientific contacts with experience of participating in advanced scientific training as an organiser or co-organiser and education and/or instructional design;
  • A thorough understanding of the principles behind (and benefits of) scientific collaboration and joint projects, including short- and long-term scientific visits and internships;
  • A genuine scientific interest and a strong motivation for the implementation of project opportunities and benefits for visiting scientists and training activities.

The candidate should have demonstrated effective organisational skills and the ability to handle work in an efficient and timely manner across a broad range of functions. Effective multi-tasking and the ability to work with tight deadlines are also required.

Excellent presentation skills are essential.

Outstanding interpersonal skills, as well as creativity and collaborative team spirit are required. The ability to anticipate needs and maintain excellent working relationship with people, also from the corporate environment is essential.

An excellent command of written and spoken English is required.

A high level of computer literacy is required for this position. Advanced skills in the use of Microsoft or Open Office software, as well as the Adobe Software Suite are expected.

You might also have

  • Additional qualifications in the area of (scientific) management and/or scientific training would be beneficial;
  • You might have experience in the application for and participation in multi-partnered grants;
  • Experience and demonstrated independence in the organisational and financial management of projects in the scientific context would be highly beneficial;
  • Additional skills in other European languages (e.g. German) would be highly beneficial.

Why join us

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. We offer a highly collaborative, cutting-edge and vibrant international atmosphere with a very collegial and family-friendly working environment with excellent professional development opportunities. The remuneration package comprises from a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including your family. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities, shuttle bus, an on-site kindergarten, cafeteria and a library. The knowledge of the German language is not required.

What else you need to know

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed for up to 9 years in total, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

To apply please submit a cover letter and a CV through our online system.

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