Research Programme Officer

EBI - European Bioinformatics Institute

Research Programme Officer

EMBL-EBI - European Bioinformatics Institute

Hinxton, United Kingdom

Organisation data: Research Groups
Job Number: EBI02238
Contract Type: Staff Member
Advertised Grade-Grading: Grade 5 (monthly salary starting at £3,090 after tax) plus other paid benefits depending on personal circumstances
Contract Duration-Length of Time (years/months): 3 years (Project based contract)
Closing date: 21 July 2024

About the team/job

EMBL-EBI is seeking a Research Programme Officer to assist with the delivery of a programme of research projects under the supervision of our Research Group Leaders. The Research Programme Officer will work with the relevant Research Group Leaders to develop and deliver an integrated programme plan that ensures that project deliverables and milestones are met alongside compliance with internal and external processes and requirements.

This role entails the full range of scientific project management responsibilities including liaising with a variety of internal teams covering research administration, legal/contracts, finance and IT security.

It is important that the role holder interacts well with others to get things done in differing research contexts across diverse teams. Specifically, the role will support Research Group Leaders in areas such as planning and coordination of external grant applications, research project monitoring, staff recruitment, events and meeting planning including developing agendas and taking notes, keeping stakeholders and teams up to date, financial planning, and governance and compliance in areas such as bioethics, data protection and research contracts.

Your role

The initial programme of projects includes large national and international consortia, including the Stratified Medicine Paediatrics study, a new ERC funded collaboration, and several research projects with Genomics England and other national and international collaborators.

The Research Programme Officer role provides an exciting opportunity to develop your skills in a wide range of research-related areas. The nature of the role is suited to someone who has a research background with some experience of research and project management and delivery.

You will work closely and collaboratively with the Research Group Leaders as well as your counterparts across EMBL-EBI. The role will suit someone with an entrepreneurial spirit who is interested in identifying and solving complex problems in a professional and positive way within a diverse research environment.

  • Assistance in the organisation, planning and preparation of grant applications to relevant funding agencies, working with internal Grants Office colleagues and equivalents in collaborating organisations;
  • Supporting the management and administration of the existing externally funded grants and internal core funding. Tracking expenditure and ensuring that the funding aligns effectively to the benefit of the science and funder requirements. Working with financial and other teams across EMBL-EBI and collaborating organisations as required to ensure delivery of reports e.g. to funders as required;
  • Support the Research Group Leaders with recruitment, working with the EMBL-EBI HR team;
  • Supporting the Research Group Leaders in applications to the EMBL Bioethics Committee where required;
  • Supporting the Research Group Leaders in identifying, requesting access to and managing controlled access datasets necessary for their research, ensuring compliance with IT security and other requirements;
  • Supporting aspects of organising and planning relevant strategic and project-related meetings for the Research Group Leaders, with assistance from the Research Office. Drafting meeting notes; tracking and following up on actions;
  • Assisting in the preparation of publications, press releases, material for websites and other external communication around the research programme when requested;
  • Knowledge sharing with other teams across EMBL-EBI, including the Grants Office, Research Office and Contracts team.

You have

  • Undergraduate degree in the life sciences or other subject that is relevant to the remit of EMBL-EBI;
  • A Ph.D. or Masters relevant to work undertaken at EMBL-EBI, or equivalent work experience in a scientific or technical environment;
  • Demonstrable experience that is relevant to writing grants and reports;
  • A high degree of ability in handling numerical or financial data and demonstrated attention to detail;
  • Good organisational skills, the ability to prioritise different tasks and to manage your own workload;
  • The ability to handle confidential information and all situations with diplomacy and tact;
  • A high level of independent working and initiative;
  • Excellent networking skills and demonstrated ability to build strong working relationships across teams;
  • Excellent verbal and written English language skills.

You might also have

Experience in the following areas would be advantageous but not essential

  • Experience with biomedical datasets, including the ethical considerations and processes used to manage access to these;
  • Experience in coordinating complex tasks or projects across a team or a number of partners;
  • Experience of research contracts and research governance matters;
  • Experience with European Union research funding.

Why join us

Do something meaningful

At EMBL-EBI you can apply your talent and passion to accelerate science and tackle some of humankind's greatest challenges. EMBL-EBI, part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, is a worldwide leader in the storage, analysis and dissemination of large biological datasets. We provide the global research community with access to publicly available databases and tools which are crucial for the advancement of healthcare, food security, and biodiversity.

Join a culture of innovation

We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus, alongside other prominent research and biotech organisations, and surrounded by beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. This is a highly collaborative and inclusive community where our employees enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. We are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their professional potential.

Enjoy lots of benefits

  • Financial incentives: Monthly family, child and non-resident allowances, annual salary review, pension scheme, death benefit, long-term care, accident-at-work and unemployment insurances;
  • Flexible working arrangements;
  • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover);
  • Generous time off: 30 days annual leave per year, in addition to eight bank holidays;
  • Relocation package including installation grant (if required);
  • Campus life: Free shuttle bus to and from work, on-site library, subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria, casual dress code, extensive sports and social club activities (on campus and remotely);
  • Family benefits: On-site nursery, 10 days of child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances;
  • Benefits for non-UK residents: Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance.

For more details please see our employee benefits page.

What else you need to know

  • Contract duration: This position is a 3 year project based contract. Supported by the Cancer Grand Challenges partnership funded by Cancer Research UK (CGCATF-2023/100026) and the and the National Cancer Institute (1 OT2 CA297567);
  • International applicants: We recruit internationally and successful candidates are offered visa exemptions. Read more on our page for international applicants;
  • Diversity and inclusion: At EMBL-EBI, we strongly believe that inclusive and diverse teams benefit from higher levels of innovation and creative thought. We encourage applications from women, LGBTQ+ and individuals from all nationalities;
  • EMBL is a signatory of DORA. Find out how we implement best practices in research assessment in our recruitment processes here;
  • Job location: This role is based in Hinxton, near Cambridge, UK. You will be required to relocate if you are based overseas and you will receive a generous relocation package to support you;
  • How to apply: To apply please submit a cover letter and a CV through our online system;
  • Interviews: We aim to hold interviews remotely on 1 August 2024.

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