Scientific Project Manager


Key information

  • Location: EMBL-EBI Hinxton
  • Staff category: Staff Member - Administrative and support
  • Contract duration: 3 years
  • Grading: Grade 5 (starts at £2,676 after tax per month)
  • Closing date: 12 June 2020
  • Reference number: EBI01628

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About this position

We are looking for an enthusiastic and driven Scientific Project Manager to join the training team to work on our European funded training projects.

Training is a core activity across EMBL-EBI, involving almost every part of the organisation and coordinated by a team of 28 people. The Training Team delivers a world-recognised programme that encompasses face-to-face and online learning, training trainers and secondments. The training team also contributes to several externally funded projects.

Your role

Working within our EU project sub team, you will focus on delivering on our training commitments to our EU-funded projects (H2020). You will primarily work on PerMedCoE (new CoE), and additionally support CINECA (CINECA website), BioExcel CoE (BioExcel website) and other EU projects as they come up. This position is an excellent opportunity to further develop your training and project management skills and gain experience working on EU funded projects.

You will report to the Senior Scientific Project Manager and work closely with the EU project team responsible for event management and outreach of EU funded projects.

The role involves substantial autonomy and requires extensive interactions with project partners and other groups within EMBL-EBI. It is therefore essential that you can contribute to a culture of integrity and trust among your collaborators, able to build mutual understanding and help to set realistic expectations with project partners.

Responsibilities include:

  • organising and facilitating training events, both remote and face-to-face
  • contribute to project webinar series and other video content
  • promote training best practice and project aims
  • provide project management support, including contributing to project reporting and impact assessment
  • deputise for the Senior Scientific Project Manager as needed
The role involves international travel, mainly in Europe.

You have

  • a PhD (or similar level of expertise) in molecular life sciences or a related subject
  • experience managing or contributing to projects in an international setting and/or European or publicly funded projects
  • experience in delivering teaching/training and/or designing training programmes for a specific audience
  • good time management and organisational skills, and can work to deadlines
  • used or are comfortable with using remote collaboration tools and digital project management software (e.g. Zoom, Slack, Trello, Asana, Jira, or similar software)
  • the ability to engage and enthuse others, and are self-motivated
  • the ability to communicate with a wide range of audiences
  • proven ability to take the lead on projects where required and manage your own workload

You might also have

  • experience of managing or contributing to outreach and communications including the creation of web content, social media, mailing lists and newsletters.
  • experience of working with Bioinformatics tools and resources

Why join us

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. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by over 27 member states and two associate member states. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 850 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

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. For more information about pay and benefits click here.

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities 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.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

What else you need to know

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To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system. Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels

Appointment will be based on merit alone.

This position is limited to the project duration specified.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.


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