Equality and Diversity Officer


Key information

  • Location: EMBL Heidelberg
  • Staff category: Supernumerary - Administrative and support
  • Contract duration: 8-9 months
  • Grading: 4 or 5; depending on experience and qualifications
  • Closing date: 9 July 2020
  • Reference number: HD01770

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About this position

EMBL is committed to effectively promote a work environment free from discrimination, based on diversity, equality and inclusivity values. We want to address and challenge preconceptions, and inspire staff of all backgrounds at different stages in their careers, removing impediments to equality and career progression.

Your role

EMBL is seeking an Equality and Diversity Officer, to develop and embed plans, policies and practices that will bring improved equality and diversity to EMBL. In this role, you will work closely with leadership and staff at Heidelberg and in EMBL’s other sites, coordinating activities and extending pilot projects. You will also network outside of EMBL, attending conferences and events to bring existing best practice in the area of equality and diversity into EMBL.

Reporting to the Chair of EMBL´s Equality and Diversity Committee, you will work closely with the Equality and Diversity Officer based at EMBL-EBI in Hinxton.  You will be part of EMBL’s Equality and Diversity Committee, convening and minuting meetings and coordinating the activities of its working groups. In addition, you will implement the activities of the equality and diversity Strategy which will establish a clear direction and actions to bring about change.

You will work very closely with the Chair of the Equality and Diversity committee on helping to fulfil its goals, and widely with other colleagues across the organisation’s sites.

You have

Diversity, with good strategic vision, able to implement an equality and diversity Strategy. You are an enthusiastic self-starter with the flexibility to adapt to the ever-changing equality and diversity landscape and to take on new tasks as and when they occur.

You will have the following experience and skills:

  • Educated to degree level
  • First experience of working in the field of Equality and Diversity with an intersectional approach
  • Possessing an insatiable interest in developments in the field of Equality and Diversity in relation to intersectionality
  • Numerate and possessing strong skills in the use of Excel and the presentation of data and statistics
  • Well organised, self-starting and focussed on delivery of key tasks
  • Confident to engage with Faculty, leadership, staff and stakeholders
  • Good writing skills for the production of reports
  • Good presentation skills
  • Fluent written and spoken English

You might also have

  • Experience working internationally is desirable, though not required

Why join us

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. Remuneration comprises a competitive tax free salary and benefits from the German Social Security Scheme.

What else you need to know

We are Europe’s flagship research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1700 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

This position is a replacement for maternity and parental leave.

Full-time or part-time arrangements and remote work from home are possible.

In case of questions please feel free to contact us via recruitment@embl.org.


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