International Relations Officer (2 positions)

Key information

  • Location: EMBL Heidelberg
  • Staff category: Staff Member
  • Job type: Administration
  • Contract duration: 3 years
  • Grading: 4, 5 or 6
  • Closing date: 20 January 2021
  • Reference number: HD01889

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About this position

EMBL is one of the world’s leading research institutions, and Europe’s flagship life sciences organisation. An intergovernmental organisation of 27 member states, EMBL operates sites in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom, and provides life science training and service programmes globally.


We are seeking two International Relations Officers to join the International Relations Team at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory located in Heidelberg, Germany. The International Relations Team is a busy central unit responsible for strategically managing relations with EMBL member states and other major government and political stakeholders. The Team also works with partners in other International Research Organizations to build broad alliances and coalitions in support of science and the scientific endeavor.


The International Relations Officer will report to the Head of International Relations. The post holder will work with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. She/he will provide clear, concise and timely written and oral communication, examine options, identify risks and solutions, prioritize and propose a way forward in member state relations.

Your role

  • Contribute to the development, delivery and coordination of engagement strategies and activities in and with EMBL’s member states.
  • Monitor and analyze political and science policy developments in the EMBL member states, in Europe and globally, and make recommendations for actions to the Head of International Relations.
  • Support the effective promotion of EMBL’s Member State value to relevant stakeholders, including national Ministries, government agencies, science networks and research institutes.
  • Related to the above, assemble briefing materials, organize meetings and visits, prepare presentations, speaking points, reports, MoUs and documents as necessary.
  • Support the International Relations Team in the implementation of any other relevant tasks.

You have

You hold an advanced university degree in international relations, political or social sciences and 3-5 years of work experience. The successful candidate has a strategic and analytical mind-set and ability to prepare high quality briefings and reports. She/he has the capacity to adapt to the dynamic nature of the job and is experienced in dealing successfully and positively with a wide variety of internal and external relationships.

The position requires outstanding interpersonal and organisational skills, good attention to detail, ability to work both independently and as part of team, and commitment to meet deadlines. Excellent command of written and spoken English is essential.

Knowledge of contemporary science policy issues and experience in government and/or political setting is highly desirable.

You might also have

Track record of influencing policy on a national level and a network of contacts in EMBL member states – and in particular in EMBL’s host countries of Germany, France, Spain or Italy - is a strong advantage.

Knowledge of at least two additional European languages (especially German, French or Spanish) is advantageous.

Why join us

You have a passion for international relations and would like to work at a world-leading institution focused on delivering scientific knowledge and solutions to the next generations? Join our international, friendly and committed team at EMBL.

What else you need to know

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

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