Ensembl Outreach Officer

We’re looking for a biologist to join our Outreach team, delivering training and help on Ensembl. We’re looking for a background in molecular biology with experience communicating with other scientists in different formats. Closes 5th June.

Location: EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 5 (monthly salary starting at £2,552 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here.
Closing Date: 5th June 2018
Reference Number: EBI_01218

Job Description

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking an enthusiastic biologist to join Ensembl outreach, an energetic group responsible for training and supporting our users from experimental laboratory scientists to bioinformaticians. Other tasks include disseminating project information and contributing to website usability. Ensembl outreach is part of the Genomics Technology Infrastructure team and is part of a larger outreach effort that supports several resources including Ensembl, Ensembl Genomes and the International Genome Sample Resource (IGSR).

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Planning and delivering training workshops on our website, tools and APIs; involving public presentations and extensive worldwide travel
  • Creating and maintaining documentation and e-learning materials
  • Direct support of user queries via email and RT (Request Tracker) including website, data and API support
  • Disseminating of key developments via social media
  • Feedback to development teams
  • Supporting usability testing and web design

You will also work with EMBL-EBI’s general Outreach and Training Team (OTT) and will report to the Ensembl Outreach Project Leader.

EMBL-EBI, part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community, with expertise in in data storage, analysis and representation. The Ensembl and Ensembl Genomes teams develop free, comprehensive genome data services for a worldwide audience.

We are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 24 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

Qualifications and Experience

You should have a background in molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics or a related field; a PhD or equivalent experience would be highly advantageous.

You must have excellent communication skills, both written and spoken, allowing him/her to communicate easily with a variety of scientists. You should also work well as a part of a team and should be comfortable delivering presentations and workshops at scientific institutes worldwide. The candidate should be familiar with commonly used bioinformatics resources and tools.

An ideal candidate must be highly self-motivated and be able to work independently. They are expected to have excellent English communication skills, written and verbal, both to facilitate effective communications with other team members and to communicate with external collaborators and users. They must also have an attention to detail, be capable of delivering to deadlines, able to delegate and prioritise tasks.

An understanding of UNIX/Linux is helpful. Previous experience with a programming language (e.g. Python, Perl or R) and working with relational databases would be beneficial. In addition, prior experience of bioinformatics analysis methods would be useful.


EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

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.

Application Instructions

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

Please describe in your application any experience you have with outreach activities.

Additional Information

Applications are welcome from all nationalities – 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.

The initial contract is for a period of three years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.

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

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