Scientific Training Lead (Grants Programme)
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: Grade 7 or 8 depending on experience (monthly salary starting at £3,577 or £4,103 after tax) plus benefits
Closing Date: 16 January 2022
Reference Number: EBI01910
Training is a core activity across EMBL-EBI, involving almost every part of the organisation and coordinated by a team of ~30 people. The Training Team delivers a world-recognised programme that encompasses courses delivered virtually and face-to-face to a global audience alongside self-paced online learning, up-skilling of trainers and secondments.

The team’s ability to engage with communities of scientists and develop training that fills skills gaps in that community is important to sustain a successful and dynamic training programme at EMBL-EBI. Externally funded projects provide the means to do this, supporting much of the research and development that ultimately shapes EMBL-EBI’s contribution to the EMBL External Training Programme.

Your role

This is an exciting opportunity for a scientific training professional with experience working with international consortia.

Together with another Scientific Training Lead (core programme), you will co-lead a talented group of Scientific Officers (~8 in total), with the primary focus of identifying training needs in the biodata sciences, sourcing funding to fulfil those needs, and contributing to projects that fill identified training gaps.

Interacting closely with stakeholder groups beyond EMBL-EBI, you will have the opportunity to develop new training relevant to EMBL’s strategic goals. A key part of this work is the ongoing development of the competency hub, a web-based tool to support the creation and management of competency frameworks.

Additionally, the role involves:
  • Working closely with the Head of Training to identify and evaluate opportunities to participate in new projects of strategic relevance to EMBL-EBI and its training mission
  • Owning the team’s portfolio of externally funded projects, working with others to proactively seek additional grant funding
  • Overseeing or managing training programmes integral to the projects that you are involved in and contributing to the delivery of training as appropriate.
  • Significant involvement in the recruitment of training staff
  • Keeping up with the latest learning methodologies and how they are applied to professional development in a scientific setting
  • Working with the coordinators of externally funded projects (at EMBL-EBI and elsewhere) to develop project proposals
  • Leadership of training work packages for projects, and allocation of work to other training team members
  • Proactive oversight of progress on milestones, deliverables and adherence to policies
  • Representing EMBL-EBI and its portfolio of training projects internally and externally
  • Overseeing, leading and contributing to the writing of deliverable reports and other publications
  • Working closely with the team’s Finance Officer and EMBL-EBI Grants Office to ensure successful budget forecasting and reporting of spending
  • Proactively seeking and following up on opportunities to exploit synergies between related projects
  • The role normally involves international travel, mainly in Europe.

You have

  • A PhD or equivalent in the field of life-science or another scientific, technical or engineering discipline
  • Experience in developing and delivering advanced training to science professionals, including performing evidence-based needs analyses
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Experience of having applied successfully for grants (not necessarily as the PI) and of delivering your contribution to grant-funded projects
  • Previous line-management experience
  • Professional experience of managing projects in the context of research, technical services provision or professional training, ideally coupled with a working knowledge of how the research infrastructure landscape in Europe works
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and experience of applying these to working effectively with others spanning different cultures, sectors and career stages 
  • A strong service ethic and a professional attitude to internal and external clients and collaborators. 
  • Self-motivation, resilience and flexibility, demonstrated by the ability to independently manage delivery in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative team environment
  • Leadership skills, including the ability to lead others outside of the organisation, convince others and set realistic expectations
  • An aptitude for  accuracy and attention to detail, even when juggling multiple projects
  • A high level of integrity, able to build trust and mutual understanding
  • Good working knowledge of office applications (e.g. Microsoft Office or Google Workspace), and communication tools (email, Slack or equivalent) and a willingness to learn other tools as needed to manage your projects effectively.
  • You will enjoy experiencing new cultures and be prepared to travel internationally and work occasionally outside normal office hours (including weekends when necessary)

You might also have

  • A well-developed network of contacts with experience of working in research infrastructure and scientific service provision
  • A project management qualification or a business degree (e.g. MBA)
  • Experience of using project management tools such as Trello or Jira and/or Agile Project Management methodology
  • Experience in user research, developing surveys, organising interactive workshops and face-to-face consultations
  • Familiarity with tools for managing and monitoring progress on complex projects, such as risk registers, logical frameworks and budget management tools

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 including 17% employer contribution, 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 contract, renewable to a maximum of 9 years. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. We aim to provide a response within two weeks after the closing date- 7th November 2021.