ELIXIR-UK Community Engagement Officer
Post Details
Job Title
ELIXIR-UK Community Engagement Officer
Post Number
1003870
Closing Date
12 Apr 2020
Grade
SC6
Starting Salary
£31,625 - £38,575
Hours per week
37
Expected/Ideal Start Date
20 Apr 2020
Months Duration
12

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

The ELIXIR Community Engagement Officer will engage with the UK bioinformatics and the wider bioscience community to promote the work of the ELIXIR-UK node. They will attend meetings and conferences to promote ELIXIR and identify key stakeholders who can help to guide and inform the work of ELIXIR-UK. Identify and engage with potential new ELIXIR services and member organisations and build ELIXIR-UK communities. They will work with the ELIXIR communications team to develop promotional material and with the Node Coordinator to develop content for the ELIXIR-UK website.

Key Relationships

Report to: Director of Institute and Joint Head of ELIXIR-UK Nodes
External: ELIXIR Hub in Hinxton, and Europe. Close interactions with other main sites involved in ELIXIR-UK, Universities and other ELIXIR partners.
Internal: Executive Team, Senior Management Team and EI Faculty and Operational Groups and ELIXIR Coordination Project Manager and Technical Coordinator.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Increase awareness of ELIXIR-UK mission by attending and presenting at UK conferences
Development of new node activities, such as:
a.     Widening of resource contributions to ELIXIR,
b.     Developing community engagement with the UK bioinformatics community,
c.     Developing new communities, from the wider UK community, around strategic areas relevant to future resource development.
Ensure compliance with the ELIXIR-UK Collaboration Agreement and Node consortium agreement
Build strong relationships with and manage the interactions with the Hub on behalf of the Node, both strategic and mandatory (from the obligations under the Collaboration Agreement)
Represent ELIXIR-UK and EI at relevant ELIXIR-wide activities, such as work package meetings and workshops
Identify funding opportunities for the Node and lead funding applications
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
PhD or equivalent in a relevant subject
Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Knowledge of genomics bioinformatics/computational science and perspective on the technological opportunities for growth in these areas
Essential
Demonstrable knowledge of Research Council strategy and processes
Essential
Knowledge of ELIXIR and ELIXIR-UK
Desirable
Significant experience of delivering on an area of strategy
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Experience of a productive research activity in an area relevant to ELIXIR-UK or leading a policy initiative
Essential
Experience of managing performance and delivering against strategic objectives
Essential
Experience of formulating science strategy
Essential
Experience of managing a network and leading strategy
Essential
Significant experience of productive research activity in an area relevant to ELIXIR-UK
Desirable
Experience of establishing a new area of activity
Desirable
Experience in an administrative or project management role
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Ability to interact confidently with senior members of the UK and European academic communities, senior management at ELIXIR and Senior Research Council
Essential
Ability to quickly develop and maintain effective trusted relationships with key stakeholders
Essential
Effective in presenting to small or large groups with varied backgrounds
Essential
Ability to undertake negotiations
Essential
Effective negotiating and influencing skills enabling development of consensus in a heterogeneous community of researchers
Essential
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well as part of a team
Essential
Good communication skills, both written and verbal
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Attention to detail
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Willingness to travel abroad and be away from home for short periods
Essential
Demonstrable ability to represent professionally and at an appropriate level the UK ELIXIR community
Essential
Demonstrates support for the objectives of ELIXIR and the mission and objectives of ELIXIR-UK
Essential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
Essential
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
Essential
Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
Essential
Active participation in the ELIXIR-UK community
Desirable

Who We Are

Earlham Institute

Earlham Institute is a vibrant, contemporary research institute and registered charity, working in an area of rapid technological development and innovation.

Earlham Institute is strategically funded by the BBSRC to lead the development of a skill base in bioinformatics and a genomics technology platform for UK bioscience. The Institute is located on the Norwich Research Park, together with its partners: the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The research park has an excellent reputation for research in plant and microbial sciences, interdisciplinary environmental science and food, diet and health, to which Earlham Institute contributes strengths in genomics and bioinformatics. Close links exist between the NRP partners and new opportunities for collaboration in exciting new initiatives are under development. The NRP recently received £26M of government investment to facilitate innovation and further develop infrastructure to attract science and technology companies to the Park to enhance the vibrant environment and realise economic impact from research investment.

Earlham Institute is a UK hub for innovative Bioinformatics through research, analysis and interpretation of multiple, complex data sets. It hosts one of the largest computing hardware facilities dedicated to life science research in Europe. This has been boosted recently by an e-Infrastructure grant to expand the data storage capacity to a multi-petabyte unit, deploying a high performance cluster and large-memory server enabling the allocation of processes requiring several terabytes of computing memory.

Earlham Institute’s state of the art DNA sequencing facility operates multiple complementary technologies for data generation that provide the foundation for analyses furthering our fundamental understanding of genomes and how they function. We aim to be at the forefront of technological advances and are developing and implementing technologies to generate and analyse new types of data. We also develop novel platforms to provide access to computational tools and processing capacity for multiple academic and industrial users and promoting applications of computational bioscience. Earlham Institute has one fully owned subsidiary, Genome Enterprise Ltd (GEL) via which it offers genomic and bioinformatics services on a trading basis and works with commercial providers on a partnership basis. Earlham Institute also receives specific funding to enable knowledge exchange programmes which are supported across the institute teams.

Department

ELIXIR-UK Co-ordination Office

Group Details

This role is within ELIXIR-UK, an expanding national community of Bioinformaticians. The post holder will be responsible for the UK’s contribution to ELIXIR, the European Infrastructure for Life Science data. The role involves gaining an overview of ELIXIR-UK’s and ELIXIR’s activities and building and maintaining strong relationships across a range of stakeholders to enable future development of the UK ELIXIR Node, which is regarded as a strategically important activity by the Research Councils.
EI is unique in the UK in combining advanced capabilities in bioinformatics and genomics research. It is based at a dedicated building on the Norwich Research Park. EI and its fellow BBSRC-supported institutes form a vibrant community with a rich mix of staff that provides ample opportunities for skills and knowledge development across the board from computer science and computational biology to wet-lab biology. Development of ELIXIR-UK’s activities at EI will play a key role in establishing EI as an internationally recognised centre for bioinformatics.

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ELIXIR-UK Community Engagement Officer

Applications are invited for an ELIXIR-UK Community Engagement Officer to join the ELIXIR UK Co-ordination Officer at the Earlham Institute, based in Norwich, UK.

Background:

ELIXIR operates across a wide range of life science data from human genomics to large-scale agricultural and environmental data. Its impact will be in the greater availability of this data and its provision in more standardised forms.

This will facilitate basic and applied academic research and industry innovation - from more efficient identification of genes and processes involved in rare diseases to improved crop traits - by linking disparate data from a wide range of sources.

The role:

The ELIXIR-UK Community Engagement Officer will engage with the UK bioinformatics and the wider bioscience community to promote the work of the ELIXIR-UK node. They will attend meetings and conferences to promote ELIXIR and identify key stakeholders who can help to guide and inform the work of ELIXIR-UK.

Identify and engage with potential new ELIXIR services and member organisations and build ELIXIR-UK communities. They will work with the ELIXIR communications team to develop promotional material and with the Node Coordinator to develop content for the ELIXIR-UK website.

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in a relevant subject and knowledge of genomics bioinformatics/computational science and perspective on the technological opportunities for growth in these areas. They will also have demonstrable knowledge of Research Council strategy and processes.

Experience of a productive research activity in an area relevant to ELIXIR-UK or leading a policy initiative is essential, as is experience of managing performance and delivering against strategic objectives.

The post holder will be able to interact confidently with senior members of the UK and European academic communities, senior management at ELIXIR and Senior Research Council and quickly develop and maintain effective trusted relationships with key stakeholders.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,625 to £38,575 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post for a period of 12 months. 

Please note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide Tier 2 visa sponsorship.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

The closing date for applications will be 12 April 2020.