- Job Title
- ELIXIR-UK Community Engagement Officer
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 17 Jun 2020
- Starting Salary
- £31,625 - £38,575
- Hours per week
- Expected/Ideal Start Date
- 13 Jul 2020
- Months Duration
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.
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
Education & Qualifications
- BSc or equivalent in a relevant subject
- PhD or equivalent in a relevant subject
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Knowledge of genomics bioinformatics/computational science and perspective on the technological opportunities for growth in these areas
- Demonstrable knowledge of Research Council strategy and processes
- Knowledge of ELIXIR and ELIXIR-UK
- Significant experience of delivering on an area of strategy
- Experience of a productive research activity in an area relevant to ELIXIR-UK or leading a policy initiative
- Experience of managing performance and delivering against strategic objectives
- Experience of formulating science strategy
- Experience of managing a network and leading strategy
- Significant experience of productive research activity in an area relevant to ELIXIR-UK
- Experience of establishing a new area of activity
- Experience in an administrative or project management role
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- Ability to interact confidently with senior members of the UK and European academic communities, senior management at ELIXIR and Senior Research Council
- Ability to quickly develop and maintain effective trusted relationships with key stakeholders
- Effective in presenting to small or large groups with varied backgrounds
- Ability to undertake negotiations
- Effective negotiating and influencing skills enabling development of consensus in a heterogeneous community of researchers
- Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well as part of a team
- Good communication skills, both written and verbal
- Attention to detail
- Promotes equality and values diversity
- Willingness to travel abroad and be away from home for short periods
- Demonstrable ability to represent professionally and at an appropriate level the UK ELIXIR community
- Demonstrates support for the objectives of ELIXIR and the mission and objectives of ELIXIR-UK
- Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
- Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
- Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
- Active participation in the ELIXIR-UK community
Who We Are
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.
ELIXIR-UK Co-ordination Office
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.
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.
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 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.
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, applicants must already have the right to work in the UK.
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 17 June 2020.