ELIXIR-UK Community Engagement Officer
Post Details
Job Title
ELIXIR-UK Community Engagement Officer
Post Number
1004333
Closing Date
19 Oct 2022
Grade
SC6
Starting Salary
£33,050 - £40,750
Hours per week
37
Project Title
ELIXIR-UK Node Coordination Office
Months Duration
24

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

ELIXIR is an intergovernmental organisation that brings together life science resources from across Europe, supporting life science research and its translation to medicine, environment, the bio-industries and society. ELIXIR is organised by a coordinating Hub and Nodes in each member country, bringing together over 230+ research performing organisations. The ELIXIR-UK Community Engagement Officer will engage with the life science community in the UK and abroad to promote the work of ELIXIR-UK, the UK Node of ELIXIR.

Their main responsibilities will include:

•Engage with the researchers working at the ELIXIR-UK member organisations.
•Attend meetings and conferences to promote ELIXIR-UK and identify key stakeholders who can help to guide and inform the work of ELIXIR-UK.
•Identify and engage with potential new services and member organisations for ELIXIR-UK.
•Help to build and develop ELIXIR-UK communities.
•Proactively update the ELIXIR-UK website and social media channels to ensure they are kept current with engaging content.

Key Relationships

Report to: The ELIXIR-UK Technical Coordinator

Internal: Earlham Institute Executive Team, Senior Management Team, and Faculty and Operational Groups. ELIXIR-UK Joint Head of Node, Project Manager, and Technical Coordinator.

External: ELIXIR-UK Management and Steering Committees. Close interactions with the other member organisations of ELIXIR-UK, Universities and other partners. ELIXIR Hub in Hinxton, and other ELIXIR Nodes across Europe. ELIXIR-UK funders.

The Community Engagement Officer will be a key member of the ELIXIR-UK Team with a central role in raising awareness of the Node’s work, impact, and activities through online content and public engagement activity. They will interact with all working groups and individuals throughout the Node.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Increase awareness of the ELIXIR-UK Mission by attending and presenting at UK meetings and conferences.
Development of new node activities, such as:
• Developing community engagement with the UK bioinformatics community.
• Developing new communities from the wider UK community, around strategic areas relevant to future resource development.
Represent ELIXIR-UK and the Earlham Institute at relevant ELIXIR-wide activities, such as work package meetings and workshops.
Identifying funding opportunities for the Node.
Maintain and create content for News, Website, Social Channels such as Twitter and Linked-In.
Support development of brand materials through content generation and creative work, including newsletters, posters, social media content/design, multimedia and graphic design.
Assist in marketing ELIXIR-UK-led events, such as conferences, open days, and similar opportunities.
Write case studies on how ELIXIR-UK work is helping to address specific challenges, as well as ‘big picture’ impact stories.
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the role.

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
Degree or equivalent in a relevant subject
Essential
PhD or equivalent in a relevant subject
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Knowledge in content generation and copy writing for a range of audiences
Essential
Knowledge of genomics bioinformatics/computational science and perspective on the technological opportunities for growth in these areas.
Essential
Pragmatic and analytical approach to problem solving
Essential
Ability to innovate and generate creative solutions to practical challenges
Essential
Ability to prioritise and manage workloads, delivering to tight deadlines
Essential
Ability to assimilate complex information and communicate key messages to non-scientific colleagues
Essential
Excellent spoken and written English skills
Essential
Knowledge of ELIXIR and ELIXIR-UK
Desirable
Experience of delivering on an area of strategy.
Desirable
Familiarity with content management platforms and publishing tools
Desirable
High levels of computer literacy to include Google Drive, MS Office, PowerPoint.
Desirable
Demonstrable knowledge of Research Council strategy and processes.
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 working with a broad range of stakeholders
Essential
Experience in communicating complex scientific ideas to different target audiences, ranging from scientists to the general public
Essential
Demonstrable experience in delivering science communications and public engagement across different channels
Desirable
Experience in an administrative or project management role.
Desirable
Web design and experience of using associated technologies (e.g. WordPress)
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 staff.
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
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well as part of a team
Essential
Good communication skills, both written and verbal
Essential
Effective negotiating and influencing skills enabling development of consensus in a heterogeneous community of researchers.
Desirable

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Attention to detail
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Willingness to travel to international and national events (ocassional)
Essential
Demonstrable ability to represent professionally and at an appropriate level to the ELIXIR- UK community.
Essential
Demonstrates support for the objectives of ELIXIR and the mission and objectives of ELIXIR-UK.
Essential
Promote the Earlham Institute’s core values of equality, diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility
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 life science researchers. The post holder will be responsible for engaging and expanding 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.

The Earlham Institute (EI) is the lead organisation of ELIXIR-UK and 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 close to Norwich. 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 Office at the Earlham Institute, based in Norwich, UK.

Background:

The Earlham Institute (EI) is the lead organisation of ELIXIR-UK and 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 close to Norwich. The Earlham Institute 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.

The role:

The Community Engagement Officer will be responsible for engaging and expanding 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.

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate will have a degree or equivalent in a relevant subject and knowledge of genomics bioinformatics/computational science and perspective on the technological opportunities for growth in these areas. They will have the ability to innovate and generate creative solutions to practical challenges and will be able to prioritise and manage workloads, delivering to tight deadlines.

Experience of a productive research activity in an area relevant to ELIXIR-UK or leading a policy initiative is essential, as is working with a broad range of stakeholders.

They will have specific skills in content generation and copy writing for a range of audiences

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 staff, with the ability to develop and maintain effective trusted relationships with key stakeholders.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £33,050 to £40,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a full-time post for a contract of 24 months.

Please note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide 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 19 October 2022.