Scientific Writing, Communications and Project Officer

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Last update: Nov 23, 2022 Last update: Nov 23, 2022


Deadline: Dec 31, 2022
Location: Germany Germany
Sectors: Media and Communications, Grants & Grant Schemes Media and Communications, Grants & Grant Schemes
Job type: Contract, 12 months +
English English
Work experience: <1
Date posted: Nov 23, 2022


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The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is a world leader in scientific research and at the forefront in the development of cutting-edge technologies and services to the scientific community.

Eileen Furlong, head of the Genome Biology Dept./Unit, is looking for a highly motivated, dynamic and well-organised individual with a strong scientific background to support her in a variety of scientific and strategic functions to the Furlong lab and the Genome Biology Dept.

The Genome Biology Unit hosts 11 interdisciplinary groups studying the molecular mechanisms by which genetic information is expressed and regulated to yield diverse biological systems and phenotypes. We are involved in many national and international collaborative research initiatives, developing and deploying cutting edge, genome-wide approaches to systematically dissect and model complex processes going from genotype to phenotype. Research in the Furlong lab dissects fundamental principles of genome regulation during embryonic development, focusing on functional and organisational properties of the genome. The rich diversity and research synergy within the department creates a very vibrant and supportive environment within an international community.
Your role

The successful candidate, as a Communications and Project Officer, is expected to support Eileen Furlong in organisation and dissemination of research both within the Furlong group and the Genome Biology department involving the following tasks (but not limited to):

Scientific writing and organisation:

Scouting, preparation and submission of grant applications;
Administration and management of existing grants together with internal (EMBL grants and finance team) and external (scientific collaborators, grant agencies) partners– including preparation and submission of periodic grant reports;
Track, collate and prepare periodic reports of department-wide activities, publications, awards and networks;
Prepare scientific programs for meetings and retreats in co-ordination with the Unit administrator;
Assistance in staff recruitments – applicant screening, interview scheduling.


Co-create scientifically accurate and engaging press releases, news features and website content related to the lab/Unit in co-ordination with EMBL’s communications team;
Prepare high-level slides (Powerpoint/Keynote) for scientific presentations to diverse audiences (at conferences, corporate and general public engagement lectures);
Prepare scientific illustrations for use in presentations, research papers etc (Biorender etc);
Optimize public outreach and the visibility of the Unit via social media (twitter, facebook);
grants, webpages, and press releases.


You have

a Ph.D. in Life sciences is required, with postdoctoral research experience in the general area of the lab’s research (transcriptional regulation, chromatin topology, developmental biology) is desired;
excellent skills in scientific writing targeting specialists is essential and a solid track record (through successful publications and/or grant writing experience, targeting both specialists (detailed level) and generalists (high-level);
outstanding writing and communication skills in English with the ability to communicate complex science in an effective manner to specialists and laymen alike;
a friendly and emphatic personality to work with staff from different EMBL teams;
an ability to multi-task and respond to changing priorities in a goal oriented work environment;
an organized mindset, attention to detail and alertness to deadlines;
an attitude to learn new skills and self-improve.

You might also have

Training and/or experience in scientific project management;
Training and/or demonstrable experience in science communication (oral and/or written);
German is not essential, but would be a plus.

Why join us

This is a fantastic opportunity for committed scientist looking for a career transition from a postdoc into strategic research project management in an excellent research environment. Or for a project officer to change position to support a head of department at a leading research institute. You will have the opportunity to work in a very vibrant research group doing exciting research within a department at the cutting-edge of genomics in a world-renowned research institution. EMBL staff have access to expertly delivered courses for professional development, in addition to the opportunity to learn from peers from our in-house project management networks. You will learn new skills on the job and be supported by relevant EMBL research support teams.

The Furlong group and EMBL are very multi-cultural and offer plenty of platforms for social interaction through the staff association (sports and hobby clubs etc). We are based in Heidelberg – a picturesque historic and international science city in the heart of Europe within easy reach of major international air and rail hubs of Frankfurt, Mannheim and Stuttgart. Both EMBL, and Heidelberg are very family friendly. EMBL has an outstanding day-care on campus, and there are many excellent international schools in Heidelberg.

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, private medical insurance, relocation support, staff training, and other social and financial benefits.
What else you need to know

We are Europe’s flagship research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1600 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

We encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing team – we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and personal experiences reflect the diversity of the populations that our science serves. We actively encourage applications from all genders and cultures, ethnic groups and all demographics to help us avoid perpetuating biases and oversights at this transformational point in our people strategy.

Our mission is to offer vital services in training scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to develop new technologies and instruments in the life sciences, actively engage in technology transfer activities, and to integrate European life science research.

Interviews are planned to take place by video conference on Jan 25th 2023

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed for up to 9 years in total, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

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