ELIXIR-UK Community Engagement Officer

Salary range: £33,050 - £40,750
Post no. 1004333
Contract length: 24 months
Department: ELIXIR-UK
Opening date: 22 September 2022
Closing date: 19 October 2022

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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.


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.