Scientific Training Officer, single-cell RNA-seq

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European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
Training is a core activity across the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK), involving almost every part of the organisation and coordinated by a team of 21 people. The Training Team delivers a world-recognised programme that encompasses face-to-face and online learning, training trainers and secondments. Scientific Training Officers and Systems Administrators work with the Scientific Training Coordinator to produce and deliver scientific course content; Events Organisers work with the Events Manager to organise course logistics, and Project Managers work with the Head of Training to deliver innovative projects to build capacity and Infrastructure for Bioinformatics and Data science.

Your role

We have recently been awarded funding by the MRC to develop training, both face-to-face and online, to support researchers generating single-cell RNA sequencing data, especially those wishing to submit their data to the Developmental Cell Atlas and the Human Cell Atlas. The focus of this role is therefore on developing training courses and knowledge-exchange workshops on single-cell RNA sequencing, from management and curation of such data, through to analysis and interpretation. Responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the Training Coordinator and other members of the DCA/HCA consortia to develop and deliver face to face and e-learning training courses at EMBL-EBI. This development involves liaison with researchers and trainers to ensure that course programmes meet the needs of their target audiences. Delivery involves being present throughout the duration of these courses, which involves some work outside of normal office hours.
  • Monitoring and responding to feedback from courses for the purposes of quality control.
  • Contributing to the collection and analysis of training statistics with other colleagues.
  • Working with HCA researchers, the data co-ordination centre, and the Gene Expression team at EMBL-EBI to develop training materials for face-to-face and online delivery.
  • Assisting others to develop their training skills, both within and beyond EMBL-EBI.
  • Working with events organisers to deliver training events and ensure that course information (including web pages) is kept up to date.

You have

You should possess a PhD, and ideally some postdoctoral experience, in the molecular life sciences or a related subject. A teaching or training qualification would be an added bonus but is not essential.

As the training to be developed is focused on single cell RNA sequencing, we would ideally like to recruit an individual who has experience of this technology and / or experience of analysing such data.

In addition to being highly self-motivated, you must have excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills and have the ability to work well as part of a team.

Your ability to work to deadlines is essential. Candidates with a desire to work in an international environment are encouraged to apply, and experience of working with multiple partners from different countries across Europe would be a distinct advantage.

You might also have

Good working knowledge of multiple operating systems would be advantageous; experience of programming is not necessary although could be an asset.

Why join EMBL-EBI

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 22 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world. EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation. For more information about pay and benefits click here

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

What else do I need to know

The post reports to the Training Coordinator. It involves substantial autonomy and requires extensive interactions with others at and beyond EMBL-EBI. The role may involve European travel.

To view a copy of the full job description please click here To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through the online system.

Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

This position is limited to the project duration specified.
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 2 years
Grading: 5 or 6 (depending on experience)
Closing Date: 21 January 2019, at 23:00 GMT
Reference Number: EBI01329