Scientific Project Officer

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Contract Duration: 6 months

Job Description
The EMBL-EBI Training team is looking for an enthusiastic science communicator to contribute to the team’s European training projects. This role will focus on communication, social media presence, as well as event and project management support. You will primarily work on the following EU-funded projects: BioExcel CoE and CORBEL. This position is an excellent opportunity to further develop your science communication skills and gain social media experience in an international setting. The training team is part of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) which is located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

Your responsibilities will cover the following major areas:

Social media community building

  • Posting tweets on a daily basis and using tools like TweetDeck or Hootsuite to schedule tweets over weekends and holidays
  • Increasing engagement with our Twitter community and increasing the number of followers by following and engaging with influencers
  • Monitoring and replying to twitter conversations and relevant topics (molecular dynamics, GROMACS, workflows, European Research Infrastructures #EU_RIs)
  • Posting updates to the BioExcel company LinkedIn account
  • Working with the training liaison officer to implement channel-specific campaigns (e.g. for the BioExcel Knowledge Resource Centre)
  • Monitoring social media analytics


  • Liaising with members of the project to turn recent project presentations into a series of tweets and LinkedIn updates.
  • Securing and liaising with webinar speakers.
  • Planning mini-campaigns to promote project events and services.
  • Generating and editing text for the project websites.
  • Searching for relevant training resources to be added to the BioExcel Knowledge Resource Centre, and curating existing content

Project & event management

  • Contributing to project reports (EU deliverables, periodic reports)
  • Providing event management support (e.g. communicate with speakers, attendees & suppliers)

Qualifications and Experience
You are likely to be a life-science graduate (or graduate from another scientific, technical or engineering discipline) with a keen interest in, and some experience of, science communication. You might, for example, have an undergraduate degree in a scientific subject and a Master’s degree in science communication. A higher qualification such as a PhD would be an asset but is not essential.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Scientific background
  • An interest in marketing, communications and social media
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and work independently
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Ability to pick up new skills quickly
  • Experience of contributing to outreach and communications including the creation of web content, social media, mailing lists and newsletters.

The following personal skills are essential for this role:

  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and collaborate effectively
  • Have an enthusiasm for science communication
  • Work to a high level of accuracy, attention to detail and sensitivity to ethical and societal considerations
  • Have a flexible approach, self-motivation and resilience
  • Organize your workload and meet deadline

Application Instructions
To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

Any questions, please contact Vera Matser -

Additional Information
We are looking to cover a 39 hour working week – Monday to Friday, it is important that you indicate on your application any commitments we should be aware of during your time at EMBL-EBI.

You need to be available to as soon as possible.

Applications are welcome from all nationalities.

Share this job
  Share by Email   Print this job   More sharing options
We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Advert information


South East England

* Salary has been converted at the prevailing rate on the date placed