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Environmental Officer

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Location: Heidelberg - Germany
Salary: Grade 4, 5 or 6; depending on qualifications and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th September 2019
Closes: 22nd October 2019
Job Ref: HD01629

About the team/job

One of EMBL’s main missions is conducting world class fundamental research in molecular biology, whilst also considering and responding to urgent societal needs such as fighting climate change and environmental pollution. To this end we are committed to face these current challenges not only via basic research but also via environment-conscious scientific lifestyle and campus development.

We aim to achieve this for example by addressing the topic of carbon neutrality and how EMBL can contribute to it. This will result in various initiatives and projects that cover both life on our campuses and fundamental research. In order to develop, implement and communicate these activities we are looking for a highly motivated candidate to join us as Environmental Officer. 

Your role

The EMBL Environmental Officer will develop and coordinate initiatives towards reducing our carbon footprint and facilitating environmental protection at the EMBL campuses in close collaboration with the “Green EMBL” working group. The post holder will:

  • plan, manage and implement various activities towards “Green EMBL” and coordinate between EMBL sites;
  • introduce a new monitoring scheme for air and train travel;
  • develop and update travel recommendations for staff;
  • lead discussions with different EMBL bodies regarding implementation (finance, facility management, canteen, etc.);
  • communicate with, and explain new initiatives to EMBL faculty and staff;
  • organize public awareness events such as the world climate day;
  • initiate, write, and monitor public outreach and press releases on EMBL environmental projects, or achievements;
  • establish and maintain contact to local authorities, governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations to coordinate efforts with other stakeholders;
  • implement environmental policies and practices;
  • devise the best tools and systems to monitor performance and to implement strategies;
  • assess, analyze and collate environmental performance data and report information;
  • liaise with internal staff including senior managers and directors;
  • act as a focal point for environmental issues within the organization;
  • keep up to date with relevant changes in environmental legislation and initiatives including international legislation where applicable. 

You have

  • Academic qualifications in a scientific discipline and/or environmental and sustainability studies
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and networking skills
  • Sufficient knowledge on current environmental topics and scientific and societal challenges around as well as enthusiasm for environmental matters
  • Experience in writing reports, doing presentations and good management and organisational skills
  • Fluency in English 

You might also have

  • Work experience in a scientific environment will be an advantage
  • Being a good community mobilizer, ability to facilitate sessions and good public speaking skills are advantageous

Why join us

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 from a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including your family and the availability of an excellent child care facility on campus.

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