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ELIXIR Legal Officer

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) - ELIXIR

About the team/job

ELIXIR is an international Consortium of currently 21 countries and one Intergovernmental Organisation.  The ELIXIR Hub is ELIXIR’s administrative unit located near Cambridge in the UK and currently counts 30 international staff members. The unit “Legal Services” is responsible for all legal matters involving ELIXIR. ELIXIR is a young infrastructure that offers and maintains a vibrant, cooperative, team-oriented, gender-balanced and open working atmosphere. Although already 5 years old it still offers many opportunities to help establish structures or to improve existing ones.

Your role

Reporting to the Principal Legal Adviser at the ELIXIR Hub the ELIXIR Legal Officer will fill an exciting new role that has been established to support the Principal Legal Adviser. You will help improve collaboration between Legal Services, Project Management Unit and Operation and Administration by establishing procedures, workflows and templates. In order to do so, you will support the Principal Legal Adviser with the following tasks and use the experience gained to build a proposal for improvement:

  • ELIXIR’s involvement in European research grants – drafting, reviewing and negotiating consortia agreements involving other beneficiaries and funding agencies, as well as third party and subcontracting agreements. The incumbent is required to work together with the ELIXIR Project Management Unit as well as colleagues at ELIXIR’s host organisation, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, including e.g. the Legal Services.
  • ELIXIR’s own funding scheme covering ELIXIR’s internal project portfolio (Commissioned Services) – quality assurance of internal funding decisions in accordance with the General Guidelines for Implementation of ELIXIR Commissioned Services; reviewing ELIXIR’s contract templates and supporting the transfer to an award scheme; covering other legal questions arising in the context of Commissioned Services.
  • Data protection - help establish operational procedures to ensure data protection compliance. The incumbent is required to work together with colleagues in Administration and Operations as well as the EMBL Data Protection Officer.
  • Data management – support establishing a data management system for ELIXIR Hub internal (sensitive) data and to facilitate access by relevant colleagues.
  • This is a great opportunity to gain or strengthen professional experience in an intergovernmental (research) organisation and to get involved in a wide variety of legal matters and to perform a broad range of legal work, including research, drafting, negotiations, etc. 

You have

  • It is likely that you will have an advanced university degree in law demonstrating an international focus in your academic career, and ideally 3 years of professional experience. 
  • Your academic and professional background should demonstrate exposure to the international public sphere, preferably by working in another International Organisation, or alternatively from another organisation engaged in research. 
  • Excellent English legal drafting skills are required. The legal areas to be covered and which you ideally should have a combined experience in include, International Public and Private Law.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to identify potential risks and problems and offer pragmatic options for solutions.
  • The ability to work in a multicultural environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. 
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail is very important.
  • Excellent communication skills in English are mandatory.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office is essential.

You might also have

  • Experience with European or national data protection law
  • Experience gained in relation to third party funding and/or data protection 
  • Law degrees from and admission to the bar 
  • Working knowledge of French, German, Italian and/or Spanish - especially gained in a legal working environment 

Why join us

Do something meaningful
ELIXIR unites Europe’s leading life science organisations in managing and safeguarding the increasing volume of data being generated by publicly funded research. It coordinates, integrates and sustains bioinformatics resources across its member states and enables users in academia and industry to access services that are vital for their research.

Join a culture of innovation
We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus, alongside other prominent research and biotech organisations, and surrounded by beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. This is a highly collaborative and inclusive community where our employees enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. We are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their professional potential. 

Enjoy lots of benefits:

  • Financial incentives: Monthly family, child and non-resident allowances, annual salary review, pension scheme, death benefit, long-term care, accident-at-work and unemployment insurances
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover)
  • Generous time off: 30 days annual leave per year, in addition to eight bank holidays
  • Relocation package including installation grant (if required)
  • Campus life: Free shuttle bus to and from work, on-site library, subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria, casual dress code, extensive sports and social club activities (on campus and remotely)
  • Family benefits: On-site nursery, 10 days of child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances
  • Benefits for non-UK residents: Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance.

For more details please see our employee benefits page.

What else you need to know

  • Contract duration: This position is a 3 year contract, renewable to a maximum of 9 years. 
  • International applicants: We recruit internationally and successful candidates are offered visa exemptions. Read more on our page for international applicants
  • Diversity and inclusion: At EMBL-EBI, we strongly believe that inclusive and diverse teams benefit from higher levels of innovation and creative thought. We encourage applications from women, LGBTQ+ and individuals from all nationalities. 
  • Job location: This role is based in Hinxton, UK and you will be required to relocate once it is safe to do so, if you are currently based abroad. Read more about how we are recruiting during the pandemic
  • How to apply: To apply please submit a cover letter and a CV through our online system. We aim to provide a response within two weeks after the closing date: 18th August 2021.
Location: Hinxton
Salary: Administrative Officer (gr. 4-6)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd July 2021
Closes: 18th August 2021
Job Ref: EX00022
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