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Researcher Engagement Coordinator

Salary in the region of £35,721 to £43,223 depending on experience per annum plus benefits 

3 year fixed term in the first instance

A brand new and exciting opportunity has arisen to join our dynamic Public Engagement team dedicated to inspiring new thinking, sparking conversation and supporting learning around genomic science and its applications.

You will lead the shaping and delivering of our growing programme of training and support activity across our Campus which plays home to the world-leading Wellcome Sanger Institute and EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute. You will also encompass our work to promote and embed a culture of engaged and responsible research and innovation (RRI) across our campus. In particular relevance to this, you will support our work within NUCLEUS - a European Commission supported project exploring practical implementation of RRI policies in research organisations, in Europe and beyond.

You will work closely with the wider public engagement team. There will also be strong cross working with companion teams across the Campus, whose roles cover training, research support, policy and communications.

This is a challenging and rewarding role, being at the heart of an energetic and visionary research campus. There will be plenty of scope for personal and professional development within the role.

You will have a first degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) or a field related to public engagement, impact or policy, and have a consistent track record of stakeholder and/or public engagement activities. Experience of working within busy research communities on projects of change would be valuable, as would implementation of support structures or interventions in researcher training and development.

Informal enquiries in regards to this job opportunity should be directed to Kenneth Skeldon, Head of Public Engagement kenneth.skeldon@wellcomegenomecampus.org or Steve Scott, Senior Public Engagement Coordinator steve.scott@wellcomegenomecampus.org. 

Job Reference
82880

Essential Skills

  • First degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) or Public Engagement related field 
  • Established track record of communication of scientific concepts with varied public audiences 
  • High-level interpersonal skills and ability to work within small and large teams 
  • Experience of working in an academic and/or research environment 
  • Flexibility in working style and practice including working for short periods away 
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends 
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills 
  • Ability to communicate with internal stakeholders, from senior academics to support staff, with tact and diplomacy 
  • Experience with basic computer software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint 
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise workloads 
  • Ability to solve problems and resolve day-to-day conflicts with respect to delivery of activity 
  • Good attention to detail and ability to develop risk assessments and contingency plans 
  • Experience of evaluating activities 

Ideal Skills

  • Experience with international networks or consortia 
  • Examples of direct involvement in research and/or its communication with external audiences 
  • Engagement with policy makers or think tanks 
  • Experience of the higher education impact agenda or research excellence framework 
  • Membership, or activity in, science engagement or professional networks 
  • Previous experience of project management or coordination 

Other information

Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science works closely with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and other organisations on the Campus, to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on health, research and society. Our mission is to inspire new thinking around genomics, spark conversation and support learning by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on Campus. The Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre plays a key role in delivering the mission of Connecting Science. It provides a purpose-built venue for meetings, educational and cultural events and knowledge sharing, primarily within the research community.

Our Campus: Set over 125 acres, the stunning and dynamic Wellcome Genome Campus is the biggest aggregate concentration of people in the world working on the common theme of Genomes and BioData. It brings together a diverse and exceptional scientific community, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.  

The Campus is a community of organisations working in genomic research, enterprise, education and discourse. It is home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, including the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute which is the largest organisation on Campus, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Open Targets and Genomics England.  Also located here is Connecting Science - its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus.

Genome Research Limited is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to gender equality and promoting women’s careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. We will consider all qualified applicants without discrimination on grounds of disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please submit a cover letter with your CV and application. 

Closing Date: 29th May 2018