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Public Engagement-Administration and Events Officer (Maternity Cover)


Connecting Science




Salary range £26,000 to £31,000 per annum depending on experience plus excellent benefits.

Fixed Term-Maternity Cover.

Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science is looking for an enthusiastic Administration and Events Officer to join our dynamic Public Engagement team.

Reporting to the Head of Public Engagement, you will handle the Public Engagement events calendar while taking responsibility for the organisation of some flagship event projects, including our European Researchers’ Night (LifeLab) and Café Sci Cambridge.

As well as providing support to the Head of Public Engagement and wider team, you will act as the first point of contact for the many and varied enquiries coming from a range of communities and partners. Your role will also include the organising of schedules for public and schools groups and liaising with key partners to ensure the successful delivery of our growing calendar of exciting events.

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Essential Skills


  • Experience of administrative support across a broad range of activities and groups 
  • Events planning and delivery experience
  • Effective working within a team 
  • Computer literacy with Word and Excel
  • Experience of financial accounting systems
  • Flexibility in working style and practice 
  • Excellent organisational skills 
  • High-level interpersonal skills and record of communicating with tact and diplomacy across a wide range of individuals (e.g. academic staff, students, members of the public) 
  • Ability to multi-task and plan workloads 
  • Ability to solve problems and resolve day-to-day conflicts, including when to ask for support and guidance 
  • Good attention to detail with a high level of accuracy 
  • Preparedness to work outside normal hours and ability to operate effectively within set deadlines 

Ideal Skills

  • Experience of a research or academic environment 
  • Proven record of larger scale event or project management 
  • Sponsorship and fundraising experience 
  • Qualification in an events or project related management area 

Other information

Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement supports sharing and discussion of the pioneering science that takes place on the Campus. We do this through a range of live and digital experiences, working with collaborators across research, education and culture. Our aim is to share ideas with diverse audiences and foster a community of engaged researchers.

Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement is part of Connecting Science.

Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science’s mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society. We connect researchers, health professionals and the wider public, creating opportunities and spaces to explore genomic science and its impact on people. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation, supports learning and measures attitudes, drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Wellcome Genome Campus.

Our Campus: Set over 125 acresthe 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. It is home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, including the Wellcome Sanger Institute which is the largest organisation on Campus, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Open Targets and Genomics England.

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.

Our Benefits include: Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection, Healthcare scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Workplace Nursery and 25 days Annual Leave, increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 30, plus Bank Holidays. We also have a gym, two cafes, dining facilities, and a free campus bus service. Our thriving Sports and Social Club provides many opportunities to meet with people working across the campus.

We welcome applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

Please include a cover letter alongside your CV, explaining your suitability to the role. 

Closing date for applications: 23rd  November 2018, however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.