Pan African Bioinformatics Network for H3Africa

Overseas Courses Development Officer - Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated individual to assist the Head of Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences (ACSC) in developing the Programme’s portfolio of overseas postgraduate-level courses in genomics.  Responsible for developing links with networks and centres in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), you will work with regional scientists, clinical staff and world-wide instructors to assess training requirements and develop local capacity building in genomics.

The successful post-holder will manage a portfolio of courses in these regions, within budget, and take overall responsibility for each event. This will include working with instructors and local collaborators to ensure events are delivered to a high standard, trouble-shooting, and complying with health and safety policy. Working as part of a small team, you will act as the Programme’s representative overseas and promote the Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences to regional scientific and clinical communities.

Building long-term relationships and collaborations is essential to this exciting and rewarding opportunity, and the role requires the post-holder to travel frequently (for up to 10 days at a time) and work flexible hours.

Essential Skills:

  •     Educated to PhD level in biomedicine, preferably in genomics and/or infectious disease
  •     Extensive experience in laboratory work
  •     Experience of working in LMICs
  •     Excellent communication, networking and negotiation skills
  •     Ability to develop good working relationships with people at all levels
  •     Self-motivated and responsible
  •     Methodical and well-organised approach to work
  •     Multi-tasking skills
  •     Ability to cope with pressure and meet tight deadlines
  •     Ability to work as part of a team within a defined organisational structure
  •     Availability to travel frequently (for up to 10 days at a time) and work flexible hours

 Ideal Skills:

 Experience within a scientific training environment is highly desirable

Other information:

The Wellcome Genome Campus is home to some of the world’s foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology. We bring together a diverse and exceptional scientific community in a culture and environment that fosters creativity and rewards bold, ambitious thinking. We are committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

The Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences programme develops and delivers postgraduate training and meetings focussed on research and the clinical applications of genomics in human and infectious disease. Working with internationally-renowned scientists and clinicians we aim to deliver events that educate, inspire, and transform careers. The overseas courses are developed closely with regional centres and networks to provide capacity building in low- and middle-income countries, training scientists and clinical staff as well as the next generation of instructors. Wholly funded by Wellcome, we also collaborate closely with scientists from the Campus at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is one of the world's leading genome centres.

Through its ability to conduct research at scale, it is able to engage in bold and long term exploratory projects that are designed to influence and empower medical science globally. Institute research findings generated through its own research programmes and through its leadership role in international consortia, are being used to develop new diagnostics and treatments for human disease.

The EMBL-EBI, part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, realises the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by exploiting complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Biological data is made freely available to the scientific community via a range of services, tools and training; basic research complimenting the data resources contributes to the advancement of biology.

Wellcome is a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. We provide more than £700 million a year to support bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

Closing date: 29th November 2016, however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.

The original call and application page can be accessed here.