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Job Number: HD02021
Contract Type: Staff Member
Job Function: Administrative Officer (gr. 4-6)
Contract Duration-Length of Time (years/months): 2 years
Advertised Grade-Grading: 5
Closing date: 11 November 2021

About the team/job

The Euro-BioImaging Bio-Hub team hosted by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is seeking a highly motivated international relations professional to manage the Global BioImaging network ( and lead its sustainable development.

Global BioImaging (GBI) is a growing international network of imaging infrastructures and communities, founded in 2015 and coordinated by EMBL. Global BioImaging connects under the same umbrella organization 11 international partners all over the world, representing their respective country or region: Euro-BioImaging ERIC, Japan's Advanced Bioimaging Support, Microscopy Australia, Australia's National Imaging Facility, Mexico's National Laboratory for Advanced Microscopy, South Africa BioImaging, India BioImaging Consortium, Singapore Microscopy Infrastructure Network, BioImaging North America, Canada BioImaging and Latin America Bioimaging. Together, these infrastructures and communities are committed to strengthening bioimaging research globally, via open access to cutting edge instrumentation, training and data as well as by building a strong case towards science funders and stakeholders that imaging technologies and research infrastructures are key for the advancement of the life sciences.

In practice, Global BioImaging provides an international forum for communication, cooperation as well as training in imaging technologies and core facility management. Via its Working Groups, it prepares international recommendations and white papers on topics of key relevance for the bioimaging community at large, such as data management, impact of imaging facilities and quality management. Via its events, it brings the community together and provides a platform for enhanced collaboration while speaking with one voice both towards the scientific community and the policy makers.

Global BioImaging is currently funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) in the framework of its imaging program ( Global BioImaging aims at growing its activities, enlarging its worldwide representation, enhancing its impact and implementing a strategy to put in place a self-sustainable administrative framework within the end of 2023.

Your role

In the framework of Global BioImaging's continuous growth, we are seeking an experienced external relations and project management professional to join the Euro-BioImaging Bio-Hub team at the EMBL in Heidelberg as External Relations Manager for the Global BioImaging network. She/he will work in close collaboration with the international Euro-BioImaging Bio-Hub team and the Global BioImaging partners listed above.

The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Maintaining and strengthening strategic interactions and communication with existing international partners;
  • Expanding relations to communities in other geographical areas and onboarding new partners (e.g., in Africa, Brazil, Chile, Korea, Taiwan);
  • Developing a model for a long-term sustainable Global BioImaging network in close collaboration with our international partners and funders;
  • Exploring sustainable funding mechanisms and routes to support the activities of the Global BioImaging network;
  • Connecting Global BioImaging with other scientific initiatives as well as with political ones, at the aim of increasing the network's visibility and promoting its evolution as a global player in bioimaging research;
  • Reporting results to the Director of the Euro-BioImaging ERIC Bio-Hub as well as to EMBL's leadership.

You have

We are seeking a mature external relations professional, with experience in a high-level scientific environment who is positive, bright, enthusiastic, has a drive for community building in science and knowledge of science policy. The ideal candidate should have:

  • An advanced degree (ideally PhD level) in the life sciences or equivalent;
  • Minimum 2 years of professional experience in project management and governmental, stakeholder and/or industry affairs;
  • Experience in political communication, lobbying, networking and representation, with the ability to move between the scientific and managerial level as well as to interact with critical stakeholders;
  • Strong strategic mindset and the ability to influence decision-making processes;
  • Strong team player with the ability to develop collaborative relationships based on trust and accountability;
  • Experience in funding acquisition and knowledge of science funding mechanisms;
  • Experience external communication activities, marketing and social media management.

A demonstrated understanding of cultural differences and of the working dynamics of international and diverse teams is required. The successful candidate has experience of working in a high-paced professional environment, is a motivated self-starter with a proven ability to manage independently task delivery within a multi-disciplinary team environment. Effective multi-tasking and the ability to work with tight deadlines are also required. A high standard of written and spoken English is mandatory.

You might also have

  • Experience in and/or understanding of research infrastructures is not mandatory but will be an asset.

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 a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits. Excellent child care facility is available on campus.

What else you need to know

We are Europe's flagship research laboratory for the life sciences - an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with approximately 2000 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

Our mission is to offer vital services in training scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences and actively engage in technology transfer activities, and to integrate European life science research.

The working language of the institute is English.

In your online application, you will be asked to include a cover letter, CV and the contact details of 3 referees. Further information about the position can be obtained from Federica Paina (, current Global BioImaging Manager; and Antje Keppler (, Director Euro-BioImaging Bio-Hub.

The initial contract is for a period of two years.

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