Policy Officer

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Short info about job

Company: Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Salary: £24,589 to £30,995 per annum, plus benefits package

Hours: Full Time

Contract type: Permanent

Type / Role: Academic or Research

Phone: +44-1252 9518524

Fax: +44-1291 8183410

E-mail: N\A


Detail information about job Policy Officer. Terms and conditions vacancy

This new and exciting role will contribute to the expanding policy activities of the Sanger Institute. The Policy Officer will assist in the development of the Institute’s policies and positions on genomics and UK science.  They will support on ad hoc and ongoing projects relating to the Institute’s mission to use Genomics and Biodata to improve global health. Support will include scoping, research, evidence gathering, event organisation and report writing on a wide range of projects. A particular focus will be on the open access data sharing policy, and promotion of the Institute’s commitment to rapid data release.

The Policy Officer will manage the data access processes for Institute projects and data access requests. They will need to maintain strong working relationships with key partners including the European Genome-phenome Archive, the primary repository for the Institute’s human genomic data, and with the Wellcome Trust Policy Team.

Essential Skills

  • Demonstrable interest in, and understanding of, science policy
  • Graduate qualification, preferably in science
  • Excellent written and oral communication and reporting skills
  • Ability to assimilate complex issues
  • Good analytical and critical thinking abilities
  • Ability to manage tasks  involving multiple stakeholders
  • Proven ability to work well within a team and with external parties

Ideal Skills

  • Experience or awareness of ethical and policy issues arising from genomics
  • Confident and enthusiastic presenter

Other information

The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease. We use state of the art large-scale genomic approaches to drive world-leading projects to uncover the basis of genetic and infectious disease. Our goal is to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens.

The Institute is located near Cambridge, UK on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the British hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Open Targets, a Biodata Innovation Centre and the Genomics England Limited’s 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation and supports learning by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus. Its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society.

To help researchers to develop their skills and networks, the Institute hosts a range of scientific seminars with internal and invited speakers, scientific group meetings and skills development workshops.

Applicants should prepare a blog post (no more than 750 words) appropriate for a lay audience with the title 'The future of genomics'. The blog can be about any aspect of genomics that the applicant considers of public interest with ethical, legal or social issues. The blog should cover the background, what the issues are and what needs to be done to address the issues.

Please include a cover letter alongside your blog post and application.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis but final closing date for applications; 24th September 2017

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