Short description of BBMRI-ERIC:

The pan‐European Biobanking and Biomolecular resources Research Infrastructure is a distributed bio‐medical and life science infrastructure for sustainable storage and dissemination of biobanked samples and associated data in Europe. On 22 November 2013, BBMRI was officially awarded the Community legal framework for a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). This specific legal form is designed to facilitate the joint establishment and operation of research infrastructures of European interest. BBMRI‐ERIC will provide access to the collections of partner biobanks and biomolecular resources, their expertise and services on a non‐economic basis.

BBMRI‐ERIC is an inclusive, equal‐opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organization. Further information on the aims, mission, governance, and statutes of BBMRI‐ERIC can be found at www.bbmri-eric.eu.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities of the Role

The Engagement Officer will be responsible for engaging with stakeholders related to BBMRI‐ERIC and organising the Stakeholder Forum in close interaction with the Director General and the Chair of the Stakeholder Forum. The Stakeholder Forum includes, among others, representatives from patient advocacy groups, learned societies and industry, which are involved and/or affected by biobanking activities. It is set up to allow for a platform of exchange as well as a participatory governance to include stakeholder concerns into the activities of BBMRI-ERIC through a transparent engagement process. The key responsibilities further include liaising on stakeholder issues with BBMRI‐ERIC bodies as appropriate, including required documentation and communication. As required he/she supports networking, the development of requests for proposals for external services, the design of project documentation; public relations and dissemination activities. The Engagement Officer has an advocacy role within and outside of BBMRI-ERIC.

Requirements of the Role

The Engagement Officer is expected to have a high level experience in liaising with various stakeholders from multiple fields and has to be comfortable to engage in the scientific context in which BBMRI-ERIC operates and, in particular, understands and empathises with the cause of patient advocacy. Previous experience in stakeholder engagement and science communication is considered an advantage, as well as in-depth knowledge in one of the scientific fields that BBMRI-ERIC represents. Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to effectively liaise with colleagues and stakeholders on all levels in a distributed, international, interdisciplinary environment and the ability to undertake/deliver the required tasks without losing a sense of humor as well as clarity in oral and written communication are essential requirements.  As English is the common working language of BBMRI‐ERIC applicants must be fluent in English. A fluency in other languages is considered an advantage.

In order to provide effective support, the jobholder will need to stay abreast of the development of BBMRI-ERIC, as well as related organisations and initiatives and may from time to time have to attend meetings outside normal working hours and undertake international travel. The role‐holder is also required to stay abreast of key scientific developments within the scope of BBMRI-ERIC, therefore we seek for applicants knowledgeable in a field relevant for BBMRI-ERIC (scientific degree or other qualifications).

Employment Terms and Conditions

The Engagement Officer will be directly employed by BBMRI‐ERIC at its Central Executive Management Office in Graz, Austria. The employment follows the Austrian employment law. BBMRI‐ERIC offers fringe benefits like complementary health insurance, and a private pension scheme, relocation and travel grant as well as local support for housing.

It is a full‐time position. The appointee will be offered a possibility for gradual transition to relocate to Graz, Austria.

Salary

According to European/international standards for similar role and responsibilities and requirements of this function (57,000-60,000€ as minimum annual gross salary; final salary dependent on terms of qualification and negotiation).

Application Procedure

For applications to be valid, candidates must submit:

  • A Curriculum Vitae [CV] with photo
  • A letter of motivation
  • Supporting documents (for example, certified copies of degrees, references )

In case of any questions, please contact:

Michaela Th. Mayrhofer PhD, Senior Project Manager/Chief Policy Officer Common Service ELSI, michaela.th.mayrhofer@bbmri-eric.eu, +43 664 88 72 18 74

Please send the required documents via e‐mail to the following address: admin.dir@bbmri‐eric.eu

Deadline for application is 24 March 2017; anticipated start of work is July 2017.