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Thursday, 29 January 2009

Wanted: eLearning Content Developer

The EMBL-EBI’s Outreach and Training Team is looking for an eLearning content developer. The primary duties are to:

  • Expand and consolidate the EBI’s range of eLearning materials. This will involve updating and maintaining existing content, as well as creating new content in a variety of formats.
  • Create video-based tutorial and help-desk materials, and support others at the EBI who need to produce these materials. This may involve either storyboarding and working with others or the complete production process, depending on previous experience.
  • Investigate ways to exploit electronic technologies, such as podcasting, to deliver timely and relevant information to the EBI’s users.
  • Create synergies within the online community of bioinformatics trainers and trainees.
  • Contribute to the team’s other outreach and training activities, both at the EBI and around the world. This will involve some international travel to conferences and consortium meetings.

The role will involve substantial initiative and will require extensive interactions with training and outreach representatives throughout the EBI.

This post requires at least a degree in the molecular life sciences most probably followed by PhD or other equivalent experience.The ideal candidate will have at least two years’ experience of generating multimedia content for scientific training purposes, and will have excellent writing and editing skills. (S)he will be capable of communicating complex scientific ideas to different target audiences, ranging from scientists to the general public. Experience in the use of computational biology databases and tools is highly desirable. The eLearning Content Developer will have worked in an international environment, either within academia or in a commercial setting and will be skilled at liaising with design and production teams both within and outside the EBI to achieve the desired end product.

Good knowledge of MS Office, email and internet applications is required. HTML editing and design skills are highly desirable but not essential. Familiarity with graphics and web-design packages such as Adobe Creative Suite is desirable but not essential. Awareness of the challenges involved in delivering multimedia content to different platforms and to areas with low bandwidth is highly desirable.In addition to being highly self-motivated, the ideal candidate will have excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as a part of a team. A strong interest (ideally backed up by experience) in scientific elearning tools and methodologies is highly desirable. Ability to work to deadlines is essential, as is the ability to harness the creativity of others whilst ensuring that they keep to brief. Candidates with a desire to work in an international environment are encouraged to apply. Fluency in English is essential, and some familiarity with other European languages is extremely desirable.

An initial contract of 3 years will be offered to the successful candidate. This can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of review.

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EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

To apply, please email a cover letter, CV (in English) and contact information of three professional references quoting ref. no. ABSW/08/081/EBI in the subject line, to: