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Training Impact Co-ordinator (Fixed Term)

The Bioinformatics Training Facility of the School of Biological Sciences, University of Cambridge (UoC) is looking for a Training Impact Co-ordinator. The post-holder will develop (building on existing work), implement, monitor, analyse and report on a comprehensive system of training metrics/key performance indicators across the portfolio of ELIXIR ( and EXCELERATE ( bioinformatics training activities.

ELIXIR is a unique undertaking that consolidates Europe's bioinformatics resources, services, and national centres into a single, coherent infrastructure. ELIXIR ensures interoperable tools, long-term sustainability and the reuse of life-science data by supporting community standards and running common services. As a distributed research infrastructure ELIXIR is built upon the bioinformatics services provided by the national ELIXIR Nodes.

The post-holder will be part of the Bioinformatics Training team at UoC, reporting to the Bioinformatics Training Manager and working in close collaboration with the training co-ordinators from the ELIXIR nodes to develop methods and standards for the evaluation of several aspects of the ELIXIR training offering.

These may include:
- Course evaluation
- Development of course descriptions and training presentation - Learning experience evaluation - Evaluation of training effort
- Long term impact evaluation
- Developing surveys/metrics of quality and guidelines/recommendations regarding e-learning.

The role will require interactions with ELIXIR and EXCELERATE contributors, as well as with collaborators from GOBLET (, BD2K ( and Software/Data Carpentry (;

Additionally, the post-holder will be involved in the day-to-day activities of the Bioinformatics Training team, supporting development and delivery of training courses at the University of Cambridge. Responsibilities will include liaising with trainers to ensure that courses meet the needs of the target audience, teaching on courses where appropriate and being present throughout the duration of such courses, which might involve work outside of normal office hours, and creating and updating web pages for new training courses.

The role will involve some travel across Europe.

The successful applicant should have a degree in a biomedical subject and familiarity with using bioinformatics services to solve biological problems is desirable as well as experience in training other researchers to use bioinformatics tools, and/or the development of training materials or documentation.

In addition to being highly self-motivated, the ideal candidate must have excellent organisation, communication and interpersonal skills and have the ability to work well as part of a team. Ability to work to deadlines is essential. Candidates with a desire to work in an international environment are encouraged to apply.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 August 2019 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to the Dr Gabriella Rustici -

Please quote reference PC13894 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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