EMBL is a European-scale centre of excellence in life science research, services and training and one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations in the world. EMBL is international, innovative and interdisciplinary – its 1,600 employees, from over 80 nations, operate across six sites in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK: the main laboratory in Heidelberg, and outstations in Hamburg; Grenoble; Monterotondo, near Rome; Barcelona; and Hinxton, near Cambridge (the European Bioinformatics Institute). Founded in 1974, EMBL is an inter-governmental organisation with a current annual budget of roughly 200 million Euro funded by public research monies from its member states. The cornerstones of EMBL’s mission are: to perform basic research in molecular biology; to train scientists (internal and external) at all career levels; to offer vital services to scientists in the member states; to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences and actively engage in technology transfer activities; to promote integration in European life science research; and to offer a platform for dialogue with the general public through science communication activities.
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
EMBL seeks an experienced, inspirational and dynamic leader to serve as its next Director General. The EMBL Director General (DG) reports to EMBL Council, the member state body that governs EMBL, and is responsible for the development of the overall policy and strategy across the organisation and for establishing consensus around EMBL’s five-year programmes and corresponding funding frameworks. At a time of unprecedented opportunities in the life sciences, the future DG will work with EMBL Council to chart a strategic course for EMBL, to ensure it sustains and evolves its missions according to the needs of the scientific community in the member states, and to consolidate and strengthen its position as Europe’s centre of excellence in life science research, services and training. The DG is responsible for the implementation and execution of Council decisions, and to provide accurate information on EMBL’s activities and high-level scientific expertise to internal and external advisory bodies.
As the chief executive officer and legal representative of EMBL the DG guides and oversees the evolution of EMBL’s role, missions and programmes according to the needs of the scientific community and broader European society with respect to the molecular life sciences. The DG conducts EMBL activities with the aim of achieving the full potential of the Laboratory and supporting the life sciences in Europe for the benefit of all stakeholders. The DG is responsible for overall leadership, strategic direction and management. He/she provides intellectual leadership for the multidisciplinary and international community of EMBL staff and fellows. The DG, assisted by the EMBL Directorate and Senior Management, has overall responsibility for the Laboratory’s day-to-day operations and the performance of all parts of the organisation. The DG is the spokesperson for EMBL and serves as an advocate and communicator with all stakeholders and interested parties including the scientific community, policy makers, industry groups, funding organisations, the media and the general public.
Candidates for this position will have:
- an outstanding record in research and service provision in any area of molecular life science;
- a broad interest in and understanding of the molecular life sciences;
- an excellent overview of the European life science research and policy landscape;
- a proven record of senior management experience with significant experience, preferably international, in research and academic administration;
- a leadership style that is both inclusive (participatory) and directive;
- a demonstrated record of successful fundraising, programme development, faculty recruitment and mentoring, and organisational management;
- effective communication skills and the ability to interact and negotiate productively with many categories of people at different levels, both inside and outside EMBL;
- fluent written and spoken English, other member state languages, in particular German and French, are an advantage.
Applications should be submitted as a single pdf-file containing a letter of motivation, short CV, evidence of the required leadership skills, and a list of 20 key research publications, to: applications.embl@ mpibpc.mpg.de before April 30, 2016.