22nd Mar 2021

Join us – Head of Courses and Conferences

We have a new opportunity for a Head of Courses and Conferences to join us to lead a highly successful training and learning programme for healthcare and research professionals, based around advances in biomedical research.

Working closely with a diverse range of colleagues, and managing relationships with key global collaborators, research scientists, and funders, you will ensure that our programme impacts careers and research practices, and delivers tangible benefits for all participants.

About the role:

  • As Connecting Science’s Head of Courses and Conferences you will be responsible for refining and maintaining the strategic direction of our courses and conferences programme, ensuring that its impact can be demonstrated through effective monitoring and evaluation.
  • You will lead a team of around 25 content development, training, and event management professionals, working collaboratively to ensure that all aspects of our programme from delegate experience to learning outcomes are as effective as they can be.
  • You will have oversight of the operations of our Conference Centre, ensuring that it delivers the facilities and services needed for our training and learning activities, as well as to users on the Campus, and external clients.
  • You will be able to balance training and learning needs alongside financial drivers to ensure our activities meet their intended goals within an agreed financial framework.
  • You will have a good understanding of the global training and learning landscape, taking into account potentially differing priorities in the UK and in low and middle-income countries, and between different audience groups.
  • You will have a genuine commitment to diversity and inclusion, working with colleagues across Connecting Science to ensure that this is embedded throughout our programme.

About us:

Our mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society.

We connect researchers, health professionals and the wider public, creating opportunities and spaces to explore genomic science and its impact on people. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation, supports learning and measures attitudes, drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Wellcome Genome Campus.

Our Courses and Conferences team funds, develops and delivers training and conferences that span basic research, cutting-edge biomedicine, and the application of genomics in healthcare. We work with globally-renowned scientists and healthcare professionals, and run events online, on the Campus, and in regional training hubs across Africa, Asia and Latin America, that aim to educate, inspire, and transform careers.

We are part of the same organisational family as the Wellcome Sanger Institute, a world leading genomics research centre. Its findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth.

Essential Skills

  • Extensive planning skills, with examples of having used a broad knowledge of the life sciences and healthcare sector to identify new opportunities and impacts.
  • An effective leader with excellent people management, communication and interpersonal experience and skills in order to build relationships within a diverse multi-disciplinary team spanning different professional backgrounds, as well as with key external partners.
  • Significant and demonstrable experience of developing and delivering complex projects, working with multiple stakeholders and multi-disciplinary teams, ideally within the context of scientific training and learning. Excellent project management skills required to maintain different work streams and delegate where needed.
  • Significant financial management experience and commercial awareness; ability to balance commercial and learning priorities;
  • An enthusiastic and flexible approach which balances the training needs of the research and healthcare communities with Connecting Science’s key strategic goals; an excellent team player with good collaboration and influencing skills.
  • Broad-ranging knowledge of training and learning methods and formats.
  • Broad knowledge and experience of global biomedical health research, and relevant networks and resources, to support and advise content development and programming carried out by the team. Specialist knowledge in genomics and biodata would be desirable, but not absolutely essential
  • Knowledge and understanding of the challenges in working in low and middle-income countries in relation to research capacity building
  • Knowledge of the professional development and research training sector, including current and potential partner organisations.
  • Demonstrable understanding of the role of marketing and communications to drive participation and engagement.
  • Experience of the challenges of venue and event management.


Other information

To download the full role description to apply, please visit the Sanger Institute recruitment page.

Please apply with your CV and a cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of this role.

For an informal discussion of this role please contact Professor Julian Rayner by email in the first instance julian.rayner@wellcomeconnectingscience.org

Closing date: 25th April 2021