Policy Analyst - Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

We have a new opportunity for a Policy Analyst. This is an exciting new opportunity to work for a global initiative to develop policies and policy tools and make our vision for genomics and health a reality.

We are looking for an experienced researcher who enjoys working in a highly collaborative environment to develop policy outputs for use by the global genomics community.

About the role:

You will support the work of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) by providing advice and expertise on the policy issues arising from the work of the Regulatory and Ethics Work Stream (REWS) of GA4GH. They will research, influence and develop GA4GH policies and policy tools and build stakeholder relationships internationally with a focus on the UK and Europe.

You will be a member of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) global team led by the CEO based at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research in Toronto, Canada. This position will be based at the Wellcome Genome campus in Hinxton, UK, as an employee of the Wellcome Sanger Institute and will work on priorities assigned by the REWS and GA4GH leadership. At Hinxton the Policy Analyst will be embedded in GA4GH and work with organisations and initiatives including, EMBL-EBI, Genomics England, the Human Cell Atlas, and the businesses based on the campus.

The role will require international travel (once pandemic related travel restrictions are lifted).

About the team:

GA4GH is an international alliance formed in 2013 to accelerate the potential of research and medicine to advance human health. Bringing together hundreds of contributors working in healthcare, research, patient advocacy, life science, and information technology, the GA4GH community is working together to create policy frameworks and standards to enable the responsible, voluntary, and secure sharing of genomic and health-related data. Learn more at www.ga4gh.org.

GA4GH is supported by four international hosts: the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the Wellcome Sanger Institute, EMBL-EBI, and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). Eight technical and policy framing teams (“GA4GH Work Streams”) drive the standards development work to meet the specific needs of real world clinical and genomics data sharing projects. GA4GH Work Streams collaborate with Driver Projects—genomic data initiatives that help guide our development efforts and implementations of our products.

Essential Skills:
Degree in Law, Social Science, or Bioethics or equivalent experience
Experience of working in health or science policy
Knowledge of ethico-legal issues in genomics and data sharing
Proven and demonstrable experience of rapidly developing expertise in new areas
Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to successfully coordinate and lead projects to successful outcomes, taking input from others
Ability to analyse and explain complex information and identify the key points
Highly collaborative approach
Ability to adapt working style to ensure delivery of a project
Demonstrable communication skills and experience of stakeholder engagement
Ideal Skills
Knowledge of GA4GH’s mission and work
Experience working in a global initiative

Other information:
Whilst the developments around COVID-19 continue to evolve, the Wellcome Genome Campus is closed for all but essential functions and facilities.

People remain at the centre of everything that we do and the majority of our staff are now working remotely to ensure continuity of operations, making use of remote communication and collaboration tools.

Interviews will be taking place virtually and the successful candidate should expect to be fully supported through remote on-boarding and working from home until the Campus re-opens to all staff. This approach may vary for individuals located overseas and/or where a visa is required and starting will be based on a number of factors, we will be able to provide specialist advice to those affected candidates

About Us:
The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth.

Our benefits:

There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Wellcome Genome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.
As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:

25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
Auto-enrolment into a generous Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with enhanced company contribution (for more information, see our Pensions page)
Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children and Summer holiday club
Life Assurance is accessible on day 1 for all
Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract exceeding 12 months)
Enhanced maternity leave and parental leave
Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
Private Healthcare Scheme
Eyecare and Dental payment plans
Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

Being part of the Wellcome Genome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:

Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
A car-share initiative
Free parking
A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events

In 2020 we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

Application Instructions: 

For full job description and to apply please visit jobs.sanger.ac.uk

Application Closing Date: 
10 March