European Correspondent for France, Communications Officer

Application deadline
Toulouse, France (European Correspondent); Paris, France (Communications Officer)

About ECRIN:

ECRIN is a non-profit, distributed infrastructure. It was awarded the legal status of a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) in 2013 based on Council Regulation (EC) N° 723/2009 of 25 June 2009 on the Community legal framework for an ERIC.

ECRIN provides support to the management of multinational clinical research projects in Europe. ECRIN is based on the connection of national networks of clinical research infrastructures (clinical trial units) having the capacity to manage trials locally. ECRIN provides information, consulting and services to investigators and sponsors in the preparation and in the conduct of multinational clinical studies, in any disease area. Most of the ECRIN-supported projects are funded by the Horizon 2020 (H2020) Programme of the European Union or by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI).

European Correspondent for France

ECRIN is currently recruiting a European Correspondent for France, to be based in Toulouse. This is an interim position with a six-month contract with a possibility to continue on a permanent contract.

Roles and Responsibilities:

This is a unique opportunity for a motivated and experienced individual who wishes to further develop his/her career in clinical research and his/her experience of multinational research projects. The ECRIN-ERIC European Correspondent for France plays a pivotal role in the coordination of the activities within ECRIN-ERIC, strengthening the interaction of ECRIN-ERIC and the national network F-CRIN to facilitate and support participation in European multinational projects.

The main duties of the ECRIN-ERIC European Correspondent will include the following:

  • Providing the key contact point in France for ECRIN-ERIC and the network of European Correspondents in other ECRIN countries.
  • Participating, as part of the ECRIN-ERIC Management Office, in the development and maintenance of ECRIN Quality Assurance systems, and regulatory knowledge facilitating the activity of the national representatives in ECRIN activities
  • Providing advice and support to national investigators and sponsors wishing to develop European multinational studies through ECRIN, providing the key communication link with other ECRIN partners through the network of European Correspondents
  • Providing support to foreign investigators and sponsors wishing to undertake clinical research studies in France ensuring that information relating to foreign studies are appropriately disseminated to national and international researchers.
  • Providing leadership for ECRIN-adopted clinical projects carried out in France and participating in the management of multinational projects within the national network as well as in services provided by ECRIN as appropriate
  • Ensuring that specific project tasks under ECRIN’s responsibility are performed and completed successfully, in line with planned timelines; contributing to the delivery of these projects
  • Compiling and distributing regular communications about the progress of ECRIN projects and details of new initiatives to national network
  • Ensuring that ECRIN-ERIC activities and mission are communicated efficiently to other stakeholders in France. In particular, the information should be timely distributed among the national partners ensuring that they have the opportunity to contribute to relevant initiatives on time.
  • Working closely with other members of the national network, research stakeholders and French regulatory authorities, and any other relevant professional bodies/organisations. In addition, excellent external links will be required with the ECRIN team (core group and other European correspondents in other countries).
  • Maintaining, within the national network in France, a thorough understanding of the current clinical research regulatory environment; developing and maintaining a good appreciation of the regulatory environment in other EU member states, particularly in relation to the interpretation and implementation of EU clinical trial legislation.
  • Assisting the country-specific Training and Education Team in identifying training needs and requirements of local network staff and clinical trial unit staff in relation to multinational clinical trials and regulatory and governance issues; contributing to the development and delivery of training programmes as appropriate.
  • Undertaking any ad hoc initiatives as required by the ECRIN-ERIC Management office.

Requirements:

  • University degree in health or life science
  • Extensive multinational clinical research experience
  • Management experience
  • Strong knowledge of the clinical development process and of GCP and local and international regulatory requirements
  • Desirable: complementary knowledge of experimental design, statistics and data management
  • Excellent organisational skills demonstrated by a proven ability to manage a range of different projects simultaneously. Ability to interact positively with a wide range of professionals, including senior staff, across a range of organisations including clinical research staff and regulatory authorities. Ability to participate constructively and enthusiastically in meetings and decision-making processes and to use own initiative, as appropriate.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English and French (working languages)
  • Computer and software knowledge
  • Position located in Toulouse with travel in France as appropriate, to the ECRIN-ERIC management office (Paris), and in Europe

The post is under the hierarchical responsibility of the ECRIN-ERIC Operations Director (based in Paris) and under the functional responsibility of the Director of the national network F-CRIN (based in Toulouse).

A letter of motivation with a Curriculum Vitae (European format with photo) may be addressed to Mrs Alicja Szofer-Araya (alicja.szofer-araya@ecrin.org).

Deadline to receive applications: 21st July 2017

Expected start date: September 2017

ECRIN is an inclusive, equal opportunity and non-discrimination employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

Communications Officer

Roles and Responsibilities:
This is a unique opportunity for a motivated collaborator who wishes to further develop his/her career and to operate as part of an international team.
The main duties of the Communication Officer will include the following:

  • Contribute, with the ECRIN-ERIC management, to the definition of a consistent communication strategy for:
    • internal communication
    • communication with national scientific partners
    • communication with users (investigators, sponsors, clinical trial units)
    • communication with policymakers and funders
    • communication with patients and society
  • Implement this communication strategy through various communication media:
    • maintenance and upgrade of the content of the website (with the support of IT specialists)
    • maintenance and upgrade of the intranet
    • documents for internal use, internal newsletter
    • documents for external communication, external newsletter, brochures and flyers, social media
    • reports to the ECRIN-ERIC governance structure and to funding bodies
    • scientific articles
    • template powerpoint presentations
    • organisation of workshops and meetings (internal, and external with users, scientific communities, partners, policymakers, patients and citizens)
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • University degree in health, life science or related discipline, or communication (preferably an advanced degree)
  • Experience in the field of medical writing/scientific communication in the health sector, experience of a communication or marketing function in a clinical research or drug development environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English (working language) is mandatory
  • Experience and understanding of using social media as a communications tool
  • Editorial excellence, producing clear, accurate, grammatically correct and creative texts
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and able to interface with IT specialists for the development and upgrade of the website
  • Experience working with web content management systems, and in particular Drupal
  • Critical-thinking skills, attention to factual detail and accuracy, and the ability to see relationships between ideas and organize complex information
  • Ability to translate clinical research into accurate but approachable language, and to tailor the information to audiences that include policymakers, funders, healthcare professionals, patients, or the general public
  • Experience in operating at European level and working in an international environment

The post is under hierarchical responsibility of ECRIN-ERIC Director General. The post is a full- or part-time short-term contract according to French law (CDD). Salary will depend on qualification and experience.
Place of employment: Paris, France, where the ECRIN-ERIC has its Management Office and legal address.
Expected start date: September 2017.

ECRIN-ERIC is an inclusive, equal opportunity and non-discrimination employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organization.
If you are interested, please send your letter of motivation with a Curriculum Vitae (European format with photo) to Alicja Szofer-Araya (alicja.szofer-araya@ecrin.org) before July 21st, 2017.
More information on ECRIN-ERIC at www.ecrin.org