Job vacancy: EMBRC ABS Compliance Officer | EMBRC

Job vacancy: EMBRC ABS Compliance Officer


Job vacancy: EMBRC ABS Compliance Officer

EMBRC-ERIC is hiring an ABS Compliance Officer. Application deadline 01/03/2020.

Job Title

EMBRC-ERIC ABS Compliance Officer  



The ABS Compliance Officer will work to bring all EMBRC Culture Collections (CCs), Biological Resource Centres (BRCs), and Biobanks (BBs) into compliance with current Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) regulation. The ABS compliance officer will also support EMBRC’s participation in the European Open Science Cloud project EOSC-Life.



Full Time, two-years contract of employment. 

Service Group

EMBRC-ERIC Secretariat, ABS Working Group


EMBRC-ERIC Headquarters, 4 Place Jussieu, Paris, France, c/o Sorbonne Université, Paris 75005, with possibility to work remotely.


Brief Description of EMBRC-ERIC

The European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC-ERIC) is a pan-European distributed research infrastructure comprising 32 marine stations in 9 European countries, along the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Red Sea coasts. It is included in the European ESFRI roadmap.

EMBRC-ERIC offers the scientific community and businesses a complete set of services to access and study marine biodiversity and coastal ecosystems both on site or remotely. Those services range from the shipping of marine organisms to extensive experimental facilities and laboratory equipment for hosting researcher teams.

EMBRC-ERIC is engaged in a process of aligning its activities with the principle of access and benefit-sharing (ABS), contributing to ease of access to marine genetic resources in compliance with the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention for Biological Diversity at principle and, while taking into consideration the FAIR data management framework and requirements. This approach is related to the quality labelling of the 9 national marine BRCs under the EMBRC-ERIC umbrella, as well as to the participation of EMBRC-ERIC together with its national infrastructures EMBRC-ES and EMBRC-BE within the H2020 EOSC-Life project.

To do this, EMBRC-ERIC is recruiting an ABS-compliance officer.


Job Mission and Objectives

Under the direction of the EMBRC-ERIC Executive Director and with the supervision of the ABS Working Group the incumbent will advance EMBRC-ERIC in the compliance with the ABS including implementation of best practices for its operators, bringing them to the same standard. More specifically the ABS Compliance Officer will work to complete audits of all the EMBRC CCs, BRCs, and BBs to provide advice on marine genetic resources (MGR) that can be supplied under which conditions, and those that will require retrospective requests from the country of origin. The ABS Compliance Officer will also assist the main researchers of the EOSC-Life project from EMBRC-ES (Spain) and EMBRC-BE (Belgium).  In the context of the project, and FAIR data management frameworks, the ABS Compliance Officer will work in the development of data policies and tools in relation to the utilization, provenance and tracking of MGRs in compliance with ABS regulations.


Main activities

(1) to complete the audit initiated within the Atlantic Area EMBRC-ERIC members’ collections in the framework of the EBB Interreg Atlantic Area project,  to help a decision on retroactive compliance of collections resources, and expand it to all EMBRC collections.

(2) to establish and implement the ABS standards and practices applicable to collections, biobanks and marine biological resource centres within the EMBRC-ERIC operators for the collection, deposit, transfer and traceability of their genetic resources:

a. check the traceability system of genetic resources provided to users;

b. check biological samples databases/catalogues for inclusion of minimal required metadata and supporting documents;

(3) to test data flows in a set of use cases, such as the Ocean Sampling Day, from the collection of samples to the exploitation/publication of results;

(4) to develop an "ABS passport" to accompany future supplies of traceable biological resources;

(5) to contribute to EOSC-Life work packages 4 and 6 communications and activities, including participating in videoconferences, meetings and contributing to deliverables, in support of EMBRC-ES and EMBRC-BE members. These deliverables will include, for instance, establishing a map of Nagoya compliance data needs across EOSC-Life Research Infrastructures and contribute to the general provenance model of biological resources in the FAIR context.



  • Experience in ABS (regulation of access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing arising from their utilisation) within resource centres or collections;
  • Experience working with different kinds of data, data repositories and portals to manage bioresources in biobanks/collections;
  • Experience working in European projects;
  • Knowledge of the European research infrastructure landscape;
  • Ability to work remotely;
  • Ability to propose actions and corrective solutions;
  • Experience with Quality Management Systems and Control;



  • Engineer level or Bachelor's degree with professional experience in biology, collections or within a biological resource centre.




Competitive salary, commensurate to titles and experience (indicative net salary: 28-32 K€ per year).

A benefit package will be offered, including, at a minimum, health insurance and public transportation subsidy.



2-years contract with 2-month probation and possibility of renewal;

Overtime may be required to meet activity deadlines;

National and international travel may be required for the purposes of meeting with internal and external stakeholders.

EMBRC-ERIC is an equal-opportunity employer, actively supporting the development of their staff.



Prepare your application as one single PDF document containing:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in this position and how you could contribute;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • The name of three references;

Enclose this document in an email message, with subject: “EMBRC ABS Compliance Officer”; addressed to: <>.

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