Ensembl Genomes Operational Coordinator

European Molecular Biology Laboratory/European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
Job Location: 
Hinxton near Cambridge, UK

Excellent sporting facilities, a free shuttle bus to campus and other nearby centres and an attractive working environment set in 55 acres of parkland.

Job Description: 

We are seeking an experienced bioinformatician to undertake the role of Operational Coordinator, which is a critical role, in the non-vertebrate genomics team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) which is located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

The team's flagship project is Ensembl Genomes, a publicly accessible resource that integrates, analyses and provides access to a wide range of genome-scale data from across the taxonomic space from bacteria to plants. Maintaining the resource requires coordination among team members, other teams (especially the vertebrate genomics team, the primary developer of the Ensembl technology), and with a large number of groups with whom we collaborate to produce the resource and the Operational Coordinator will take responsibility for the regular production and release of the resource.

The primary responsibilities will be as follows:
• Scheduling and coordinating the Ensembl Genomes data/software releases.
• Directly managing a team - typically 5-10 individuals
• Working on core production and development tasks and related collaborative projects (currently, all team projects in the bacterial, fungal and protist domains);
• Play a leading role in the operational coordination of these projects.

You will also have the additional responsibility for technical coordination - (e.g. hardware / software / language choice, coding standards) across the entire non-vertebrate genomics team and will be expected, in response to evolving scientific needs, to specify and, where appropriate, lead, software and data development work associated with the resource.

The successful candidate will report directly to the Ensembl Genomes Team Leader.

The EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology (EMBL-EBI) and is a world-leading bioinformatics centre. We provide a dynamic, international working environment and our staff enjoy many benefits including excellent sports facilities, a free shuttle bus to Cambridge and other nearby centres an active sports and social club and an attractive working environment set in 55 acres of parkland.


This is a critical role within the team so we are looking for an exceptional individual who can demonstrate they have the abilities needed for success. The successful candidate will have a degree in either the biological or computer sciences and have a minimum of 6 years' experience of working in bioinformatics plus 3 years' working experience in a service environment and at least 3 years experience in a management role.

The ideal candidate will have played a major role in the design and implementation of at least one major infrastructure project and will also have worked on collaborative projects. They will possess outstanding skills to provide technical leadership for the entire team, and be able to make strategic choices across the full scope of project activities. Excellent management skills, being able to lead a team and maintain productive relationships with coordinators working for different institutions at different locations is essential. S(he) should have a very good understanding of relevant scientific concepts and have the ability to talk publicly about the project and to represent the project in external discussions/negotiations. It would be highly advantageous to have experience of working on external funding (and ideally, of raising external funding).

Expert level Perl and MySQL are required and additional programming languages such as Java, Python would be highly advantageous. A strong knowledge of Ensembl is necessary as is an understanding of common algorithms used in bioinformatics, and more generally, a deep knowledge of, and interest in, the development of technologies likely to be of potential use for the group.

Excellent communication, both verbal and written, are essential as are excellent interpersonal skills.

Contact Information: 

Please apply online through www.embl.org/jobs