E-Infrastructure Integration Specialist

Job Location
The Wellcome Trust Genome Campus
CB10 1SD
United Kingdom
Grade 6 - after tax monthly salary starting at £2,670 plus mobility and other allowances

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation. We provide a dynamic, international working environment and have close ties with both the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

EMBL-EBI staff also enjoy 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.

The initial contract is for a period of three years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.

Job Description

We are seeking to recruit an experienced technical expert to work as an e-Infrastructure Integration Specialist. You will join the Technical Services Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

We are looking for someone who will work to identify collaborative opportunities around how EMBL-EBI stores, process and manages ‘big data’ for the life-sciences with European e-Infrastructure service providers.

Reporting to Steven Newhouse, Head of the Technical Services cluster and leader of the Technology Science Integration group which is responsible for exploring how new technology and services can benefit the science activities undertaken at EMBL-EBI, you will be involved in:

  • Gathering technical requirements from researchers and service providers within the life-science community at EMBL-EBI and within the ELIXIR Research Infrastructure for e-Infrastructure services;
  • Working with the staff within the Technical Services teams at EMBL-EBI and staff across the European e-infrastructure initiatives (i.e. EUDAT, EGI, GEANT, Helix Nebula, PRACE, etc.) to integrate e-Infrastructure services with those at EMBL-EBI and other ELIXIR nodes;
  • Deploying and integrating e-Infrastructure services with existing activities to provide researchers and service providers at EMBL-EBI and its collaborators with new capabilities that further their research work;
  • Contributing to the strategic development of the Technical Services cluster by identifying the role that European e-Infrastructure services can play at EMBL-EBI and to influence the relevant European e-Infrastructure roadmaps as required.


You will be expected to work within the recently funded European e-Infrastructure projects EUDAT 2020 and EGI-Engage, and work closely with internal and external service providers, consumers of these services, technical and managerial staff to ensure the deployment and integration of e-Infrastructure services to meet the defined requirements.


You will have a degree (or equivalent experience) in a Computational, Physical or Biological Sciences and at least 3 years of documented experience in the use of European e-Infrastructure services and associated systems administration experience, ideally in a bioinformatics oriented academic or research environment. Proficiency in the use or deployment of e-Infrastructure services such as clouds, data or grid technologies is expected and experience in software installation and configuration is highly desired.

In addition you will:

  • Have in depth knowledge of European e-Infrastructures initiatives (i.e. EGI, EUDAT, Helix Nebula, GEANT, PRACE) and their underlying cloud and data technologies or operational processes;
  • At least three years technical experience that may include integrating software components, deploying experimental software services, operating production services and the associated Linux systems administration relating to such tasks;
  • As the role will involve liaising with different groups and users, it is essential that you have excellent communication, both written and verbal, and interpersonal skills, and be able to operate effectively in English within international teams including producing reports, giving presentations, and participating fully in workshops and meetings;
  • You will be expected to demonstrate an ability to work across multiple projects and be able to quickly establish effective working relationships to gather requirements and manage the delivery of results especially within distributed international collaborations such as EU projects;
  • Be self-motivated and capable of working both independently and with the teams within and external to the Technical Services Cluster at EMBL-EBI;
  • Be able to demonstrate solid problem solving skills and have experience of working to deadlines;
  • Be able to travel within Europe (and occasionally outside of Europe) to meetings, conferences and workshops as required to represent EMBL-EBI and their work, and to liaise with relevant e-infrastructure service providers.
How to Apply

Please apply online at www.embl.de/jobs

About Our Organization

The EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and it is a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation. EMBL-EBI provides freely available data from life science experiments, performs basic research in computational biology and offers an extensive user training programme, supporting researchers in academic and industry. We are part of EMBL, Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on 12 April 2015

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