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EGA Project Coordinator

Job Location
Wellcome Genome Campus
CB10 1SD
United Kingdom
Grade: 8 (monthly salary starting at £3,844.51 after tax)

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. For more information about pay and benefits please visit our website

Job Description

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking to recruit a Coordinator for the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA). The EGA is a resource for permanent secure archiving and sharing of all types of potentially identifiable genetic and phenotypic data resulting from biomedical research projects. Its aim is to provide access to data, to foster data re-use, to enable reproducibility and to speed up biomedical and translational research in line with the ‘FAIR’ (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles. The EGA project is part of the ENA/EGA/EVA Archive Infrastructure team led by Thomas Keane, this is part of the Molecular Archives Cluster at EMBL-EBI

This is a senior position in the EGA group with responsibility for implementing the EGA strategic goals, ensuring the EGA operations are delivered to a high standard, and coordinating with external partners to ensure delivery of grant commitments. Working with the team leader, you will provide input into the strategic goals of EGA and external project funding applications. You will have a central role in driving forward and coordinating project activities between the partners.

The main activities that you will be involved in are:

  • Ensuring that the EGA delivers an efficient service for key stakeholders (submitters, data access committees, and users);
  • Implement and monitor the delivery of the EGA strategic objectives, milestones, and present KPIs to demonstrate success;
  • Coordinate overall project reporting to the EGA strategic committee;
  • Assist with project planning and budgeting processes including key performance indicators;
  • Effectively and proactively communicate operational outcomes, risks, and ongoing processes to the EMBL-EBI Investigators;
  • Day-to-day management of EGA risks and opportunities, including project performance indicators and the risk register;
  • In conjunction with EGA technical project managers, coordinate day to day supervision of EGA staff comprising of software developers, development/operations engineers, helpdesk and outreach staff (approximately 10-12 FTE).

This will be a busy role with frequently changing priorities. You may from time to time have to attend meetings outside normal working hours and undertake international travel. This role is not suitable for part-time working.


The successful candidate will be expected to have:

  • A postgraduate degree in life sciences, bioinformatics, computing, or engineering
  • At least 8 years experience in life sciences;
  • Experience in coordinating the delivery of complex projects with multiple stakeholders;
  • Demonstrable experience in writing both technical reports and text for lay reader;
  • Experience in planning and minuting meetings;
  • Excellent written and verbal English language skills;
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail;
  • A proven ability to effectively interact with multiple stakeholders to deliver technical projects;
  • Line management experience for a diverse team of software developers, engineers, and helpdesk personnel;
  • Demonstrable experience in efficient service delivery;
  • Evidence of implementing Agile software development practices.

Ideal skills and experience include:

  • A PhD or MSc. in genomics or genetics, or equivalent work experience in a scientific environment;
  • Previous experience working with controlled access human genetic and phenotype data;
  • Experience of processing large volumes of raw data;
  • Familiarity with data security practices for human data;
  • Working knowledge of genomics technologies (e.g. next-generation sequencing, genotyping arrays) and storage/exchange formats;
  • Familiarity with Java development frameworks such as Spring and helpdesk management systems.
How to Apply

To view a copy of the full job description please visit our website.

Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit.

For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview. EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels.

Appointment will be based on merit alone.

Applications will close on 20 August 2019 at 23:00 GMT.

About Our Organization

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 22 member states and two associate member states. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

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