ELIXIR Technical Lead (Data & Interoperability)

Job Location
Wellcome Genome Campus
CB10 1SD
United Kingdom

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 have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won't find anywhere else.

If you've ever visited the campus you'll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

Job Description

We are looking for an experienced and dynamic bioinformatician with strong interest and solid knowledge of semantic technologies in the life sciences to join ELIXIR as the technical lead for data management and interoperability.

Your main task would be to provide day-to-day project management and technical leadership for the ELIXIR Interoperability platform. You would work with partners in ELIXIR member states and our core data resources to ensure interoperable and long-term viable data and metadata management approaches within the ELIXIR infrastructure. This involves mapping current and emerging data management practices, interoperability services and standards. Working closely with and supporting our international scientific leadership team for data interoperability you would play a key role in the development of a long-term interoperability strategy and architecture for ELIXIR.

 Key responsibilities:

  • Serve as technical project manager for the ELIXIR Interoperability platform: report on progress, delivery and risks. Manage communication and facilitate the coordination of services. Bring together services, developers and users to drive partnerships and user impact
  • Oversee the development process and bring together the geographically distributed project partners to agree and implement shared technical strategies and standards
  • In close partnership with the ELIXIR Interoperability platform executive committee, ELIXIR Services and ELIXIR Nodes organise communication and collaboration with the other ELIXIR platforms and users
  • As appropriate Organise and lead workgroups to develop ELIXIR wide strategies and policies. Manage and maintain a structured discussion with relevant project partners and user communities
  • Actively explore global collaborations such as BD2K, RDA, FORCE11 to ensure relevance of the ELIXIR standards framework
  • Collaborate on data management with other research infrastructures, e-infrastructures, and with national and international research organisations
  • Support the implementation of good data stewardship practice in the ELIXIR nodes

 Actively participate in the international debate on long-term storage and publishing of research data, both nationally and internationally.


The ideal candidate will have a university degree in the field of life science, computer science, engineering or another quantitative discipline with solid interest and experience of bioinformatics/medical informatics research. An advanced degree in one these fields is highly desirable.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • 5+ years experience of technical project management in an informatics intensive life-science environment. Life science experience and solid understanding of biological and/or medical data integration including semantic integration
  • Ability to lead and motivate technical teams in a distributed and matrix-managed environments environment to deliver against challenging goals and timelines. Experience of developing project technical specifications and performance indicators based on user research
  • Strong interest in data issues both from a user perspective and from an infrastructure perspective. Experience in developing standards and/or data repositories is a strong asset.

Personal Attributes:

  • Results oriented with excellent interpersonal skills you set goals and prioritise tasks judiciously with a minimum of supervision
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and preferably at least one other European language
  • Demonstrate a flexible approach, self-motivation and resilience

 Ability to occasionally work outside normal office hours if required and travel to ELIXIR Nodes across Europe as required.

How to Apply

Please apply online through www.embl.org/jobs

About Our Organization

The ELIXIR Hub is located at EMBL-EBI, Wellcome Genome Campus. ELIXIR is a unique undertaking that consolidates Europe's bioinformatics resources, services, and national centres into a single, coherent infrastructure. ELIXIR ensures interoperable tools and the long-term sustainability and reuse of life-science data through standards and common services. As a distributed research infrastructure, ELIXIR is built upon the bioinformatics services provided by the national ELIXIR Nodes

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