Ensembl Regulation Project Leader

Organization
EMBL-EBI
Job Location
Wellcome Genome Campus
Hinxton
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB10 1SD
United Kingdom
Salary
Competitive
Benefits

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 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 the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Job Description

The Genome Analysis team seeks an enthusiastic Project Leader to lead Ensembl in the field of gene expression regulation. Ensembl (http://www.ensembl.org/) is one of the most successful large-scale bioinformatics projects. We process massive amounts of data from various genomic archives and create new resources for genome analysis. Within the overall project, Ensembl Regulation is specialised in epigenomic datasets (ChIP-Seq, DNase1 hypersensitivity etc.), which are used to define the Ensembl Regulatory Build, an exhaustive annotation of regulatory elements across the genome and across cell types.

The post involves managing Ensembl Regulation day to day, ensuring the database is regularly and punctually updated, keeping up-to-date with the field of epigenetics, guiding feature development efforts and finally communicating these changes to researchers in the field.

The successful candidate will line manage 3-5 people. He/she will have to understand the technical issues involved in maintaining a biological database and prioritise tasks. As part of the greater Ensembl project, he/she will participate in various larger scale meetings to coordinate data production and development.

The candidate will also serve as a representative for Ensembl Regulation to the outside world: she/he will be expected to attend scientific conferences, read current literature, participate in academic collaborations and assist Ensembl’s Outreach and Training activities (giving courses, responding to user questions and preparing documentary material). Current collaborations include BLUEPRINT, ENCODE, GTEx and the Centre for Therapeutic Target Validation (CTTV).

Ensembl Regulation is a component of the Genome Analysis team (led by Daniel Zerbino) which is itself part of Ensembl (led by Paul Flicek). The EBI is a part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and is Europe's leading provider of information services to biological researchers in academia and industry. EBI is located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. EBI staff enjoy many benefits including sports facilities, a free shuttle bus to Cambridge and other nearby centres, and an attractive working environment set in 55 acres of parkland. Our salary scales are very competitive. For further information please visit www.ebi.ac.uk

Requirements

The postholder should ideally hold an MSc, PhD or equivalent in Bioinformatics, Biology, IT, Computer Science or related fields.

The candidate must have an understanding of the biology of gene expression regulation, as well as current technologies and ongoing research in the field of epigenomics. They must also have experience with international scientific collaborations. They should also have some experience of coding, as well as personnel and project management.

Although the job has a clear technical component, the key attributes sought are the ability to work in a team, and to communicate both biological and computational ideas to biologists and programmers (orally and in writing) to help define the direction of the project. Ensembl is a 40+ staff project, and the Project Leader will have to be organized in order to meet our regular deadlines, reports and procedures.

About Our Organization

The EBI is a part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and is Europe's leading provider of information services to biological researchers in academia and industry. EBI is located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. EBI staff enjoy many benefits including sports facilities, a free shuttle bus to Cambridge and other nearby centres, and an attractive working environment set in 55 acres of parkland. Our salary scales are very competitive. For further information please visit www.ebi.ac.uk

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