Gene Expression Team Leader

European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
Job Location
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK
United Kingdom
Job Description

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated Team Leader to join the Gene Expression team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. We are seeking an experienced bioinformatician to manage and develop the EMBL-EBI's gene expression resources and services, and specifically the Molecular Atlas – a database providing information about what molecules are present in which biological samples or conditions, either in absolute or relative terms. EMBL-EBI has made a strategic commitment to continue the development of this field, and to expand the expression resources to include information about increasing number of conditions and types of biological molecules. The successful candidate will lead a growing team, currently consisting of six staff members and will be responsible for managing all aspects of data flow, analysis and presentation. This includes managing the data submissions, running the archive of functional genomics data ArrayExpress and building the added value Expression Atlas. The Gene Expression Team Leader will work closely with the Functional Genomics Software Development Team and other teams at EMBL-EBI, in particular with the European Nucleotide Archive, Proteomics Services, and Ensembl teams to ensure smooth data flow, avoiding duplication and eventually creating the added value for the Molecular Atlas. As a member of EMBL Faculty, the post holder will report to the Gene Expression Senior Team Leader, and jointly with the Senior Team leader and other senior staff will develop and refine the EMBL-EBI strategy in this area. More specifically the responsibilities will include: - Developing, building and representing the content of ArrayExpress and Expression Atlas; - Managing the team’s budget and staff; communicating with the EMBL’s HR and Grants offices; - Participating in related projects across the EBI, collaborating closely with other Team Leaders and other staff at EBI, and in particular with Functional Genomics Software development team; - Contributing to the development of the organisational strategy; - Participating in external collaborations, presenting work in international meetings; - Preparing scientific publications and presenting work at scientific conferences; - Identifying and discussing with the Senior Team Leader appropriate funding opportunities and applying for external grants; At EMBL-EBI 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 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.


Our ideal candidate will have: - At least an MSc degree or equivalent in bioinformatics, life sciences, computing or statistics; - At least 6 years experience working in the field of bioinformatics, including Next-generation sequencing; - At least 2 years experience in managing personnel; - In-depth knowledge of bioinformatics, computer science, software engineering, relational databases, statistics, gene expression and high throughput sequencing analysis and biology; - Experience of scientific and technical writing; - Experience in at least some of the following: software development (Java, Perl, R, shell), methodologies (Agile, Scrum), Unix, high-performance computing platforms (LSF), search technologies (Lucene, Solr), Apache/Tomcat, curation, ontologies, web design, semantic web and data mining. The Team Leader should possess excellent communication and presentation skills, an ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team and to work in a collaborative environment. Excellent English skills are essential.

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About Our Organization

Interviews for this position will be held on 24th October 2014. EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review. We welcome applications from all nationalities. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

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