Micro-organisms Project Leader

Job Location
Wellcome Genome Campus
CB10 1SD
United Kingdom
Grade 7 (monthly salary starting from £3,152 net of tax plus mobility and other allowances where applicable)

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 seeking an experienced and creative bioinformatician to join the Ensembl Genomes Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. You will take on a project leader role, with responsibility for the development of resources for bacteria, fungi and protists within the Ensembl framework.

Ensembl Genomes (http://www.ensemblgenomes.org) provides access to genome-scale data, including structural and functional annotation, comparative analysis, and polymorphism data, from non-vertebrate species, utilising the Ensembl software platform. Dedicated project leaders focus on invertebrate vectors of disease, flatworms and roundworms, and plant species. We are now looking to hire an additional project leader, alongside these existing staff, to work on microorganisms.

You will be responsible for line managing a small group working on microorganisms, and who collectively are responsible for the generation, integration and dissemination of genomic data from microbial species; you will contribute directly to this work. You will also work with the other project leaders in planning the content of Ensembl Genomes releases; oversee our contribution to two collaborative projects, PomBase and PhytoPath (focused on fission yeast, and plant pathogen species, respectively). Finally, you will be work together with the Ensembl Genomes team leader to make new contacts with the user community, promote the resources and contribute to grant-writing and other activities. The post would be suitable for an experienced bioinformatician with a desire to take on project leadership responsibilities; and is an excellent opportunity to both shape and develop the next generation of EMBL-EBI's databases and services aimed at microbial researchers.


You will have a degree in biological or computer science together with at least 3 years proven professional programming experience. You should also have at least 3 years professional experience working in a biological or bioinformatics research or service-oriented environment. Advanced knowledge of at least one modern programming language is required; some experience with Perl is essential. You will be familiar with relational database management systems; specific experience with MySQL would be advantageous. Knowledge of the following would be highly desirable: Drupal, Git, Linux, software testing, and Ensembl. Experience of working with genome-scale data is also essential.

You needs to have strong communication skills, and be keen to promote Ensembl services for microorganisms widely. Prior involvement in collaborative projects is essential. Experience in project or team management, in grant writing, or in producing first author publications, is highly desirable. Candidates without such experiences will be expected to demonstrate their suitability for the role based on their career to date.

A flexible mind-set, a capacity for independent work, and a commitment to the delivery of a high-quality public service are additionally required.

How to Apply

Please apply online through www.embl.org/jobs

About Our Organization

EMBL-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 have close ties with both the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Applications are welcome from all nationalities - 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.

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

It is envisaged that interviews will take place on the 22.06.2016

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