Open Targets Platform Coordinator

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. For more information about pay and benefits click here

Job Description

We are looking for an experienced bioinformatician, computer scientist or drug discovery scientist to provide leadership for the core Open Targets Platform project involved in large-scale biological data analysis and integration for drug target identification and prioritisation.

The position is based in dedicated Open Targets space within EMBL-EBI and reports to the Open Targets Scientific Director.
Your role

Responsibilities will involve setting the scientific strategy for the OT Platform and related projects, day to day management of core database projects, including the team that generates the OT Platform, and setting priorities in line with agreed strategy together with a Project Manager. The postholder will synthesise strategy from input from multiple stakeholders within the Open Targets partnership, in the context of current thinking in the field of target identification and prioritisation. In addition, the post holder will have accountability for establishing and maintaining release schedules and ensuring stability and reproducibility of production systems.

The post represents an excellent opportunity to lead the development of the core data integration within Open Targets and to be involved in a rapidly evolving field.


You have

  • a PhD or equivalent experience in computational biology, bioinformatics, early stage drug discovery or related field;
  • previous experience in bioinformatics, database technologies and/or genome-wide biological data analysis;
  • a proven track record of working on large-scale biological data analysis or software engineering projects and understanding of the challenges posed by such collaborative projects, including flexibility, tight deadlines, and use of state of the art bioinformatics approaches.
  • experience in a relevant coding language and modern technologies in cloud computing;
  • excellent interpersonal and organisational skills
  • the ability to communicate complex bioinformatics ideas in person and in writing to scientists throughout Open Targets and to the Open Targets Platform users.

You might also have

  • previous experience within a drug discovery context;
  • an understanding of the use of biological ontologies;
  • decision making and problem solving skills, alongside the ability to deliver a quality product within fixed deadlines;
  • previous experience in a leadership role, or demonstrable leadership potential.
How to Apply

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.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr Ian Dunham.

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

Applications will close at 23:00 British time on the date listed above.

About Our Organization

Why join us
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