Team Leader – EGA and Archive Infrastructure

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

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) seeks a Team Leader to provide visionary leadership of the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) database and the associated sequence archive infrastructure.

You will lead a faculty level team consisting of approximately 15 staff members. The team is responsible for strategic leadership of the EBI portion of the EGA project - a joint project between the EBI and the Center for Regulatory Genomics (GRC) in Barcelona. The team is also responsible for the data archival infrastructure that is used by both the EGA and the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA) and European Variation Archive (EVA), as well as for the data presentation for these archives.

Reporting to the Head of the newly created Molecular Sequence Archive Cluster, the Team Leader will be expected to work closely with the teams within the cluster to ensure data flow and infrastructure development are coordinated. This is particularly important for ENA which has shared infrastructure with EGA. You will also form external collaborations and raise funds via competitive peer-reviewed grants to supplement core funding allocated for the team leader position, staff members and computational infrastructure as well as providing leadership and management for existing grants. A key task of the team will be the continued development of EBI's high-value archive resources designed to serve as a platform for research into molecular medicine, disease and connections between genome variation and phenotype for human and other species.

Existing and newly developed archival resources will be coordinated and integrated to the extent appropriate with major existing EBI projects such as Ensembl, UniProt, the BioSamples database and Gene Expression Atlas. In addition, the team leader will be expected to develop connections with appropriate health care and research organisations in Europe and worldwide such as the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH).


The ideal candidate will hold an MD or a PhD in Genetics, Molecular Biology, Computer Science or other relevant field with postdoctoral experience. Applicants with considerable demonstrated experience of team leadership in the specific fields will also be considered. All candidates are required to have practical with bioinformatics, genome-wide computational analysis and database infrastructure, preferably in a production environment. It would be a distinct advantage to have personnel and project management experience and demonstrated potential of successful application and management of external grants, although this is not essential.

Excellent English, both written and oral, and interpersonal skills are essential.

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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.

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