Team Leader - Genomics Technology Infrastructure

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

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 sport and social club and an attractive working environment set in 55 acres of parkland.

Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated Team Leader to lead the Genomics Technology Infrastructure Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

The Team Leader will manage and develop the core infrastructure, analysis and production pipelines supporting the Ensembl project. Ensembl is one of the world’s leading resources for genomic research and EMBL-EBI is committed to the long term expansion of value-added genomics resources delivered through the Ensembl platform. This position is part of a strategic expansion of the Ensembl and Ensembl Genomes project leadership team designed to increase the scope, efficiency and effectiveness of EMBL-EBI’s genome annotation resources.

 The successful candidate will lead a growing team, currently consisting of 12 staff members and will be responsible for maintain and developing all aspects of the Ensembl core software including our Perl and REST APIs as well as the development and deployment of new tools for interacting with and mining the Ensembl data. The role also includes overall responsibility for production and release of both the Ensembl and Ensembl Genomes resources including their BioMarts, which are comprehensively updated approximately five times each year.

The Genomics Technology Infrastructure Team Leader will work closely with other Team Leaders within the greater Ensembl project and other teams at EMBL-EBI to ensure an integrated data presentation and improved efficiency for all of EMBL-EBI’s genome annotation resources. As a member of EMBL Faculty, the post holder will report to the Vertebrate Genomics Senior Team Leader, and jointly with the Senior Team Leader and other senior Ensembl staff will develop and refine EMBL-EBI genome annotation strategy.

In addition to the above, more specific responsibilities will include:

  • Managing the team’s budget and staff; communicating with EMBL-EBI’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 other Team Leaders within the greater Ensembl project;
  • Contributing to the development of overall organisational strategy;
  • Participating in large-scale international scientific consortia as well as more targeted external collaborations;
  • Presenting work in international meetings and preparing scientific publications;
  • Identifying appropriate funding opportunities and applying for external grants.

 

The EBI, part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), 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 academia and industry. We are part of EMBL, Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences.

Requirements

Our ideal candidates will have:

  • A PhD in bioinformatics, life sciences, computing or statistics or an MSc degree with appropriate experience;
  • At least 6 years experience working in the field of bioinformatics, including experience with relevant types of data and formats;
  • At least 2 years experience in managing personnel;
  • In-depth knowledge of bioinformatics, computer science, software engineering, relational databases, process management and deployment of web based resources;
  • Experience of scientific and technical writing;
  • Experience with the following technologies: software development (C, Java, Perl, R shell), Unix, high-performance computing platforms (LSF), search technologies (Solr), curation, ontologies, web design and data mining (BioMart) 

 

The Team Leader should possess excellent communication and presentation skills, an ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team and to work in a collaborative, international environment. Excellent English skills are essential.

How to Apply

Please apply online through www.embl.org/jobs

About Our Organization

The EBI, part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), 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 academia and industry. We are part of EMBL, Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences.

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