Job: Genome Analysis Team Leader

We are excited to launch a Team Leader EMBL Faculty position to head the ongoing developments and manage the emerging demands of Ensembl as lead of the Genome Analysis team at EMBL-EBI.

Location:EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Contract Duration: 5 years (renewable to a maximum of 9 years)
Grading:Grade 9 – (monthly salary starting at £5,596 after tax + other paid benefits based on personal circumstances)
Closing Date:14 July 2024
Reference Number:EBI02254
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Over the past five years, the Ensembl project has witnessed a dramatic growth in the breadth of species and depth of genomic annotations, which are collectively integrated into the Ensembl data stores. With major global biodiversity initiatives and increasing efforts to apply genomics in agriculture to improve productivity and sustainability, coupled with the continued evolution of sequencing technologies, the rate of data growth is expected to continue. To accommodate these burgeoning volumes of genomic data, a new generation of Ensembl browser has been developed, supported by a complex backend infrastructure.

Your role

Your primary responsibility will be to lead a multidisciplinary team of approximately 20 staff members, including software developers, bioinformaticians and data curators to build coordinated data infrastructures to service different scientific communities that leverage the underlying Ensembl infrastructure. This may include ‘omic data portals or tracking tools for agriculture and biodiversity.

You will work closely with other Team Leaders within the broader Ensembl project, as well as other teams at EMBL-EBI, including our biomolecular data archival resources, to ensure an integrated data presentation, improve efficiency, and produce timely data releases for querying and data retrieval via the Ensembl browser or associated application program interface (API).

In your role you will develop a technical knowledge of scientific service software development and a proven ability to strategically coordinate development of complex resources and transition legacy codebases. In particular, you will develop the scientific strategy concerning the genomes, data types and visualisation that are required by the scientific community. This will involve initiating new approaches to how genomic data is co-ordinated and distributed to ensure that Ensembl represents global genomic research efforts. To be successful in this role, you will be required to anticipate future data resource needs of researchers in the field, as well as understand the importance of teamwork and collaboration, and being focused on the delivery of key tasks.

Thus, we are looking for a scientist with a passion for open data, who will undertake scientific horizon scanning, strategic thinking, fundraising, and assume a leading role in the engagement and collaboration with a wide variety of stakeholders in Europe and globally.

This role reports to the Section Head for Genome Assembly and Annotation, Rob Finn.Apply now

Closing date: 14 July 2024

  • Contract duration: 5 years (renewable to a maximum of 9 years)
  • Grading: Grade 9 – (monthly salary starting at £5,596 after tax + other paid benefits based on personal circumstances)
  • Reference number: EBI02254


You have

  • A PhD degree in a relevant field, or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Good understanding of the bioinformatics data landscape, for example, data standards and analysis workflows.
  • Expertise using genomics data, analysis methods, and/or the different types of data that are utilised for genome annotation. This could be demonstrated via research articles, datasets or software products.
  • Project management and staff management experience. This would also include experience in managing software transitions from legacy to adopt more modern approaches.
  • An understanding of agile software development processes.
  • Excellent communication skills – ability to engage within the wider genomics community.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a collaborative spirit.
  • An established profile in the international research community with connections to key players and institutes particularly in the areas of animal agriculture, aquaculture and/or biodiversity.
  • In-depth knowledge of the following: bioinformatics, software engineering, relational databases, data portal development, data standards, genomics, ontologies, functional annotation, and high throughput sequencing analysis;
  • The ambition and drive to develop high-impact data services for the wider research community.

You might also have

  • Experience in writing successful grants.
  • Experience in budget management.
  • Familiarity with at least some of the following: workflow managers, data warehousing technology, high- performance computing platforms, data visualisation, curation, statistics, and data mining.
  • A track record in leading scientific projects.
  • Experience designing databases, developing websites and/or working with big data.
  • Participation in multi-institute collaborations.
  • Presented at international meetings.
  • Participation in public-private scientific partnerships
  • Leading Data Coordination Centres
  • Experience leading work packages for complex multi-partner grants and chairing international steering groups and committees on technical and scientific subjects; 

Why join us

Do something meaningful
At EMBL-EBI you can apply your talent and passion to accelerate science and tackle some of humankind’s greatest challenges. EMBL-EBI, part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, is a worldwide leader in the storage, analysis and dissemination of large biological datasets. We provide the global research community with access to publicly available databases and tools which are crucial for the advancement of healthcare, food security, and biodiversity.

Join a culture of innovation
We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus, alongside other prominent research and biotech organisations, and surrounded by beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. This is a highly collaborative and inclusive community where our employees enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. We are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their professional potential.

Enjoy lots of benefits:

  • Financial incentives: Monthly family, child and non-resident allowances, annual salary review, pension scheme, death benefit, long-term care, accident-at-work and unemployment insurances
  • Flexible working arrangements including hybrid working patterns
  • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover)
  • Generous time off:30 days annual leave per year, in addition to eight bank holidays
  • Relocation package including installation grant (if required)
  • Campus life: Free shuttle bus to and from work, on-site library, subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria, casual dress code, extensive sports and social club activities (on campus and remotely)
  • Family benefits: On-site nursery, 10 days of child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances
  • Benefits for non-UK residents: Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance.

For more details please see our employee benefits page.

Join our diverse team and help power the next generation of discoveries in the life sciences.

Working at EMBL-EBI

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“We have a lot of smart people here. I really enjoy making sure they have the right environment to maximise their potential.”
Andy Yates, Team Leader

What else you need to know

  • Contract duration: 5 years (renewable to a maximum of 9 years)
  • International applicants: We recruit internationally and successful candidates are offered visa exemptions. Read more on our page for international applicants
  • Diversity and inclusion: At EMBL-EBI, we strongly believe that inclusive and diverse teams benefit from higher levels of innovation and creative thought. We encourage applications from women, LGBTQ+ and individuals from all nationalities. 
  • How to apply: In your application letter (no more than 2 pages), please describe how your experience fits the role, including some or all of the key requirements and desirable qualifications. Please also briefly address your view of the future use of the human genome in understanding variation, regulation and/or evolution.
  • Interviews: If invited for an interview you will be asked to give a 15-minute presentation that demonstrates your previous experience, what you would bring to the role (5 minutes) and what your approach and vision would be to leading the development of the human genomics team, especially in the context of Ensembl, and what you think the challenges will be (10 minutes). Interviews will be virtual and take place in July/August 2024.
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