Technical Coordinator: ELIXIR Human Genomics and Translational Data Services

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 6 (monthly salary starting at £2,805.45 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here

Job Description
We are seeking to recruit a Technical Coordinator to join the ELIXIR team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.  

ELIXIR is a unique undertaking that consolidates Europe’s bioinformatics resources, services, and national centres into a single, coherent infrastructure.

ELIXIR ensures interoperable tools, long-term sustainability and the reuse of life-science data by supporting community standards and running common services. As a distributed research infrastructure ELIXIR is built upon the bioinformatics services provided by the national ELIXIR Nodes.

The main purpose of this role is to provide the technical project management and service coordination needed to deliver an ELIXIR-wide comprehensive approach to the management, archiving, and responsible sharing of human data consented for reuse in scientific research.

Reporting to ELIXIR’s Head of Human Genomics and Translational Data you will
develop ELIXIR’s portfolio of projects in this area and participate actively in the development and promotion of best practices within ELIXIR. You will work with the scientists and technical experts at our 160 partner institutes across ELIXIR Nodes to ensure interoperable and long-term services.

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide bioinformatics technical knowledge and expertise within the Human Genomics and Translational Data domain to:
    • lead technical planning;
    • assess feasibility of activities coordinated by the ELIXIR Hub;
    • identify existing technical solutions and components within ELIXIR that can be adapted and reused in different contexts;
    • develop innovative approaches to drive impact, increase capacity and enable future scalability of resources and services;
    • identify opportunities and risks for delivering ELIXIR human data services;
  • Responsible for providing day-to-day management and coordination of ELIXIR human genomics and translational data projects and service portfolio ensuring impact;
  • Survey the literature and conferences to identify findings from the broader scientific community that could be integrated into ELIXIR projects;
  • Review and document progress and reports, continually assessing impact;

Qualifications and Experience
You should hold a university degree in in bioinformatics or medical informatics. An advanced degree in one of these fields is an advantage. 

You should ideally have:

  • Experience in an informatics-intensive biomedical research environment handling sensitive human data;
  • Demonstrated understanding of information security vulnerabilities and risk management;
  • Track record of coordinating and motivating technical teams in a distributed environment to deliver against challenging goals and timelines;
  • Familiarity with network technologies, authentication standards, database management systems and data integration techniques;
  • Experience in developing community standards or involvement in data repositories;
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving abilities;
  • Service oriented and outcome focused approach;
  • Demonstrate the flexibility, self-motivation and resilience required to independently deliver against agreed outcomes;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and engage with community initiatives;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and preferably other European language(s).

This will be a busy role with frequently changing priorities so it is important that the role-holder is able to:

  • Set objectives and plan work independently based on agreed outcomes;
  • Meet deadlines and assess priorities to handle a heavy workload;
  • Work to a high level of accuracy and attention to detail;
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