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Phenomics Team Leader

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Location: Cambridge, Hinxton
Salary: £4,847.78 monthly starting salary after tax (Grade 9)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd August 2019
Closes: 4th October 2019
Job Ref: EBI01500

About the team/job

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) seeks a Phenomics Team Leader to provide leadership for a newly created Team which will bring together existing phenomics projects including those for model species (Knockout Mouse Project 2, PDXFinder, EDiREX) and projects relevant for human health including the GWAS Catalog, Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH).  The Phenomics Team Lead will also collaborate with Health Data Research UK where EMBL-EBI contributes to the UK national Phenomics platform, ( and is a partner in the HDR UK Cambridge site.

The successful applicant will lead a team consisting of approximately 15 staff members working on diverse phenomics projects and will develop new collaborations and projects in the area of phenomics and translational research as well as integrating phenomics data into EMBL-EBI data resources.   

Your role

You will report to the Head of the Molecular Archive Cluster, will work closely with members of the Cluster and colleagues within the wider EMBL-EBI who deliver core data resources for the biomedical user community. In addition, the team leader will also extend existing connections with relevant health data research organisations in Europe and worldwide such as the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH).

You will provide leadership of EMBL-EBI’s phenomics activities across a diverse range of collaborative activities in Europe and Internationally. This will involve collaboration across biomedical domains and you will grow EMBL-EBI’s health data research collaboration portfolio.

You will build on previous work at EMBL-EBI which has provided community access to phenotypic data for model systems and will extend and apply analysis tools for phenomic data building on prior experience, for example with the BioConductor PhenStat package (10.18129/B9.bioc.PhenStat)

You will extend the Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies Team’s phenomics platforms for the acquisition, management and analysis of high throughput phenomics data for multiple species and will work to present this data for the benefit of translational users.

You will work to improve the integration of structured phenomic data into EMBL-EBI and external informatics resources via the development and implementation of international standards (e.g. Phenopackets

You have

The ideal candidate will hold an MSc and/or a PhD in biomedicine, bioinformatics or related field and will have experience with the development of service delivery to biomedical users, preferably in a production environment. Candidates with a computer science background with significant biomedical experience are encouraged to apply.

  • Experience in the generation, analysis or delivery of high throughput phenomic data in an academic or industrial environment
  • A track record in developing funding applications
  • Experience in managing a team
  • Experience delivering academic or industrial data access via an informatics platform

Demonstrated experience in building professional relationships on all levels within an organization (i.e. senior management, interns, peers);

  • Experience in managing conflicting, complex, deadline-driven priorities;
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills;
  • Demonstrable problem-solving skills;
  • Adaptability to different working styles, both independently and as part of a team.

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