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Bioinformatics Engineer

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Location: Heidelberg - Germany
Salary: Grade 4,5 or 6; depending on experience and qualifications
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 2nd December 2019
Closes: 10th January 2020
Job Ref: HD01661

About the team/job

The Bork and Zeller groups are seeking a bioinformatics engineer to provide technical support to the bioinformatics community at both at the institute and on the national level, via the groups' membership of the Heidelberg Node for Human Bioinformatics (HD-HuB) in the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI).

Your role

In this role you will work closely with researchers to maintain and develop bioinformatic tools and combine them into advanced workflows. You will be responsible for ensuring these are portable to a variety of compute environments, such as the de.NBI Cloud. Your responsibilities will also include maintenance and monitoring of various web resources provided to the research community by HD-HuB/de.NBI. As a core position in EMBL's Bio-IT Community, the role will provide you with the opportunity to contribute to efforts towards common infrastructure for sharing of (meta)data between groups and projects, and to help in the development and delivery of training in both fundamental skills for scientific computing (e.g. Software/Data/Library Carpentry workshops) and on specialised topics (e.g. use of cloud resources; application of HD-HuB tools). 

You have

  • Substantial experience of working at the interface between biology and computation
  • Desire to work closely with researchers to help them attain the goals of their projects
  • Good knowledge of one or more programming/scripting languages e.g. Python, R
  • Experience working in a distributed compute environment (HPC cluster or cloud)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Knowledge of a range of bioinformatics tools to provide support and training 

You might also have

  • D. in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or related fields, or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of tools to manage research analysis pipelines e.g. Common Workflow Language, NextFlow, Snakemake

Why join us

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprises from a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including your family and the availability of an excellent child care facility on campus. EMBL has a large thriving community of bioinformaticians, working in close collaboration with experimental scientists and with strong links to other local scientists and institutions. 

What else you need to know

We are Europe’s flagship research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1600 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome. Our mission is to offer vital services in training scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences and actively engage in technology transfer activities, and to integrate European life science research. Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

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