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Euro-BioImaging Bio-Hub - Scientific Project Manager for EOSC-Life

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) - Imaging Infrastructure Strategy Development

About the team/job

The Euro-BioImaging Bio-Hub hosted by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is seeking for a highly motivated science professional to support the EC-funded EOSC-Life project (, including user project management, relevant engagement with the imaging community and outreach activities to researchers in the life sciences, as part of the operation of the European research infrastructure Euro-BioImaging ERIC ( Euro-BioImaging ERIC offers life scientists open access to imaging instruments, expertise, training opportunities, and data management services that they do not find at their home institutions or among their collaboration partners. All scientists, regardless of affiliation, area of expertise, or field of activity, can benefit from these pan-European open access services. Euro-BioImaging offers state-of-the-art imaging services through its internationally renowned facilities, called Nodes. These Nodes are distributed across Euro-BioImaging’s 16 members. The management entity of Euro-BioImaging, the so-called Hub, is distributed across three sites: the legal seat is based in Finland, the Med-Hub in Italy, and the Bio-Hub is hosted by EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany. This post is for the Bio-Hub at EMBL. The EOSC-Life project brings together the 13 Life Science ‘ESFRI’ research infrastructures to create an open, digital and collaborative space for biological and medical research. The project publishes ‘FAIR’ (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data and a catalogue of services provided by participating RIs for the management, storage and reuse of data in the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). EOSC-Life implements workflows that cross disciplines and address the needs of interdisciplinary science. Through calls for user projects, hackathons and bring-your-own-data events the consortium co-creates EOSC-Life with the scientific user communities, providing a blueprint for how the EOSC supports wide-spread and excellent data-driven life science research. WP3 is in charge of operating the calls for and management of the successful user projects.

Your role

The successful applicant will co-lead EOSC-Life WP3 together with the project manager appointed by the research infrastructure Instruct ERIC and support the Director of the Bio-Hub at EMBL in managing relevant aspects of the Euro-BioImaging operation. S/He will be integrated into the international Bio-Hub team, working closely together with colleagues that are professionals in the fields of imaging technologies, project management, communication & outreach, image data analysis and science policy. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Representing imaging community needs in the building and development of EOSC-Life
  • Strategic and day-to-day management of EOSC-Life WP3 operation in close collaboration with all involved infrastructure partners and user projects
  • Supporting the successful WP3 user projects in close collaboration with technical experts affiliated with all relevant EOSC-Life partners, representing the different Life Science research infrastructures
  • Effective and proactive communication on processes and operational outcomes to WP3 partners and the EOSC-Life project management
  • Preparation of WP3 milestones and deliverables for further dissemination
  • Connecting to the data and cloud service sites of the research infrastructures for commonly achieving sustainability of the established technical framework of open EOSC-Life services
  • Dissemination of the portfolio of EOSC-Life shared services to the scientific community and engagement with users through workshops, training courses, and presentations at international conferences
  • Communication and outreach activities to advertise Euro-BioImaging’s service portfolio in national and international life sciences’ events;
  • Strategic support for the Euro-BioImaging Hub and Nodes in preparing for participation in future Horizon Europe consortia Outreach to other European research infrastructures in the life sciences, also for supporting advanced user projects with request for common access

You have

We are looking for a motivated self-starter with an open attitude towards new responsibilities and tasks. The successful applicant will have an intrinsic motivation to deliver, be well structured, rigorous and able to work independently. We welcome a creative, problem-solving colleague, who enjoys working in an international interdisciplinary team within a highly collaborative atmosphere.

  • PhD in the life sciences ideally followed by additional professional experience in academia or industry (postdoctoral training, service provision in a core facility, science project management, etc.).
  • Experience in biological imaging technologies and/or image data management.
  • Experience in scientific project management in a competitive research environment.
  • Proven ability to effectively interact with multiple stakeholders on international and interdisciplinary level and the ability to move between the scientific and managerial level.
  • Excellent organisational, management, prioritising, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Passionate about improving research conditions for European scientists by providing services to the community with a high motivation to leave an impact at work.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to proactively identify promising solutions even when working under tight deadlines. Fluency in written and spoken English.

You might also have

  • Experience in user support in microscopy facilities.
  • Experience in funding acquisition and reporting duties.
  • Experience in communication, marketing and professional networking.

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 a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits. Excellent child care facility is available on campus.

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. The working language of the institute is English. In your online application, you will be asked to include a cover letter, CV and the contact details of 3 referees. Further information about the position can be obtained from Frauke Leitner (, Scientific Project Manager and Technology Advisor; and Antje Keppler (, Section Director Bio-Hub.

Location: Heidelberg - Germany
Salary: Administrative Officer (gr. 4-6)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th June 2021
Closes: 25th June 2021
Job Ref: HD01989
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