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Head of Technical Services

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) - Technical Services

About the team/job

We are looking for an experienced technical leader to develop and implement the technology strategy for our world-leading bioinformatics centre, leading a large-scale technical transformation as we embrace a hybrid cloud model of infrastructure provision.

EMBL-EBI provides biological data to the scientific community, with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation. We develop and maintain the most comprehensive set of biomolecular databases worldwide, and serve this data openly to the research community, often in collaboration with international partners.

As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), EMBL-EBI delivers a large range of services across many highly accessed data resources including the European Nucleotide Archive, UniProt and Ensembl. In addition to the public data resources, EMBL-EBI houses approximately 20 computational research groups and a total of nearly 1000 staff. 

Your role

You will set the strategic direction for the Technical Services Section of around 100 people operating across six functional teams - Software Development and Operations, Systems Applications, Systems Infrastructure, Technology and Science Integration, Web Development and Web Production. The teams deliver a set of research and enterprise computing services through use of three leased data centres, high performance networks, over 400PB of raw storage, 40,000+ cores of compute, and over 3000 VMware hosted virtual machines.

We are continuing a technical transformation toward a hybrid cloud model of infrastructure provision as a result of EMBL-EBI’s growth in the last decade. Our technical services must support a continual increase both in the worldwide external use of our data services and in the volume of data both flowing in and out of our data centres.

Key challenges of the role include managing a diverse collection of technologies and partnering with the major data resources to modernise and streamline the EMBL-EBI technology portfolio. Building successful relationships within EMBL and with international partners is an important part of the role. 

You have

  • Extensive experience of leading technical teams in a complex service environment encompassing both research and enterprise IT services.
  • Wide-ranging knowledge of storage systems, databases, digital based applications and open-source systems in a complex quantitative computing environment
  • Advanced leadership and communication skills suited to a team-orientated, collaborative work environment
  • Proven success in strategic technical planning and implementation
  • Track record of complex project management and effective resource loading, budgeting and financial management
  • Thorough understanding of information security vulnerabilities and risk management
  • Exceptional analytical, evaluative and problem-solving skills combined with a strong service orientation
  • Fluent spoken and written English 

You might also have

  • A second European language
  • Experience with academic and/or life sciences environment. 

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 including 17% employer contribution, death benefit, long-term care, accident-at-work and unemployment insurances
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • 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

What else you need to know

  • Contract duration: This position is a 5 year contract, 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. 
  • Job location: This role is based in Hinxton, near Cambridge, UK. You will be required to relocate if you are based overseas and you will receive a generous relocation package to support you.
  • How to apply: To apply please submit a cover letter and a CV through our online system. We aim to provide a response within two weeks after the closing date: 2nd January 2022. 
Location: Hinxton
Salary: Grade 9-11
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 24th November 2021
Closes: 31st December 2021
Job Ref: EBI01927
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