Data Coordinator - Hinxton near Cambridge, UK

EBI - Hinxton (UK)
Competitive Salary
Oct 03, 2016
Oct 24, 2016
Result Type
Position Type
Full Time

Data Coordinator

Location: EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK Staff Category: Staff member Contract Duration: 3 years Grading: 8 (monthly salary starting at £3,662 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here Closing Date: 23 October 2016 Reference Number: EBI_00820

Job Description

We’re looking for a coordinator to join the Data Coordination and Archiving Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). In this role you will be leading our efforts in large-scale data management of vertebrate genomics data generated from funded projects and managing internal submissions data processes across the Institute. Responsibilities will include leadership of the data management activities for several international consortia including the 1000 Genomes Project and the follow-on and expanded activities of the International Genome Sample Resource (ISGR). Other data management roles focus on functional genomics data e.g. International Human Epigenome Consortium (IHEC) as well as the HipSci, EBiSC and FAANG projects. Each of these projects has dedicated staff who will be managed by the coordinator.

As Coordinator, reporting to the head of the Data Coordination and Archiving Team, you will represent EMBL-EBI at the national and international level as appropriate, and represent your projects and tasks within international collaborations.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with the team leaders and personnel in the Molecular Archive Cluster to define data coordination best practice

  • Work with the team leaders and personnel in the Genes, Genomes and Variation Cluster as required to facilitate data incorporated in EMBL-EBI’s annotation resources

  • Plan data coordination efforts for collaborative and cross-cluster projects such as IGSR/FAANG

  • Work within EMBL-EBI to coordinate the Submissions interface project

  • Manage the day-to-day tasks of the Vertebrate Data Coordination sub-team and the Submissions interface team in their day to day tasks

  • Define technical issues in supporting the needs of different data collection projects and contribute to the development tools to enable project specific workflows

  • Work closely with other coordinators and project leads on data coordination practice to optimise the use, and inform the development of, technical infrastructure across EMBL-EBI teams

  • Work with the EMBL-EBI training team to deliver training and documentation for the team’s activities and projects

  • Communicate the team’s work internally and to researchers in the field

  • Author papers relevant to services delivered by the team

  • Represent the team at internal and external meetings/conferences to present the services and data provided by the team

  • Manage reporting and dissemination of work to funders and assist with development of new collaborations and grants

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 22 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

Qualifications and Experience

You should hold a first degree in a biological science or in Bioinformatics, and ideally you will have post-doctoral or equivalent experience in a biomedical research or service environment. A higher degree (e.g. MSc or PhD) is required.

Proven experience with large-scaled omics data sets in a bioinformatics research or production environment is preferred, as is experience of high throughput file transfer methods, process tracking, metadata standards and data QC. Familiarity with Perl/Python/Java, SQL, and data manipulation in a bioinformatics environment are required.

You should also be able to demonstrate experience of leading a team with diverse responsibilities and of international collaboration. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and interpersonal skills are required, as is project and personnel management experience. You will manage the activities of a small team, report on these and communicate scientific outcomes.


EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation.

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

Application Instructions

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

Additional Information

Applications are welcome from all nationalities - visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

The initial contract is for a period of three years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.

It is envisaged that interviews will take place on 08.11.2016