Head of EMBL - Barcelona, Spain

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Barcelona (Spain)
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Oct 05, 2016
Nov 02, 2016
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Full Time

Head of EMBL  - Barcelona

Location: Barcelona, Spain Staff Category: Staff Member Grading: 12 Closing Date: 6 November 2016 Reference Number: BA_00001

Job Description

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory, EMBL is an international research organisation publicly funded by more than 20 member states with a headquarters laboratory in Heidelberg and four sites in Hinxton (the European Bioinformatics Institute, EMBL-EBI), Grenoble, Hamburg and Monterotondo.

A sixth EMBL site is being established in Barcelona, Spain, and EMBL is searching for a Head of the EMBL Barcelona Unit. The focus of the new site will be the experimental and computational investigation of tissue biology and disease modeling at the level of tissues and organs.

The scientific programme of EMBL emphasizes experimental analysis at multiple levels of biological organisation, from the molecule to the organism, as well as computational biology, bioinformatics and systems biology. Within this structure, EMBL Barcelona will add a new dimension in tissue and organ biology. We intend to recruit six junior research groups by the end of 2021 in addition to the group of the Head of Unit. We will also appoint a head of a mesoscopic imaging core facility, and a small administrative team.

The Head of EMBL Barcelona reports directly to the Director General and will have a decisive role in developing the overall strategy for the EMBL Programme in Barcelona. He/she will be accountable for its execution, including the hiring and mentoring of research group leaders. As an active scientist and member of EMBL Faculty, the successful candidate will also maintain personal scientific and technical contacts internationally at the highest level. She/he is expected to contribute greatly to the success of the EMBL Barcelona site and, through participation in EMBL’s collegial leadership structure, of EMBL as a whole.

Key Activities

The Head of EMBL Barcelona will:

  • be responsible for the setting of programmatic priorities and resource planning;

  • lead his/her own research group and select, lead and mentor  faculty members;

  • ensure the maintenance of world-class standards of research throughout the site;

  • lead the on-site preparation for regular Programme reviews;

  • provide regular information and status reports to the Director General;

  • report as required by EMBL Council and other external committees and to the community at large via conferences and special events;

  • actively participate in the senior scientific, strategic and administrative leadership of EMBL;

  • identify opportunities for improvement/development within EMBL Barcelona.

The tasks are not limited to the above and a flexible approach and ability to adapt to evolving situations in a dynamic organization is required.

Key Requirements

The chosen candidate will have an outstanding record in a field of Tissue, Organ or Organismal Biology, will possess scientific vision and leadership skills, will wish to work in an open, collaborative environment and will possess administrative competence as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Basic requirements for the position include a PhD in the biomedical sciences and a proven record of scientific leadership and proven experience in international scientific collaboration. Substantial management and leadership experience within a scientific organisation, preferably international, is also required. Excellent organisational skills and a very good knowledge of English are essential.

Key Competences

  • The ability to think strategically, to take effective decisions and provide leadership.

  • The capacity to understand the perspective of key decision makers and partners – to think through their needs and interests to identify their agenda.

  • The ability to build strong and effective links within and outside the organisation.

  • Initiative, pro-activeness and very good negotiation skills.

Application Instructions

Please apply online by clicking on the 'Apply' button sending a CV and motivation letter

Questions concerning the role should be sent to the EMBL Director General, Iain Mattaj, at dg-office@embl.org and any queries regarding the terms and conditions should be sent to the Head of Human Resources, Roland Block, at roland.block@embl.de .

Additional Information

EMBL offers a highly collaborative, uniquely international culture. It fosters top quality, interdisciplinary research by promoting a vibrant environment consisting of independent research groups with access to outstanding graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and core facilities.

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 atmosphere. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including the family.

Please note that this is a tenure-eligible appointment.