Head of Technical Services

  • EMBL
  • United Kingdom
  • Nov 24, 2021
Technology Full Time - Fixed Term

Job Description:

We are looking for an experienced technical leader to develop and implement the technology strategy for our world-leading bioinformatics centre, 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.    

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.

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: For more details please see our employee benefits page.