Project Lead - European Genome-phenome Archive

  • EMBL
  • United Kingdom
  • Oct 6, 2020
Science Full Time - Fixed Term

Job Description:

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking a Project Lead to join the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) to provide project coordination for a collaboration between the UK Biobank and the EGA to archive and distribute 500,000 whole-genomes and 500,000 exomes.

UK Biobank is a major national health resource with the aim of improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses - including cancer, heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, eye disorders, depression and forms of dementia. UK Biobank recruited 500,000 people aged between 40-69 years in 2006-10 from across the UK. They have undergone measures, provided blood, urine and saliva samples for future analysis, given detailed information about themselves and agreed to have their health followed. Over the next few years, all of the participants will have their genome sequenced and the genetic and phenotype data will be made available for approved researchers.

The EGA is a resource for permanent secure archiving and sharing of all types of potentially identifiable genetic and phenotypic data resulting from biomedical research projects. Its aim is to provide access to data, to foster data re-use, to enable reproducibility and to speed up biomedical and translational research in line with the ‘FAIR’ (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles. The EGA project is part of the ENA/EGA/EVA Archive Infrastructure team led by Thomas Keane, this is part of the Molecular Archives Cluster at EMBL-EBI.

As Project Lead, you will have a central role in coordinating the EGA-UK Biobank collaboration deliverables by interacting with multiple groups including the EGA team (Software Developers, DevOps, Helpdesk), EBI Technology and Science Integration Cluster, and UK Biobank to ensure successful delivery of the project goals. You will have line management responsibilities for up to three staff members (Bioinformaticians, and Development Operations). This position is an exciting opportunity to become involved in a project that has the potential to be truly transformative for human genetics. Initial appointment will be for two years with potential for extension based on successful delivery of the service and external funding continuity.

The main activities that you will be involved in are:

The successful applicant should have:

Other skills and experience that would be advantageous include:

EMBL-EBI is a worldwide leader in bioinformatics. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by over 27 member states and two associate member states. We encourage personal and professional development and are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their potential at work.

Surrounded by picturesque South Cambridgeshire countryside, our Campus provides employees with a relaxed atmosphere where the pursuit of scientific discovery and meaningful work, underpin every role. In addition, our employees have access to a wide range of benefits including:

This will be a busy role with frequently changing priorities. You may from time to time have to attend meetings outside normal working hours and undertake international travel. This role is not suitable for part-time working.

This role is based in Hinxton, UK and you will be expected to relocate. More info on how we are recruiting in this period is available on our page: Recruitment and Onboarding during Covid19.

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system. EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer. Applications are encouraged from all nationalities and this has continued after Brexit. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

This position is limited to a 2 year duration estimated until 29/03/2023.

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

Appointment will be based on merit alone.