Chief Technical Officer - ELIXIR

  • EMBL
  • United Kingdom
  • Oct 17, 2020
Science Full Time - Fixed Term

Job Description:

ELIXIR is a distributed research infrastructure that supports the management, analysis and safeguarding of the increasing volume of data being generated by publicly funded research. ELIXIR's 23 Nodes connect hundreds of institutes across our European member states.      

We have an opportunity for a dynamic and experienced manager to join us as the new ELIXIR Chief Technical Officer.

As CTO you will establish and maintain effective relationships with national ELIXIR Nodes and other European partners to drive the development distributed services from Nodes across Europe.

You enjoy leading and developing people and as CTO you will lead a team of six experienced scientific coordinators. Reporting to the ELIXIR Director and an active member of the ELIXIR Hub Management Team you will combine your knowledge and experience of life science data with management and technical leadership to drive delivery and consolidation of ELIXIR's portfolio of technical and scientific projects by actively identifying and implementing synergies across the portfolio. Using your community-building and networking skills you will manage the needs from our many stakeholders and drive collaborations across Europe and globally.

The ELIXIR CTO operates in a matrix-managed, project-driven organisation. This requires you to lead, and be led, within multiple, outcome-driven temporary operational teams in addition to the formal line organisation. The ELIXIR CTO is a busy role with frequently changing priorities and extensive external contacts, so it is important that you are able to function comfortably in a team environment and can relate well to co-workers and the public. We work across multiple time zones with European and global partners. You will need to occasionally work irregular/extra hours including evenings, and exceptionally, weekends. The ELIXIR CTO needs to travel in Europe and internationally as necessary.    

As the successful candidate it is likely you will have:



At ELIXIR you will work in an international environment - in a multinational team and frequent contacts with colleagues and collaborators across Europe. The ELIXIR Hub is located at EMBL-EBI, Wellcome Genome Campus, with excellent facilities in an attractive campus environment.

ELIXIR staff also enjoy excellent campus sports facilities, a free shuttle bus to Cambridge and other nearby centres, an active sports and social club at a picturesque South Cambridgeshire campus set in 55 acres of parkland.

ELIXIR staff are employed by EMBL, an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary with access to a range of generous benefits including:


The initial contract is for a period of 3 years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension up to a total of 9 years of service. 

To apply please submit a cover letter and CV through our online system.

At ELIXIR we strongly believe in inclusive and diverse teams where different experiences contribute to innovation and creative thought. We encourage applications from women, LGBTQ and individuals from all nationalities. Appointment will be based on merit alone. Visa information, where applicable, will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

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

Find out more about the impact of Elixir Infrastructure here.

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