Project Coordination Officer (European Genome-phenome Archive)

  • EMBL
  • United Kingdom
  • Nov 12, 2020
Science Full Time - Fixed Term

Job Description:

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking a Project Coordination Officer to join the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) to coordinate our engagement and delivery across a variety of European Commission (EC) funded human genetic data sharing projects and contribute to the establishment of the Federated EGA network.

The European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) is a resource for secure archiving and sharing of all types of potentially identifiable biomolecular and phenotypic data resulting from biomedical research projects. It provides access to human research data, fosters data re-use, enables reproducibility, and speeds up biomedical and translational research in line with the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles. The EGA is currently transitioning from a centralised resource managed by EMBL-EBI (Hinxton, UK) and Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG in Barcelona, ELIXIR Spain) to a federated service model. The Federated EGA is designed to support national human data sharing for genomic and clinical data collected from their citizens as part of healthcare or biomedical research projects. We have collaborated with over 14 European countries during the past 18 months to develop the EGA federation model ( As part of the European Commission's COVID-19 response, the Federated EGA will form a key infrastructure for sharing COVID-19 host genetic data. In parallel, the EGA is involved in a variety of EC funded projects such as European Joint Programme for Rare Diseases (EJP-RD), Beyond One Million Genomes (B1MG), Common Infrastructure for National Cohorts in Europe, Canada, and Africa (CINECA), and the ELIXIR Federated Human Data projects.

The Project Coordination Officer will have a central role in coordinating the EGA external engagement in these consortia, communicating and planning with EGA management for the service delivery as part of the EGA roadmap, drafting reports and external documentation for Federated EGA with other EGA staff, and engaging with external stakeholders for use-case gathering and documenting. 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 is until 31st January 2023 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:

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:

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system. At EMBL-EBI, we strongly believe that inclusive and diverse teams benefit from higher levels of innovation and creative thought. We encourage applications from women, LGBTQ and individuals from all nationalities. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

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 position is limited to the project duration until end January 2023. The role is based in Hinxton, UK and you will be required to relocate if not based locally. There will be a relocation package including installation grant (if applicable). More info on how we are recruiting in this period is available on our page: Recruitment and Onboarding during Covid19.

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

Appointment will be based on merit alone.