Agricultural Genomics and Bioinformatics Team Leader

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

Job Description:

We are seeking a faculty level Team Leader to head the newly created Agricultural Genomics and Bioinformatics team at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).  The Team Leader will manage and develop data resources supporting scientists using genomics to improve crop and livestock agriculture, including relevant components of the Ensembl project.  

The Agricultural Genomics and Bioinformatics Team Leader will lead a growing team, currently consisting of approximately 12 staff members. The postholder will work closely with other Team Leaders within the greater Ensembl project and other teams at EMBL-EBI, including our biomolecular data archival resources, to ensure an integrated data presentation and improved efficiency for all of EMBL-EBI's annotation resources.

Extensive engagement with external scientific collaborators, both academic and industrial, will also be required. As a member of EMBL Faculty, the postholder will report to the Head of Genes, Genomes and Variation resources (Paul Flicek) and, with other senior Ensembl staff, will develop and refine EMBL-EBI annotation strategy.

Ensembl is one of the world's leading resources for genomic research and EMBL-EBI is committed to the long term expansion of value-added genomics resources delivered through the Ensembl platform. This position is part of a strategic integration of the Ensembl and Ensembl Genomes annotation resources designed to increase the scope, efficiency and effectiveness of EMBL-EBI's genome annotation data.

In addition to the above, more specific responsibilities will include:


The Team Leader should possess excellent communication and presentation skills, an ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team and to work in a collaborative, international environment. Excellent English skills are essential as is the ability to manage deadlines and competing priorities.  

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind.

As a Team Leader at EMBL-EBI, you will receive a comprehensive 3 day Leadership induction, in addition to spending time with central support teams including Strategic Project Management Office,  Finance, HR and Communications, to acquaint you with an internal support network as you step into your role. 

Surrounded by beautiful South Cambridgeshire countryside, our state-of-the-art Campus will provide you with a relaxed atmosphere where the pursuit of scientific discovery and meaningful work, underpin every role. In addition, you will have access to a wide range of benefits including:

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system. Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this continues after Brexit. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

5 year staff member contract renewable up to 9 years of service.

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