Eukaryotic Annotation Team Leader

  • EMBL
  • United Kingdom
  • Jul 11, 2021
Science Full Time - Continuing

Job Description:

We are seeking a faculty-level genome scientist to lead the Eukaryotic Annotation Team at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).  As Team Leader you will have strategic responsibility for gene annotation and comparative genomics in the Ensembl project, and also lead the EMBL contribution to a portfolio of collaborative resources focussed on model organism and helminth genomics.  

The Eukaryotic Annotation team acts as a genome annotation and analysis hub for Ensembl, WormBase and The Alliance of Genome Resources (AGR). Ensembl is one of the world's leading bioinformatics resources for genomic research, integrating and annotating genomes for thousands of species.  WormBase is the pre-eminent knowledgebase for the genetics and genomics of the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans, and other nematodes and flatworms of biomedical and agricultural importance. WormBase is a founding member of the Alliance of Genome Resources (AGR), an international consortium developing a new cloud-basedplatform of tools to facilitate the use of model organism genomes for the understanding of human biology, heath and disease.  

You will lead the Eukaryotic Annotation team comprising approximately 25 staff with a range of expertise  (curators, bioinformaticians and software engineers). You will have strategic oversight for the gene annotation and comparative genomics components of Ensembl, and will work closely with other Team Leaders and senior staff at EMBL-EBI to develop overarching annotation strategy for Ensembl and other collaborating EMBL-EBI resources. You will also lead the EMBL-EBI contributions to WormBase and AGR, collaborating with partners and stakeholders both in the UK and internationally to develop both high-level scientific strategy and detailed technical strategy.

Activities you will oversee include:  designing and deploying efficient and accurate pipelines to annotate and compare thousands of genomes across the eukaryotic tree of life; custodianship and curation of the canonical reference genome and annotation for C. elegans; developing genome annotation resources for parasitic worms (helminths) that damage human health and food supply; collaborating with 11 partner institutions on the development of a new cloud-based bioinformatics platform for model organism genetics and genomics. 

In addition to the above, specific responsibilities will include:

You will have the knowledge and experience to lead a multi-disciplinary team and be able to work effectively in a collaborative, international environment. Excellent communicating and presentation skills are essential, as is the ability to manage deadlines and competing priorities.

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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.

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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: