Microbiological standards officer and project coordinator

  • EMBL
  • Germany
  • Oct 9, 2021
Science Full Time - Fixed Term

Job Description:

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced scientist to join the research group of Peer Bork within the Structural and Computational Biology Unit to contribute to and coordinate activities both within the research group and in the German National Research Data Infrastructure consortium “NFDI4Microbiota” (https://nfdi4microbiota.de/). This consortium will create a new core national infrastructure for microbial research through training and community building activities, as well as through the development of an online analysis and integration system which will prioritise FAIR, open and reproducible research. Our bioinformatics research group works on a wide range of research topics with a current focus on microbiome analysis in ecosystems like the human gut or the ocean. We are involved in various national and international projects and also engage in the development, improvement and implementation of standards for microbiome data and metadata in other consortia, including the German Human Genome-Phenome Archive (GHGA, https://ghga.dkfz.de/) and the International Human Microbiome Coordination and Support Action (IHMCSA).

Your role will be to coordinate NFDI4Microbiota activities within the Bork group and coordinate and contribute to the creation of data and metadata standards within the consortium. In collaboration with software engineers, you will also lead the creation of an online resource that will centralise and make accessible existing experimental standards in microbiology, with a focus on microbiome approaches and reproducibility. You will develop and implement strategies to support the long-term stability of NFDI4Microbiota and its connection to other consortia. To this end, you will work with producers of microbiome data to identify obstacles and challenges to data sharing, with consumers of such data to identify their needs and encountered problems, and with existing repositories of microbiome data. You will work with colleagues both from the Bork group and other members of the consortium, and therefore have the opportunity to help shape a new national infrastructure for microbiota analysis and collaborate with microbiologists across Germany.

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, and the availability of an excellent child care facility on campus.

We are Europe’s flagship research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with approximately 2000 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome. Our mission is to offer vital services in training scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences and actively engage in technology transfer activities, and to integrate European life science research. Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.