Phenomics Team Leader
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 9 (monthly salary starting at £4,847.78 after tax)
Closing Date: 4 October 2019
Reference Number: EBI01500
The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) seeks a Phenomics Team Leader to provide leadership for a newly created Team which will bring together existing phenomics projects including those for model species (Knockout Mouse Project 2, PDXFinder, EDiREX) and projects relevant for human health including the GWAS Catalog, Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH).  The Phenomics Team Lead will also collaborate with Health Data Research UK where EMBL-EBI contributes to the UK national Phenomics platform, ( and is a partner in the HDR UK Cambridge site.

The successful applicant will lead a team consisting of approximately 15 staff members working on diverse phenomics projects and will develop new collaborations and projects in the area of phenomics and translational research as well as integrating phenomics data into EMBL-EBI data resources.  

Your role

You will report to the Head of the Molecular Archive Cluster, will work closely with members of the Cluster and colleagues within the wider EMBL-EBI who deliver core data resources for the biomedical user community. In addition, the team leader will also extend existing connections with relevant health data research organisations in Europe and worldwide such as the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH).

You will provide leadership of EMBL-EBI’s phenomics activities across a diverse range of collaborative activities in Europe and Internationally. This will involve collaboration across biomedical domains and you will grow EMBL-EBI’s health data research collaboration portfolio.

You will build on previous work at EMBL-EBI which has provided community access to phenotypic data for model systems and will extend and apply analysis tools for phenomic data building on prior experience, for example with the BioConductor PhenStat package (10.18129/B9.bioc.PhenStat)

You will extend the Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies Team’s phenomics platforms for the acquisition, management and analysis of high throughput phenomics data for multiple species and will work to present this data for the benefit of translational users.

You will work to improve the integration of structured phenomic data into EMBL-EBI and external informatics resources via the development and implementation of international standards (e.g. Phenopackets

You have

The ideal candidate will hold an MSc and/or a PhD in biomedicine, bioinformatics or related field and will have experience with the development of service delivery to biomedical users, preferably in a production environment. Candidates with a computer science background with significant biomedical experience are encouraged to apply.
  • Experience in the generation, analysis or delivery of high throughput phenomic data in an academic or industrial environment
  • A track record in developing funding applications
  • Experience in managing a team
  • Experience delivering academic or industrial data access via an informatics platform
Demonstrated experience in building professional relationships on all levels within an organization (i.e. senior management, interns, peers);
  • Experience in managing conflicting, complex, deadline-driven priorities;
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills;
  • Demonstrable problem-solving skills;
  • Adaptability to different working styles, both independently and as part of a team.

You might also have

  • Experience of translational research, work with electronic health records or experience within pharmaceutical industry or related SME working with data relevant to human health
  • Familiarity with semantic technologies including ontology development or application of ontologies enabling analyses or data access
  • Experience of managing a multidisciplinary team of data scientists, software developers, bioinformaticians and biologists
  • Experience of machine learning applied to the biosciences
  • Experience of delivery of cloud based analyses or platforms for bioscience

Why join us

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. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 22 member states and two associate member states. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation. For more information about pay and benefits click here

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

What else you need to know

For informal enquiries please contact Helen Parkinson (

To view a copy of the full job description please click here.

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

Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

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

Interviews will take place on November 1 or November 4, 2019