Human Cell Atlas Product Owner
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Limited contract
Contract Duration: 2 years and 6 months
Grading: 7 (monthly salary starting at £3,408.41 after tax)
Closing Date: 21 November 2019
Reference Number: EBI01547
The Archival Infrastructure and Technology (AIT) team is looking for a dynamic and talented product owner to join our team working on the Human Cell Atlas (HCA) Data Coordination Platform (DCP) ingest service and metadata standards. The DCP allows scientists to share, organise and analyse cellular resolution data that the community can use to create comprehensive reference maps of all human cells. EMBL-EBI is building the DCP in collaboration with scientists and engineers from the Broad Institute, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the University of California Santa Cruz and Stanford University. As the ingest and metadata product owner you will work with the other product owners and technical leads in the collaboration to translate the strategic vision for the DCP into an actionable plan and to drive its delivery. You will also collaborate with other members of the Molecular Archives Cluster who operate the EMBL-EBI archives such as BioSamples and the ENA to ensure the HCA data is broadly accessible to the community. A key goal for the product owner will be to understand user needs and work with the team to develop processes that ensure contributed data is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reproducible (FAIR) and can be used to build the atlas. The HCA is using cellular resolution data generation such as single-cell gene expression techniques as the basis for both understanding human health and understanding different disease mechanisms. If you are interested in the Human Cell Atlas and would like to be part of the leadership team who delivers the critical infrastructure needed to support the HCA community, enabling the creation of comprehensive reference maps of all human cells is accessible to all, this job will be perfect for you!

Your role

As product owner, your role will include:
  • Working with international collaborators and project stakeholders to formulate and provide user value through software delivery
  • Enabling and inspiring the data wrangling and development teams to deliver valuable and user friendly products and services
  • Prioritising the activity of the team based on a deep understanding of value to the community, as well as ensuring appropriate deliverables are met
  • Orchestrating the design and delivery of the HCA ingest platform by taking the strategic vision and working with the technical lead to turn it into a pragmatic and realistic  plan
  • Convey the vision of the DCP, the ingestion service and our metadata standards to the team
  • Shaping the future of the HCA by working with the leadership team to define strategy
  • Building a deep understanding of user needs through community engagement and collaboration with other product owners and UX experts
  • Working in a dynamic, collaborative and supportive culture where your talent to deliver is valued over title, role, or adherence to processes.
  • Exploiting opportunities for networking and grant building that arise out of delivery activities.
  • Supporting staff in building positive relationships with data contributors (our users!)
  • Representing the project and the institute at project meetings and scientific conferences.
  • Learning about advances in science and technology every day.
This role also comes with line management responsibilities for a team of 5.  

You have

  • A comprehensive understanding of managing life science data through working experience in international collaborative projects
    Experience gathering requirements and delivering software that meets user needs
  • An ability to think creatively about problems, consider multiple possible solutions and - work with the team to deliver them in the simplest possible way
  • Experience in taking a long term view on a project, planning for risks associated with delivery and working with senior management to overcome them
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to work as part of a team of people with a range of skills and a diversity of backgrounds.
  • A love of agile principles, an enthusiasm for identifying better ways to develop software and deliver value to users, and the flexibility to find these ways
You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of both software development and the life sciences domain, either through your degree in a relevant subject, your academic or industrial background or through your body of work in large, collaborative projects.  

You might also have

  • Experience managing a small team of talented individuals
  • Evidence of managing dependencies between multiple interdependent workstreams.
  • Strong knowledge of current and emerging technologies and products in Single-cell research
  • Experience contributing to a development team as a developer, data architect or analyst  in a Unix environment
  • Expertise in common data management formats such as JSON schema

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 over 27 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

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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.

This position is limited to the project duration specified.

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