European Open Science Cloud Programme Manager
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 7 (Monthly salary starting at £3,408.00 after tax)
Closing Date: 17 April 2020
Reference Number: EBI01619
We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, highly motivated technical programme manager to integrate IT and related life-science services into the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). You will be based in the Technology Science Integrationteam at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK

Your role

Working across the life-science related EOSC activities at EMBL-EBI you will establish a strategy and an implementation plan that will bring our cloud and data infrastructure services into EOSC. You will need to ideally have both cloud and life-science knowledge - being able to understand both the technical challenge of cloud service integration and the bioinformatics services needed to enable the diverse computing needs of life-scientists (e.g. through ELIXIR -

You will need to integrate the work taking place across different projects located in different EMBL-EBI teams into a coherent programme of activities. Your persuading and influencing skills will be as important to your success as your technical expertise. The portfolio of activities include the ELIXIR Compute Platform (where we lead the container and data transfer activities), ELIXIR Implementation studies (where you will coordinate technical contributions from within the team), the EC funded EOSC-Life project (where we co-lead the cloud infrastructure activities) and the EOSC-Hub (where we lead on ELIXIR integration).

In addition, we are exploring how cloud infrastructures could provide distributed workflow analysis capacity using community specifications emerging from the international genomics community ( As part of this work travel within Europe and possibly worldwide will be needed.  

You have

  • Experience of using cloud infrastructures to support applied research. This may be as an infrastructure provider within EOSC or as an applied researcher making use of EOSC-like services.
  • Have at least four or more years of technical project management work. This could be in an environment leading an agile software development team with daily scrum meetings or where you have operated and maintained production services.
  • Be capable of using integrating technologies and frameworks (e.g. Java, Python) to make use of or develop distributed services to support data-intensive workloads (e.g. full-stack web applications development).
  • Be able to work with minimal direction when making technical decisions, but to do so within a team when needed by having excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.

You might also have

  • Knowledge of the European life-science research infrastructure activities (e.g. ELIXIR, EOSC-Life) or specifications and activities coming from the Global Alliance of Genomics and Health (GA4GH).
  • Knowledge of European e-Infrastructure activities such as EGI’s Federated Cloud or the European Open Science Cloud.
  • Worked in an academic or research setting.
  • Worked in a user-facing role where you have interacted directly with users of the software.

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 850 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/grant duration specified.

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