BioImage Archive Team Leader
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 5 years
Grading: 9 (£4,959.28 per month after tax)
Closing Date: 14 September 2020
Reference Number: EBI01674
EMBL-EBI is a worldwide leader in bioinformatics. We make the world’s public biological data freely available to the scientific community via a range of services and tools, perform research and provide professional training and resources to enable bioinformatics. 

We are the second largest part of EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) who are an intergovernmental organisation, funded by 27 member states, two associate member states and one prospect member state. Our thriving  Campus is located on the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, Cambridge, UK, one of the world’s largest concentrations of scientific and technical expertise in genomics.

We are proud to have a diverse, multidisciplinary team of over 850 forward thinking people. Our exciting work attracts software developers, technicians and scientists from over 70 nationalities and we strongly encourage applications from individuals worldwide.

Your role

Reporting to an Associate Director, we are seeking an ambitious individual to lead the development of the BioImage Archive at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).

The revolution in imaging technologies has led to the need to share, integrate and reuse image data in a comprehensive way. The BioImage Archive, launched in 2019, was made possible from funds from UKRI provides the means to store and search life science datasets from all imaging technologies at all scales and across all modalities.

Hosted at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), the home of biological data in Europe, the BioImage Archive (https://www.ebi.ac.uk/bioimage-archive/) expands our open data mission to include biological images. We are now recruiting an ambitious Team Leader to lead the development of the BioImage Archive into a mature and widely used resource.

Recently celebrating its 1st anniversary, it is our ambition for the BioImage Archive to make the deposition of image data linked to publications as routine as the deposition of nucleotide sequence data into the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA) or of 3D molecular structure data into PDB and raw EM data into EMPIAR.

As an EMBL Faculty member, Community Engagement will be an important part of your work, engaging with EMBL’s wider imaging development, Euro-BioImaging colleagues and imaging community experts to ensure that the archive serves the needs of researchers, data scientists, funders and the wider public.

It will be necessary to develop technical and biological metadata requirements for successful image data submission, as well as to explore and deliver methods to store, link and disseminate image data to enable wide reuse.

The opportunity to integrate image data with ‘omics, structural and other data from a wide variety of studies, ranging from, for example, environmental sampling to single-cell analysis of development will mean collaboration with colleagues across EMBL-EBI.

Finally, the role will encompass encouraging data submissions and attracting additional funding; therefore we expect the candidate to be able to make a compelling case for using the BioImage Archive to researchers, imaging facilities, journal editors, as well as funders to support its development. This post is an EMBL faculty role, in which the first priority is to fully establish the BioImage Archive.

You have

  • A PhD in a relevant field
  • Good understanding of data collection, handling, processing, analysis, visualisation, interpretation, archiving, dissemination etc. preferably for at least one common imaging modality
  • Demonstrated knowledge of research imaging techniques broadly, a life sciences imaging community and its practices, standards, and resources
  • Project and/or people-management experience
  • An understanding of software development (you will be leading a team of developers)
  • Ability to engage within the wider Bioimaging community
  • Enthusiasm and drive to build something new

You might also have

  • Post-doctoral experience in a life sciences research lab or bioimaging facility, either as a data producer or preferably as a collaborator with data producers on microscopy data management and/or image processing
  • Experience in multiple imaging modalities
  • Experience with correlative imaging between multiple modalities (LM-EM, LM-XM or LM-LM)
  • Experience running bioimage data services
  • Experience in writing successful grants
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a collaborative spirit

Why join us

As a Team Leader at EBI, you will receive a comprehensive 3 day Leadership induction, in addition to spending time with the Strategic Project Management Office, Finance, HR and Communications teams, to acquaint you with an internal support network as you step into your role. 

Surrounded by beautiful South Cambridgeshire countryside, our state-of-the-art Campus will provide you with a relaxed atmosphere where the pursuit of scientific discovery and meaningful work, underpin every role. In addition, you will have access to a wide range of benefits including:

  • 30 days annual leave per year plus bank holidays
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Unique pension scheme
  • Annual salary review
  • Private medical insurance for you and your dependent family members (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover)
  • Death benefit, long-term care, accident at work and unemployment insurances
  • Relocation package including installation grant (if required)
  • On-site library
  • Subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria
  • Casual dress code
  • Free shuttle bus to and from Campus
  • Extensive sports and social club activities (run on campus and remotely)
  • Family benefits: Onsite nursery, child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances
  • Benefits for non UK residents: Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance

What else you need to know

The initial contract is for a period of 5 years. This is expected to be extended to a maximum of 9 years subject to external review.

To apply, please submit a CV and an application letter, outlining how you fit each of the key requirements and desirable qualifications. Please also include two letters of recommendation; alternatively these can be emailed to recruitment@ebi.ac.uk by 14th Sept 2020.

Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this has continued after Brexit. Visas will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

Interviews are likely to be on 9th October 2020.

Closing date: 14th September 2020.