Project Lead - European Genome-phenome Archive
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: Until 29 March 2023
Grading: 7 (monthly salary starting at £3.486,80 after tax)
Closing Date: 2 November 2020
Reference Number: EBI01711
The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking a Project Lead to join the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) to provide project coordination for a collaboration between the UK Biobank and the EGA to archive and distribute 500,000 whole-genomes and 500,000 exomes.

UK Biobank is a major national health resource with the aim of improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses - including cancer, heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, eye disorders, depression and forms of dementia. UK Biobank recruited 500,000 people aged between 40-69 years in 2006-10 from across the UK. They have undergone measures, provided blood, urine and saliva samples for future analysis, given detailed information about themselves and agreed to have their health followed. Over the next few years, all of the participants will have their genome sequenced and the genetic and phenotype data will be made available for approved researchers.

The EGA is a resource for permanent secure archiving and sharing of all types of potentially identifiable genetic and phenotypic data resulting from biomedical research projects. Its aim is to provide access to data, to foster data re-use, to enable reproducibility and to speed up biomedical and translational research in line with the ‘FAIR’ (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles. The EGA project is part of the ENA/EGA/EVA Archive Infrastructure team led by Thomas Keane, this is part of the Molecular Archives Cluster at EMBL-EBI.

As Project Lead, you will have a central role in coordinating the EGA-UK Biobank collaboration deliverables by interacting with multiple groups including the EGA team (Software Developers, DevOps, Helpdesk), EBI Technology and Science Integration Cluster, and UK Biobank to ensure successful delivery of the project goals. You will have line management responsibilities for up to three staff members (Bioinformaticians, and Development Operations). This position is an exciting opportunity to become involved in a project that has the potential to be truly transformative for human genetics. Initial appointment will be for two years with potential for extension based on successful delivery of the service and external funding continuity.

Your role

The main activities that you will be involved in are:
  • Ensuring that project plan objectives, milestones, deliverables and KPIs are successfully achieved
  • Chairing internal and external project update meetings with key stakeholders
  • Coordinating the smooth delivery of data submission, archiving, and distribution services of UK Biobank data from EGA
  • Coordinating project implementation with key EGA personnel (EGA Development lead, EGA Coordinator, and Team Leader)
  • Line management and weekly work planning for up to three project team members
  • Effectively and proactively communicating operational outcomes, risks, and ongoing processes to key stakeholders
  • Presenting project background and updates to internal and external audiences
  • Working with, teaching, and learning from a great team that is fun, devoted to personal growth and committed to building something meaningful, lasting, and impactful

You have

The successful applicant should have:
  • A postgraduate degree in the life sciences or similar, or equivalent industry experience
  • Experience in coordinating complex projects across a team or a number of partners
  • Experience working with human genetic and phenotypic data
  • Demonstrable experience relevant to writing project technical reports
  • Experience in planning, chairing, and minuting meetings
  • Excellent written and verbal English language skills
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Good organisational skills, the ability to prioritise different tasks and to manage a heavy workload
  • A proven ability to effectively interact with multiple stakeholders to deliver results
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience of working and delivering results in a high-paced, multidisciplinary professional/academic team environment
  • A high level of independent working, initiative, and flexibility
  • Ability to extract and distill reporting information from complex sets of sources

You might also have

Other skills and experience that would be advantageous include:
  • Experience with processing or handling high throughput genetic or phenotype data (e.g. next-generation sequencing, genotyping, clinical phenotypes etc.)
  • Experience of motivating and supervising staff members
  • Experience of interacting with relational databases to extract reporting information
  • Experience of using a computer scripting language (e.g. python, Perl etc.)
  • Familiarity with commonly used ontologies for human phenotypes

Why join us

EMBL-EBI is a worldwide leader in bioinformatics. 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 encourage personal and professional development and are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their potential at work.

Surrounded by picturesque South Cambridgeshire countryside, our Campus provides employees with a relaxed atmosphere where the pursuit of scientific discovery and meaningful work, underpin every role. In addition, our employees have access to a wide range of benefits including:
  • 30 days annual leave per year plus 8 bank holidays
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Unique pension scheme including 17% employer contribution
  • Annual salary review
  • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (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 and 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

This will be a busy role with frequently changing priorities. You may from time to time have to attend meetings outside normal working hours and undertake international travel. This role is not suitable for part-time working.

This role is based in Hinxton, UK and you will be expected to relocate. More info on how we are recruiting in this period is available on our page: Recruitment and Onboarding during Covid19.

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system. EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer. Applications are encouraged from all nationalities and this has continued after Brexit. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

This position is limited to a 2 year duration estimated until 29/03/2023.

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

Appointment will be based on merit alone.