Chief Standards Officer (GA4GH)
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years (renewable to 9 years)
Grading: Grade 8 (Starting at £3,999.80 per month after tax)
Closing Date: 20 December 2020
Reference Number: EBI01727
The European Bioinformatics Institute (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 data resources and tools. We are at the forefront of computational biology research, with work spanning sequence analysis methods, multi-dimensional statistical analysis and data-driven biological discovery, from plant biology to mammalian development and disease.

We are the second largest site of EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) and our state-of-the-art campus is located near Cambridge, UK on the Wellcome Genome Campus, which is 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, scientists and technicians from over 70 countries and we strongly encourage applications from individuals worldwide.

Your role

The Chief Standards Officer (CSO) of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) is employed at EMBL-EBI and is a member of the globally distributed GA4GH secretariat.

GA4GH is the international standards setting organisation in human genomics IT. It's technical and administrative operations are run as a collaboration between four International Host Institutions, of which EMBL-EBI is one, and the not-for-profit Canadian company, GA4GH, Inc.

The CSO will set the strategy for and oversee the work of the technical standards development of GA4GH. This includes:
  • Setting the direction and strategy of GA4GH standards in collaboration with the Executive Board, CEO, and the GA4GH Standards Steering Committee
  • Prioritising the day-to-day work of the Core Technical Team (which may or may not be in the CSO’s line management)
  • Liaising across the GA4GH secretariat to ensure timely and appropriate project management
  • Liaising with external technical engineers from collaborating organisations who are assigned to contribute to GA4GH Standards development by their employers (Assigned Engineers).

As CSO you will have the opportunity to represent the GA4GH at meetings and in high level policy and strategy forums. You will also facilitate engagement between GA4GH and EMBL-EBI as well as the wider EMBL.

Officially reporting to the Associate Directors of EMBL-EBI, you will manage a team of GA4GH secretariat members based at EMBL-EBI, while also contributing to the leadership of other members of GA4GH technical staff based elsewhere.    

You have

  • A degree in a technical/bioinformatics/computer science field
  • Significant experience in a relevant field, with a preferred minimum of 5 years of management experience
  • Expertise in the areas of computer science, IT architectures, model-driven architecture, medical/clinical informatics, bioinformatics, genomic sequencing technologies, and cloud environments
  • Knowledge and expertise of standards development processes and the global standards landscape for research and medical/healthcare
  • Strong social and emotional intelligence, in particular between cultures in an international setting
  • Some travel (up to 25%) is required, much of that international (safety permitting)

You might also have

  • A Phd
  • Experience in a distributed, virtual, and/or international environment
  • Familiarity with data security and protected health information privacy

Why join us

EMBL-EBI is a worldwide leader in bioinformatics. 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 beautiful South Cambridgeshire countryside, our state-of-the-art 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 is a 3 year contract, renewable to a maximum of 9 years in total.

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

At EMBL-EBI, we strongly believe that inclusive and diverse teams benefit from higher levels of innovation and creative thought. We encourage applications from women, LGBTQ and individuals from all nationalities. Visa exemptions will be offered to international candidates and details will be discussed during interview. We believe in science without borders and this continues after Brexit.

This role is based in Hinxton, UK and you will be required to relocate once it is safe to do so if you are currently based abroad. More info on how we are recruiting in this period is available on our page: Recruitment and Onboarding during Covid19.

Applications will close on 20th December and we aim to provide a response within two weeks after the closing date.