Group Leader
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 5 years (renewable up to 9 years)
Grading: Grade 9 (Starting from £4,959.28 per month after tax)
Closing Date: 11 April 2021
Reference Number: EBI01783
EMBL's European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking talented scientists to join its faculty to develop their own independent research group.

EMBL-EBI is a world-leader in computational biology and bioinformatics. Our research groups develop and apply computational approaches to answer fundamental questions, ranging from studying how the genome has evolved through to modelling development in four dimensions and the impact of protein structure on drug responses. From a computational perspective, research in the Institute builds and expands upon a variety of methods, from strategies for sequence analysis through to high-dimensional statistical models and machine learning / artificial intelligence. Computational methods developed by groups based at EMBL-EBI are amongst the most widely used by the scientific community, providing the building blocks for future technical advances and scientific discovery.

Applicants from across the whole field of computational biology are encouraged to apply, with women, who are under-represented in our faculty, being especially encouraged. 

As well as being embedded within one of the world’s leading computational biology institutes, you will also be a member of the wider EMBL faculty, enabling access to collaborators and colleagues across a broad range of scientific disciplines. EMBL’s future scientific directions focus on understanding life in the context of its environment, offering new and exciting opportunities for computational biology research, from better understanding microbial and human ecosystems, through to understanding how we interact with our environment and using theoretical approaches to study complex and dynamic biological systems.  

Your role

You will lead a research group to pursue ambitious and innovative research goals.

To enable your research, a generous package of core support, including salary support for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers will be provided.

You will have access to outstanding computational infrastructure, including high performance clusters and GPU compute. Moreover, by being part of the multidisciplinary and collaborative environment of EMBL, you will have many opportunities for interaction with other research groups.

Additionally, the local Cambridge environment, in which EMBL-EBI is deeply embedded, represents an outstanding ecosystem for performing world-leading research in the biological sciences.

You have

  • The successful candidate should have a concise research plan with clearly outlined highly original and ambitious research goals
  • A PhD degree in natural, physical or mathematical sciences is required, with an interest in the wider field of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

You might also have

  • Experience supervising pre and postdoc level researchers
  • Experience of promoting your own work and broader science to specialist scientific media and general audiences

Why join us

EMBL appoints group leaders from early on in their career and provides a very supportive environment for your first independent position in order to achieve your research goals. The initial "Lead your Lab" management training is provided for all incoming group leaders.

EMBL offers a highly collaborative, uniquely international culture. The various EMBL units are strongly connected and cross-unit collaborations are not only possible but also strongly encouraged. It fosters top quality, interdisciplinary research by promoting a vibrant environment consisting of young independent research groups with access to outstanding graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and core facilities.

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organization with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including your family and the availability of an excellent child care facility on campus. More information about our generous benefits package can be found here.   

What else you need to know

We are Europe’s flagship research laboratory for the life sciences, an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1700 employees from more than 80 countries, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

The working language of the institute is English.

An initial contract of 5 years will be offered to the successful candidate. This is foreseen to be extended to a maximum of 9 years, subject to an external review.

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.

Diversity at EMBL-EBI

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.

International applications

Visa exemptions will be offered to international candidates and details will be discussed during interview.

To apply

In your online application, you will be asked to include a cover letter, your CV, the names and contact details of 3 referees and a concise description of research interests & future research plans, typically not exceeding five pages.  

Interviews are planned for 1st June 2021 and will take place virtually. 

Information on Group Leader appointments can be found here http://www.embl.org/gl_faq. Additionally, further information about heading a research group at EMBL-EBI can be found at: www.ebi.ac.uk/research/research-group-leaders-at-embl-ebi.

Further information about the position can be obtained from John Marioni, Incoming Head of Research at EMBL-EBI.

Applications will close at 23:00 on Sunday 11th April 2021.