Work Stream Manager - GA4GH
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years (renewable to a maximum of 9 years)
Grading: Grade 5 - 6 (monthly salary starting at £2,738 - £3,063 per month after tax + other paid benefits)
Closing Date: 27 June 2021
Reference Number: EBI01853
The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) brings together hundreds of contributors working in healthcare, research, patient advocacy, life science, and information technology to create standards to enable the responsible, voluntary, and secure sharing of genomic and related health data with the aim of accelerating the application of genomics in healthcare.

Within GA4GH, eight Work Streams drive the standards development work to meet the specific needs of real world clinical and genomics data sharing projects. GA4GH’s work is supported by staff at four diverse international host institutions: the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) and EMBL-EBI.

Your role

The primary responsibility of the Work Stream Manager based at EMBL-EBI, will be to provide management support for two to three GA4GH Work Streams. These Work Streams may include Cloud, Large Scale Genomics (LSG), and Genomic Knowledge Standards (GKS). These have responsibility for developing and maintaining a broad portfolio of core bioinformatics formats (e.g. SAM, VCF), a new generation of web enabled genomics APIs (e.g. htsget, refget), and enabling portable analysis pipelines for genomic data (among other activities).

Responsibilities include day to day programme management of several international task-teams and knowledge exchange projects, from concept development through to external communications and continued promotion amongst the community, along with contributing to strategy development and implementation.

The Work Stream Manager role provides critical support to the Work Streams, and works closely with the Work Stream leads, contributors, other GA4GH staff and external organisations, such as other international Standards Development Organisations (SDOs).

You have

  • A degree in biology, bioinformatics, computer science or a related field and either a postgraduate degree or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrably excellent organisational skills to coordinate the work of, and collaborate with, large, distributed international teams, including individuals from a range of disciplines, while tracking the progress of projects and keeping work on schedule
  • Strong (English) communication skills (written and oral), including the ability to share highly technical content accurately with a range of audiences
  • The ability to explore multiple viewpoints, understand complex issues and build consensus
  • Familiarity with fundamental concepts in genomics and genetics
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to balance multiple tasks effectively
  • The ability to accommodate calls outside of office hours and some international travel

You might also have

  • Further qualifications relating to project coordination or management
  • Experience of working in an internationally distributed organisation across time zones
  • Existing knowledge and experience of the areas covered by the Work Streams, such as file formats, Cloud computing, and variation representation and annotation.

Why join us

Do something meaningful
At EMBL-EBI you can apply your talent and passion to accelerate science and tackle some of humankind's greatest challenges. EMBL-EBI, part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, is a worldwide leader in the storage, analysis and dissemination of large biological datasets. We provide the global research community with access to publicly available databases and tools which are crucial for the advancement of healthcare, food security, and biodiversity. Join a culture of innovation
We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus, alongside other prominent research and biotech organisations, and surrounded by beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. This is a highly collaborative and inclusive community where our employees enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. We are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their professional potential.  Enjoy lots of benefits:
  • Financial incentives: Monthly family, child and non-resident allowances, annual salary review, pension scheme including 17% employer contribution, death benefit, long-term care, accident-at-work and unemployment insurances
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover)
  • Generous time off: 30 days annual leave per year, in addition to eight bank holidays
  • Relocation package including installation grant (if required)
  • Campus life: Free shuttle bus to and from work, on-site library, subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria, casual dress code, extensive sports and social club activities (on campus and remotely)
  • Family benefits: On-site nursery, 10 days of 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.
For more details please see our employee benefits page.

What else you need to know

  • Contract duration: This position is a 3 year contract, renewable to a maximum of 9 years. 
  • International applicants: We recruit internationally and successful candidates are offered visa exemptions. Read more on our page for international applicants
  • Diversity and inclusion: 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. 
  • Job location: 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. Read more about how we are recruiting during the pandemic
  • How to apply: To apply please submit a cover letter and a CV through our online system. We aim to provide a response within two weeks after the closing date: 27th June 2021. 
  • Interviews: Interviews will be held virtually and will take place the week commencing 19th July 2021.