ELIXIR Chief Technical Officer - CTO
Location:EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category:Staff member
Contract Duration:3 years
Grading:8 (monthly salary starting at £3,662 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here
Closing Date:31.05.2017
Reference Number:EBI_00921

Job Description

We are seeking an experienced bioinformatician and people manager to replace our current CTO as he nears the end of his tenure. As the ELIXIR CTO you would join a dynamic and international team at the ELIXIR Hub in Hinxton, UK, to lead and develop a ELIXIR’s technical operations and portfolio of scientific services. We offer an informal culture, international working environment and an unique opportunity to closely collaborate with colleagues in over 180 bioinformatics centres of excellence across ELIXIR’s 21 European member states.

ELIXIR’s CTO leads the Hub Technical Coordination team of senior technical experts and is responsible for managing and continuously developing the team and team-members to ensure that ELIXIR effectively coordinates service delivery from our national partners. The ELIXIR CTO works with our national partners and international collaborators to bring together scientific and technical input for the development and operation of ELIXIR’s portfolio of scientific services. The ELIXIR CTO is responsible for establishing and maintaining our scientific and technical governance processes include data security, ELSI compliance, and service performance.

ELIXIR is a distributed research infrastructure, built around strong collaboration between our 21 national nodes, and a key responsibility for the ELIXIR CTO is to foster and support the technical collaboration between the Nodes to ensure coordinated progress towards a sustainable European infrastructure for biological information. The ELIXIR CTO is expected to take the lead role in development and writing of the technical components of grant applications and proactively, in collaboration with Nodes and other partners, identify new grant opportunities in the technical domain. He/She establishes and maintains effective relationships with key national and European stakeholders such as those involved in ESFRI, and the scientific community.

Qualifications and Experience

University degree in the field of life-science, computer science, or related discipline with solid experience of bioinformatics / medical informatics research and service delivery. An advanced degree in one these fields is a plus. Demonstrated understanding of information security vulnerabilities and risk management.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with people management experience. Demonstrated ability to lead and develop high-performing teams to deliver against agreed outcomes, develop clarity and manage multiple stakeholder needs.

Strategic thinking and a demonstrated ability to predict and project technical developments and needs. The post-holder will also need knowledge and practical experience of service operation and business process development, governance processes, management, budgeting, and administrative operations.

A high level of literacy is required with documented ability to effectively communicate with excellent verbal and written English. Working knowledge to a professional level of additional European languages is a strong asset for the role.

Full details of the role and our requirements are available here.


The ELIXIR Hub is located at EMBL-EBI, Wellcome Genome Campus, and has excellent facilities in an attractive campus environment in the Cambridgeshire countryside with transport provided to nearby Cambridge and Saffron Walden.

ELIXIR staff are employed by EMBL, an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation.

ELIXIR staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities, a free shuttle bus to Cambridge and other nearby centres, an active sports and social club and an attractive working environment set in 55 acres of parkland.

Application Instructions

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

Additional Information

Applications are welcome from all nationalities - visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

The initial contract is for a period of three years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension up to a total of nine years of service.

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


ELIXIR unites Europe’s leading life-science organisations in managing biological data generated in publicly funded research. It coordinates, integrates and sustains bioinformatics resources across its Member States and enables users in academia and industry to access vital data, tools, standards, computational and training services for their research.

As an inter-governmental organization, ELIXIR is funded through its Member States and has a number of governance committees including the ELIXIR Board, a Scientific Advisory Board, a Heads of Nodes committee and an Industry Advisory Committee, as well as other ad-hoc working groups

ELIXIR collects, annotates, archives and makes available to all, critical life sciences data which enables Europe to collectively tackle some of the most pressing societal challenges.

The ELIXIR Hub is located at EMBL-EBI, Wellcome Genome Campus, and has excellent facilities in an attractive campus environment in the Cambridgeshire countryside with transport provided to nearby Cambridge and Saffron Walden. At ELIXIR you would join a dynamic, international team.

For further information on ELIXIR please visit www.elixir-europe.org