Bio-IT Computational Support & Training
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 4 or 5, depending on experience and qualifications
Closing Date: 22 September 2019
Reference Number: HD01595
Applications are invited for the above post to join the Gibson Team. The Gibson team develops and applies biological software tools in the analysis of protein data. An important activity of the group is to interface with experimental research groups at EMBL. The post-holder will be the focal point in providing bioinformatics support to the experimental researchers at EMBL. In this context, it is expected that the post-holder will organise a minimum of 4 bioinformatics/computational training courses per year.

Your role

The position is part of the EMBL Bio-IT project, a community-driven initiative to support the development and technical capacity of the diverse bio-computational community at EMBL. As one of the key members of this project, the post-holder will work closely with other members of Bio-IT to develop and/or organise various bioinformatics training courses, community-oriented outreach activities, community assessment tasks, and consulting. Through active communication and collaboration with many bioinformatics service experts at EMBL Heidelberg (e.g. the Computational Centres covering statistics, networks, image analysis, and systems models), the post-holder will help expand and maintain a lively network of bioinformaticians throughout the institute.

In addition, EMBL is a partner in the de.NBI (German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure) consortium which constitutes the ELIXIR Germany node. The post-holder will interact with individuals from de.NBI/ELIXIR to collaborate and jointly organise training and outreach activities. The post-holder will also have opportunities to attend and present at relevant conferences and events.

This is a highly collaborative role that provides diverse opportunities to engage with and support the scientific community while developing your own leadership skills. As well as being able to communicate and work well within a team, initiative, flexibility and willingness to learn will complete your profile.

You have

  • Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or related fields, or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of a range of bioinformatics tools to provide support and training
  • Familiarity with one or multiple programming/scripting languages such as Bash, Python, R
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience of working at the interface between biology and computation
  • Experience in organising and teaching scientific/technical workshops
  • Interest in learning from other research communities of practices

You might also have

  • Familiarity with one or more of the following technical skills: SQL, JAVASCRIPT, HTML, Git, GitHub/GitLab, or similar topics.
  • A passion to learn about new scientific computing techniques and their application in research
  • Experience with writing grants as the main author or co-applicant
  • Project and data management responsibilities
  • Experience with designing or maintaining websites with WordPress
  • Experience of editing and reviewing in-house resources e.g. project reports, documentation, promotional and dissemination materials.
  • Previous participation in the international community or training related activities (e.g. The Carpentries, Galaxy, Mozilla, ISCB, etc.)

Why join us

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprises from 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. EMBL has a large thriving community of bioinformaticians, working in close collaboration with experimental scientists and with strong links to other local scientists and institutions.

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 1600 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

Our mission is to offer vital services in training scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences and actively engage in technology transfer activities, and to integrate European life science research.

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.