Biological Data Analyst - Statistician
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years (renewable)
Grading: 6, 7 or 8; depending on experience and qualifications
Closing Date: 29 September 2019
Reference Number: HD01606
EMBL is an international research organization covering many fields of modern biology. Five Computational Centres provide expertise, advice and training for scientists across EMBL. We are looking for a statistician or data scientist to run the Centre for Statistical Data Analysis, which is affiliated with the research group of Wolfgang Huber and with the EMBL Bio-IT team, which provides support on computing, data management and bioinformatics to scientists across EMBL.

Your role

  • Provide statistical consulting on biological data analysis for EMBL researchers conducting cutting-edge molecular biology research
  • Advise and help researchers with their experimental design, data analysis and interpretation of results
  • Provide training (2-5 days courses) in the area of computational statistics and data science in biology 
  • Collaborate and interact with other scientists at EMBL and partner networks (Elixir, de.NBI) in an international, interdisciplinary, and highly collaborative work environment

The consultancy engagements typically range all the way from brief high-level methodological advice to in-depth collaborations and solving novel statistical challenges emerging from new research data, methods and technologies. The emphasis of the position is on providing excellent service, in addition, it offers opportunities to make own research contributions.  

You have

  • A PhD or equivalent qualification in a quantitative science (statistics, mathematics, computer science, physics, bioinformatics) with solid theoretical foundations in probability and applied statistics
  • Programming skills in R
  • Strong interest in computational statistics
  • Motivation to teach and provide advice 
  • Good communication skills in written and spoken English and ability to interact with other scientists in interdisciplinary teams
  • Basic experience in analysis of high-throughput biological data (genomics, transcriptomics, epigenetics, proteomics, etc.)
  • An interest in cutting-edge molecular biology and its data-generating technologies

You might also have

  • Experience in analyzing single cell ‘omics, imaging, proteomics, or microfluidics data sets
  • Experience in teaching
  • Experience in biostatistical consulting
  • Experience in R as a package developer or maintainer
  • Knowledge of Python or other scripting languages
  • Knowledge of scientific authoring frameworks (LaTeX, Rmarkdown) and R-Shiny
  • Experience with version control, method benchmarking, or data management technologies

Why join us

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. The position also offers the opportunity to help shape future developments of ‘data science’ in biology, such as publication and communication best practices.

As an inclusive, equal opportunity employer we offer attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a 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 a child care facility on campus. 

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.

If you have any questions prior to your application for this job position, please contact Wolfgang Huber (