Senior Bioinformatician


Job Description

We are seeking to recruit an experienced Bioinformatician to lead the day-to-day bioinformatics activities within the PhenoMeNal H2020 project, which is to create an e-infrastructure for large-scale computing with medical metabolomics data. You will join the Cheminformatics team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

You will lead the further development, scaling and integration of existing bioinformatics solutions into a European e-infrastructure for analysing medical metabolomics data. This will lead into the development of virtual machine images (VMIs) to sustain various levels of data storage, pre-processing, integration, analysis, and visualisation. The use of VMIs will enable a flexible architecture that can run on local systems within participating and collaborating organisations, and maintain a high level of data security/integrity. Tools, services and associated software included in the different VMI’s will be developed and integrated. The project will integrate well established stand-alone bioinformatics tools and a significant amount of research is necessary to investigate the requirements for interoperability of those tools in a coherent practically useful processing pipeline.

The EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and it is a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation. EMBL-EBI provides freely available data from life science experiments, performs basic research in computational biology and offers an extensive user training programme, supporting researchers in academic and industry.

Qualifications and Experience

You should have a degree in bioinformatics or a related field with relevant experience in the areas described above.

Essential skills:
• Fluency in Java and web development
• Strong experience with R
• Experienced with agile software development
• Familiarity data analysis and database development will be very beneficial
• Any experience with NMR or mass spectrometry will benefit your application

Experience in building VMs and distributed applications that can run unchanged on local computers as well as VMs, utilising platforms like Docker is desirable.

You must be able to work as part of a focussed team, but as the same time be self-driven, trustworthy and able to work independently You will lead the bioinformatics developments within the consortium and therefore must be a structured worker with demonstrated leadership skills, good communication skills, and willingness to travel to European project meetings.


  EMBL is 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.
We provide a dynamic, international working environment and have close ties with both the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
EMBL-EBI 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.
The initial contract is for a period of 3 years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.

Application Instructions

We welcome applications irrespective of gender and appointment will be based on merit alone. Applications are welcome from all nationalities – visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

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Additional Information

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

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