Opening For Project Lead - Hinxton

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Amar Annamalai
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Opening For Project Lead - Hinxton

Job Ref:     EBI_00486

Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 4 years
Grading: 8

Job Description
We are seeking a Project Leader to work in both the UniProt Content and the Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies teams at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). You will manage the EBI’s role in the Gene Ontology (GO) and Gene Ontology Annotation (GOA) projects, in collaboration with the NIH funded Gene Ontology and UniProt Consortia. You will manage a team of 4 GO annotators and ontology editors to develop the GO and apply it to UniProtKB data. You will also be responsible for coordinating the integration of GO annotation from many external curation groups into the EBI resources. There will also be collaboration with software engineers in the UniProt Development team for the appropriate delivery of the GOA website and curation tools.

The work is highly collaborative and will involve coordination of the work of EBI team members, design and delivery of priorities and milestones, regular communication with members of the GO consortium and PIs and input into the GO consortium priorities. You will manage multiple intersecting biology-driven and ontology projects with a range of international organizations and prioritize these projects according to available resources in collaboration with the Team Leaders.

You must be able to use your own initiative to create and drive projects to a successful conclusion, including identifying opportunities for funding. You will undertake least two international trips a year, to attend GO Consortium and other related meetings and must be available for international phone calls.

EMBL-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and is located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. We are a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation. 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 enjoy many benefits including 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.

Qualifications and Experience


    Strong biological background (PhD or equivalent level)
    Experience of working with controlled vocabularies ontologies in OBO/OWL and use of ontologies, preferably in a data annotation environment.
    Experience of an ontology editor (e.g. OBO-Edit/Protégé)
    Management experience is required as you will assume line management responsibility for team members as well as project management duties.
    Excellent presentation and communication skills are required as you will draft papers, grants and grant reports, as well as representing EMBL-EBI and the Gene Ontology and UniProt Consortia at international meetings.
    Excellent interpersonal skills
    You should also demonstrate experience of working well both independently and within a team environment.


    Computational skills, for example working within a Unix/Linux environment, Perl/Python scripting or experience of Java, SQL would be an advantage
    An understanding of the GO user community is highly desirable, as you will work with users directly and interact with software developers within the EMBL-EBI and the GO consortium in delivery of tools for biologists which provide access to data and ontologies.

Application Instructions
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Additional Information
EMBL is an exclusive, equal employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

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 depth with applicants selected for interview.

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

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