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Science Officer – Bioinformatics Tools & Training

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Grade 5 or 6 salary offered depending on qualifications and experience (monthly salary starting at £3,090 or £3,456 per month after tax) + other paid benefits

About the team/job

ELIXIR is seeking an experienced bioinformatician who can combine technical understanding of current trends in bioinformatics software with experience of training for bioinformatics researchers.

Based at the ELIXIR Hub in Cambridgeshire, UK, you will work with the ELIXIR Tools Platform and the ELIXIR Training Platform as part of an international multidisciplinary team delivering a world leading research infrastructure and enabling open access to high quality bioinformatics resources. 

Your role

As a Science Officer, you will connect the technical and scientific experts of the Europe-wide ELIXIR organisation, provide expertise on the components of the ELIXIR infrastructure, and evaluate new developments in data-centric life science research. The role is suited to someone who combines an interest in the technical aspects of the role with enthusiasm for connecting people and enabling productive collaborations.

Activities will include:

  • Researching and reporting on the current state of the art and trends in technology and science through literature research and conference attendance.
  • Overseeing, reporting on and participating in the design, prototyping, building, monitoring or maintenance of software, databases, metadata and computational resources.
  • Contributing to the production and delivery of project reports and journal publications. Creating and delivering training materials associated with ELIXIR services and participation in train-the-trainer events.
  • Participating in a wide range of virtual and face-to-face events including presenting, co-chairing, active minute taking and organising.

Grade 6 Senior Science Officer would perform the above tasks plus:

  • Mentor & train more junior members of the team and the ELIXIR network.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with ELIXIR members and collaborators internationally and identifying expertise and requirements relevant to ELIXIR activities.
  • Take responsibility for the delivery of project tasks as lead on international teams of researchers.
  • Independently research developments in the science & technology and propose their adoption.

We strongly encourage all candidates, even if they do not meet all the requirements mentioned above, to apply for this position. In your Cover Letter, kindly highlight the areas in which you excel the most, as we believe diverse skills and experiences contribute to our dynamic work environment. 

You have

  • You must have a university degree in the field of life science, computer science, or another scientific, technical or engineering discipline with solid interest in and experience of bioinformatics research. An advanced degree or equivalent experience in one of these fields is a plus.
  • You should have some postgraduate experience in the practice of data-centric research in the life sciences and two or more of the following skills:
  • Computer systems including authentication technologies, databases, data management and significant experience working in a Cloud or HPC environment.
  • Scientific software development, particularly the use of widely used life science software tools and languages, deployment technologies, and workflow definition languages.
  • Biological data management and use including the development of databases and the sharing & interpretation of complex data sets.
  • Metadata, ontologies and the use of Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable (FAIR) resources to link disparate data sets.
  • Experience with datasets and analytical problems in molecular biology, biodiversity or human health.

As a Senior Technical Officer you should have several years of practical experience in application of these skills. 

You might also have

  • Willingness to occasionally work outside normal European office hours and travel to ELIXIR Nodes and stakeholder meetings (usually in European countries) as required.
  • Ability to communicate to a professional level in additional European languages. 

Why join us

Do something meaningful
ELIXIR unites Europe’s leading life science organisations in managing and safeguarding the increasing volume of data being generated by publicly funded research. It coordinates, integrates and sustains bioinformatics resources across its member states and enables users in academia and industry to access services that are vital for their research.

Join a culture of innovation
We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus, alongside other prominent research and biotech organisations, and surrounded by beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. This is a highly collaborative and inclusive community where our employees enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. We are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their professional potential. 

Enjoy lots of benefits:

  • Financial incentives: Monthly family, child and non-resident allowances, annual salary review, pension scheme, death benefit, long-term care, accident-at-work and unemployment insurances
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover)
  • Generous time off: 30 days annual leave per year, in addition to eight bank holidays
  • Relocation package including installation grant (if required
  • Campus life: Free shuttle bus to and from work, on-site library, subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria, casual dress code, extensive sports and social club activities (on campus and remotely)
  • Family benefits: On-site nursery, 10 days of child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances
  • Benefits for non-UK residents: Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance.

For more details please see our employee benefits page

What else you need to know

  • Contract duration: This is a 3 year fixed term contract renewable to a maximum of 9 years.
  • International applicants: We recruit internationally and successful candidates are offered visa exemptions. Read more on our page for international applicants.
  • Diversity and inclusion: We strongly believe that inclusive and diverse teams benefit from higher levels of innovation and creative thought. We encourage applications from women, LGBTQ+ and individuals from all nationalities.
  • Job location: This role is based in Hinxton, UK and you will be required to relocate if you are currently based abroad. 
  • Hybrid working arrangements: We offer a flexible working arrangements, part of this is our hybrid working policy the ELIXIR team spends 3 days per week in the office
  • How to apply: To apply please submit a cover letter and a CV through our online system. We plan to interview remotely over Zoom Week Commencing 9 October, a presentation will be required as part of the process and more information will be provided to the invited candidates.

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