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Scientific Project Manager AI4LIFE

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Euro-BioImaging ERIC ( is a leading pan-European research infrastructure that provides the scientific community open access to cutting-edge biological and biomedical imaging services. The Euro-BioImaging Bio-Hub hosted by European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is looking for a highly motivated Scientific Project Manager to support the operation of the newly funded EU project, AI4LIFE, which aims at making pre-trained deep learning models and methods for microscopy imaging, Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR, for life science researchers. 

The AI4LIFE project brings together top international experts in the field of deep-learning method development for life science imaging and translates these innovative methods to services that can be easily accessed by the community. For the project to be truly successful, reaching out to a diverse community is hence crucial. To engage with various research communities, Open Calls and Challenges will be organised along the full duration of the project and interaction with partner Research Infrastructures will be key. Multiple workshops and hackathons will also be organised to encourage interactions within developers and users of the services. Dissemination of the crucial results from the AI4LIFE project will be highly relevant for the users of the infrastructure as well as the life science communities at large.

Your role

The successful candidate will be an integral part of the highly international and still young Euro-BioImaging Bio-Hub team at the EMBL in Heidelberg. The scientific project manager will have the opportunity to work collaboratively in a small but diverse team with expertise in imaging technologies, image data management and analysis, project management, communication and outreach, training, industry relations and science policy. The postholder will also work closely with the scientific coordinators of the AI4LIFE project, and various project partners. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Defining, planning and running AI4LIFE Open Calls and Challenges in close collaboration with the scientific experts
  • Disseminating AI4LIFE services to the scientific community and engaging with users through workshops, training courses, and presentations at international conferences
  • Planning and organisation of virtual, face-to-face and hybrid project meetings, workshops, hackathons and training events, and recording the outcomes for meaningful dissemination
  • Executing a fitting dissemination, exploitation and communication strategy for the project 
  • Ensuring engagement with a wide scientific community, including partner Research Infrastructures, industry and general public
  • Liaising with scientific coordinators, project management, project partners and other stakeholders on project related operations
  • Reporting of project progress to the Bio-Hub team and Director 

In the long run, the postholder’s expertise and interaction with AI4LIFE project partners and the scientific community will result in successful provision, as well as accession of the services provided in the project, empowering the Euro-BioImaging stakeholders and the global scientific community.

You have

We are looking for a motivated self-starter with an open attitude towards new responsibilities and tasks. The successful applicant will have an intrinsic motivation to deliver, be well structured, rigorous and able to work independently. We welcome a creative, problem-solving colleague, who enjoys working in an international interdisciplinary team within a highly collaborative atmosphere. The ideal candidate should: 

  • Have a Master (or higher) degree in the life sciences ideally followed by multiple years of relevant experience. 
  • Have proven ability to effectively interact with multiple stakeholders on international and interdisciplinary level.
  • Have experience in working with either, or a combination, of imaging technologies, image data analysis, image data management.
  • Have excellent organisational, management, prioritising, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English.

This position requires foundational scientific knowledge about imaging and image analysis processes to support the project.

You might also have

  • Experience with online content management (WordPress or similar)
  • Experience in organisation of conferences, trainings, or workshops
  • Experience in science communication or engagement with diverse stakeholders

Why join us

Euro-BioImaging ERIC is a joint effort of 16 countries and EMBL. This European research infrastructure is managed by the tripartite Hub, which consists of Finland as the Statutory Seat, EMBL as the biological imaging coordinator (Bio-Hub) and host of general data services, and Italy as the biomedical imaging coordinator (Med-Hub). Euro-BioImaging services are provided by 33 Nodes (comprising 149 renowned imaging facilities), that are distributed across Europe. These services can be accessed by all scientists through the Euro-BioImaging Web Portal ( 

The mission of Euro-BioImaging ERIC as a distributed research infrastructure is to provide the European research community, collaborative partners and industry with world class imaging services that bridge biological and biomedical imaging and enable innovative and world-class research. Whatever the scale of imaging, Euro-BioImaging provides the tools and support to explore and answer research questions.

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 a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits. Excellent child care facilities are available on campus. Options for work from home can be discussed.

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. 

The working language of the institute is English.

In your online application, you will be asked to include a cover letter, CV and the contact details of 2 referees. Further information about the position can be obtained from Aastha Mathur ([email protected]), Euro-BioImaging Coordinator Image Data Services; and Antje Keppler ([email protected]), Director Bio-Hub, Euro-BioImaging ERIC.

Interviews are planned for early August 2022.

The contract is for a fixed period of three years. 

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