Jobs in Structural Biology and Related Fields

BioImage Archive Team Leader

EMBL-EBI UK, Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Application deadline: 14 Sep 2020

EMBL-EBI is a worldwide leader in bioinformatics: making the world’s public biological data freely available to the scientific community via a range of services and tools, perform research and provide professional training and resources to enable bioinformatics.

EMBL-EBI second largest part of EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) who are an intergovernmental organisation, funded by 27 member states, two associate member states and one prospect member state. Our thriving Campus is located on the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, Cambridge, UK, one of the world’s largest concentrations of scientific and technical expertise in genomics.

EMBL-EBI are proud to have a diverse, multidisciplinary team of over 850 forward thinking people. Our exciting work attracts software developers, technicians and scientists from over 70 nationalities and we strongly encourage applications from individuals worldwide.

Your role

Reporting to an Associate Director, we are seeking an ambitious individual to lead the development of the BioImage Archive at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).

The revolution in imaging technologies has led to the need to share, integrate and reuse image data in a comprehensive way. The BioImage Archive, launched in 2019, was made possible from funds from UKRI provides the means to store and search life science datasets from all imaging technologies at all scales and across all modalities.

Hosted at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), the home of biological data in Europe, the BioImage Archive expands our open data mission to include biological images. An ambitious Team Leader is sought to lead the development of the BioImage Archive into a mature and widely used resource.

Recently celebrating its 1st anniversary, it is our ambition for the BioImage Archive to make the deposition of image data linked to publications as routine as the deposition of nucleotide sequence data into the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA) or of 3D molecular structure data into PDB and raw EM data into EMPIAR.

As an EMBL Faculty member, Community Engagement will be an important part of your work, engaging with EMBL’s wider imaging development, Euro-BioImaging colleagues and imaging community experts to ensure that the archive serves the needs of researchers, data scientists, funders and the wider public.

It will be necessary to develop technical and biological metadata requirements for successful image data submission, as well as to explore and deliver methods to store, link and disseminate image data to enable wide reuse.

The opportunity to integrate image data with ‘omics, structural and other data from a wide variety of studies, ranging from, for example, environmental sampling to single-cell analysis of development will mean collaboration with colleagues across EMBL-EBI.

Finally, the role will encompass encouraging data submissions and attracting additional funding; therefore we expect the candidate to be able to make a compelling case for using the BioImage Archive to researchers, imaging facilities, journal editors, as well as funders to support its development. This post is an EMBL faculty role, in which the first priority is to fully establish the BioImage Archive.

You have

  • A PhD in a relevant field
  • Good understanding of data collection, handling, processing, analysis, visualisation, interpretation, archiving, dissemination etc. preferably for at least one common imaging modality
  • Demonstrated knowledge of research imaging techniques broadly, a life sciences imaging community and its practices, standards, and resources
  • Project and/or people-management experience
  • An understanding of software development (you will be leading a team of developers)
  • Ability to engage within the wider Bioimaging community
  • Enthusiasm and drive to build something new

You might also have

  • Post-doctoral experience in a life sciences research lab or bioimaging facility, either as a data producer or preferably as a collaborator with data producers on microscopy data management and/or image processing
  • Experience in multiple imaging modalities
  • Experience with correlative imaging between multiple modalities (LM-EM, LM-XM or LM-LM)
  • Experience running bioimage data services
  • Experience in writing successful grants
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a collaborative spirit

For more information and to apply for this role, see the EMBL website.

Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom

BioImage Archive Team Leader