November 02, 2020 00:00
The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking a Project Lead to join the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) to provide project coordination for a collaboration between the UK Biobank...
The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking a Project Lead to join the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) to provide project coordination for a collaboration between the UK Biobank and the EGA to archive and distribute 500,000 whole-genomes and 500,000 exomes.UK Biobank is a major national health resource with the aim of improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses - including cancer, heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, eye disorders, depression and forms of dementia. UK Biobank recruited 500,000 people aged between 40-69 years in 2006-10 from across the UK. They have undergone measures, provided blood, urine and saliva samples for future analysis, given detailed information about themselves and agreed to have their health followed. Over the next few years, all of the participants will have their genome sequenced and the genetic and phenotype data will be made available for approved researchers.The EGA is a resource for permanent secure archiving and sharing of all types of potentially identifiable genetic and phenotypic data resulting from biomedical research projects. Its aim is to provide access to data, to foster data re-use, to enable reproducibility and to speed up biomedical and translational research in line with the ‘FAIR’ (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles. The EGA project is part of the ENA/EGA/EVA Archive Infrastructure team led by Thomas Keane, this is part of the Molecular Archives Cluster at EMBL-EBI.As Project Lead, you will have a central role in coordinating the EGA-UK Biobank collaboration deliverables by interacting with multiple groups including the EGA team (Software Developers, DevOps, Helpdesk), EBI Technology and Science Integration Cluster, and UK Biobank to ensure successful delivery of the project goals. You will have line management responsibilities for up to three staff members (Bioinformaticians, and Development Operations). This position is an exciting opportunity to become involved in a project that has the potential to be truly transformative for human genetics. Initial appointment will be for two years with potential for extension based on successful delivery of the service and external funding continuity.
Closes 2 November 2020