Computational Scientist


Key information

  • Location: EMBL Heidelberg
  • Staff category: Staff Member - Administrative and support
  • Contract duration: 3 years
  • Grading: 6,7 or 8; depending on experience and qualification
  • Closing date: 20 April 2020
  • Reference number: HD01709

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About this position

Recent breakthroughs in imaging technologies have created new challenges related to data analysis and data mining, as well as management and submission of data to public repositories. One of the major activities of the Cell Biology and Biophysics Computational Support team is to provide support at all levels in projects involving image data management, analysis and mining of light microscopy data. The Team also implements computational resources and contributes to the design and teaching of relevant courses. The CBB Support team is searching for a computational scientist with strong background in computational image data analysis and mining and extensive experience in using this to support scientists in answering biological questions.

Your role

As a professional in data analysis, data management and software development you will act as a computational expert inside collaborative research project teams within the Unit. You will also carry out international collaborative work inside European Infrastructure projects, consortia or technology development programs. The main responsibilities are:

  • ensuring effective and proactive communication with international partners on outcomes and on-going activities and organize virtual and physical meetings;
  • monitoring project progresses and insure submission of deliverables and milestones in due time;
  • providing general support to the Unit through, for instance, relevant software development;
  • providing personalized support in data processing, management and release to public repositories;
  • being strongly involved in the design of teaching tools for in-house and international courses on basic and advanced image analysis and data management and lead training and outreach activities;
  • mentoring pre- and post-doctoral fellows and training, advising and supervising EMBL and visiting scientists on the usage of data analysis resources and repositories.

You have

  • a PhD in computer sciences; 
  • several years of experience in data analysis and software development;
  • a strong background in biological data analysis and integration;
  • solid programming skills, excellent knowledge of software development environments and commonly used data analysis software packages;
  • intellectual skills to interact with interdisciplinary collaborators from e.g. biology and physics;
  • ability to plan and implement computational pipelines on large datasets independently, in desktop and compute cluster environments as well as in the cloud and be familiar with relevant programming languages.
  • effective planning skills and the ability to work with tight deadlines;
  • excellent scientific communication across disciplines as well as interpersonal skills; 
  • fluency in written and spoken English.

You might also have

A sound knowledge of general cell biology would be a clear advantage.

Why join us

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 facility is available on campus.

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.

The initial contract is for a period of three years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.