European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Coordinator, Phenomics Data

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom

About the team/job

The Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies Team seeks a Phenotype Data Coordinator to oversee informatics and phenomics components of NIH Knockout Mouse Project and the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium. The International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC) is an international effort by 19 research institutions to identify the function of every protein-coding gene in the mouse genome with the aim of elucidating human disease biology. Recent publications have identified new deafness genes, provided an improved understanding of essential genes in mouse and human

Working at EMBL-EBI provides access to international projects at the leading edge of data management, data analysis and data science. This is an exciting opportunity to work on an international project which is delivering a highly accessed large and impactful phenomics dataset.

Your role

The Phenotype Data Coordinator will work with members of EMBL- EBI’s Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies Team and with collaborators in the UK and internationally to deliver complex phenotypic data relevant to human health.  The post holder’s tasks will include:

  • Delivery of web portal(s) for complex mouse and human phenotypic data, for example

  • Managing the project’s data releases in collaboration with the project’s partners
    Delivery of gene, phenotype and disease specific software components including GUIs, archival databases and statistical analysis pipelines

  • Perform collaborative statistical analyses with the team’s data scientists and with the consortium’s international partners

  • Liaison with the project’s user community to design and deliver interface new and improved interface and infrastructural components

  • Integration of phenotypic data into EMBL-EBI and external resources, e.g. the BioImageArchive and international rare disease projects

  • Development and delivery of the project’s training materials and user documentation

  • Presentation of the project’s resources and scientific outputs within EMBL-EBI and at international conferences

  • Line management of project’s personnel

  • Reporting on the project’s progress


You have

The successful applicant must have previous experience in managing a team, reporting on and preferably writing NIH and development of a data integration strategy. The ideal candidate will have a background in biology and have practical knowledge of genetics, use of model species and human phenotypic data, have experience of statistical analysis and translational research.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates who can demonstrate solid problem solving skills, excellent attention to detail and have experience of working to deadlines and solving difficult bioinformatics problems. You must be able to work autonomously and use their own initiative as well as being able to work as part of a team when necessary. Willingness to undertake international travel and availability for US based teleconferences is essential for this post. Excellent interpersonal, communication and strong English language skills are essential.

Informal enquiries can be made to Helen Parkinson, Head of the Molecular Archives,


You might also have

Candidates with experience of genomics, ontology development and use are welcomed.


Why join us

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by over 27 member states and two associate member states. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 850 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation. For more information about pay and benefits click here.

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.


What else you need to know

To view a copy of the full job description please click here

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system. Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

This position is limited to the project duration specified.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: embl-EBI01600