European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Project Manager - Heidelberg Center for Human Bioinformatics (HD-HuB)

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Heidelberg, Germany


About the team/job


The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations in the world. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany), with additional sites in Barcelona (Spain), Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton near Cambridge (UK), Rome (Italy).

The Bork Group and Zeller Team are seeking a project manager to coordinate joint activities between several research groups at EMBL, the German Cancer Research Center DKFZ, Heidelberg University, Saarland University and Charité towards bioinformatics service provision in an inter-institutional center called HD-HuBHD-HuB is committed to establishing a high-quality service platform in human bioinformatics, which comprises software tools, analysis workflows, cloud infrastructures and training courses on general and application-specific bioinformatics skills. HD-HuB is part of the German network for bioinformatics infrastructure (de.NBI) and the European ELIXIR network.


Your role



  • Establish personal interactions with scientists and bioinformaticians from EMBL research groups (Bork, Zeller, Huber, Korbel) and HD-HuB partners from DKFZ, HD University, Saarland University and Charité and coordinate local activities with scientific and administrative personnel from the de.NBI and ELIXIR networks;

  • Support the management of HD-HuB with planning, reporting, outreach and communication activities;

  • Proactively coordinate with various stakeholders (consortium partners, de.NBI administration, funding bodies) and execute his/her tasks in a careful, independent and forward-looking manner;

  • Together with the coordinator, develop and implement a concept concerning the sustainability of the HD-HuB network;

  • Help to maintain shared project documentation and support (also financial) grant reporting;

  • Contribute to the planning and organization of training courses, workshops and other events;

  • Coordinate the content maintenance of the HD-HuB web portal;

  • Actively take part in initiatives seeking to acquire funding for sustained bioinformatics service provision;

  • Travel to project and network meetings in Germany approx. 4 to 6 times per year.

This position is ideally suited for an applicant who:

  • likes to make a distinct contribution to planning and execution of cutting-edge bioinformatics projects by written, visual and verbal communication and coordination of activities across research groups and institutions;
  • thinks strategically while steering day-to-day activities towards the common goal of providing world-class bioinformatics service;
  • enjoys networking with researchers from various areas within computational biology;
  • is looking for a part-time position with diverse responsibilities in a young dynamic team immersed in EMBL’s collaborative, interdisciplinary, and culturally diverse research environment.

You have



  • MSc in computational biology, bioinformatics, computer science, biology or a related field. Further research experience (e.g. PhD) is considered a plus;

  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills as well as proficiency in English and German (both written and verbal);

  • effective organizational, multi-tasking and time-management skills with prior experience in organizing courses, workshops or conferences and/or in managing larger collaborative research projects (or similar);

  • experience in grant writing and reporting (including budgeting aspects);

  • strong working knowledge of MS Office.

You might also have



  • formal qualifications and/or work experience in scientific project management (considered a strong advantage);

  • experience with content management systems and/or basic web development skills;

  • basic understanding of legal framework;

  • visual communication skills.

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, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including your family and the availability of an excellent child care facility on campus.


What else do I 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.

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

For more information, contact: Georg Zeller (zeller@embl.de)

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: embl-HD01557

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