Euro-BioImaging Bio-Hub - Coordinator Image Data Services

Euro-BioImaging Bio-Hub - Coordinator Image Data Services|Location:|Heidelberg, Germany

Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 6 or 7, depending on qualifications and experience
Closing Date: 10 September 2020
Reference Number: HD01801

The Euro-BioImaging Bio-Hub hosted by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is seeking for a highly motivated data science professional to coordinate image data services of the newly established European research infrastructure Euro-BioImaging ERIC ( In October 2019, the European Commission has officially established Euro-BioImaging – which provides life scientists with open access to a broad range of technologies and resources in biological and biomedical imaging – as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). Establishment of the Euro-BioImaging ERIC builds on over 10 years of preparatory work with active engagement of 25 national imaging communities, funded by the European Commission and coordinated by EMBL. From the beginning, Euro-BioImaging will build and offer image data services to the research community. The Euro-BioImaging Nodes support their users in data management and quality control. This includes image acquisition for user projects; data management, quality control, primary analysis and transfer to home base as well as advice to fulfil user’s data management plan (according to FAIR principles: The Euro-BioImaging Hub provides services for image data archiving and in the future plans to provide added-value data and knowledge bases for different domains of image data, as well as computational tools for image analysis and processing that can be used via the cloud. The provision of such powerful image data services for the community is of importance not only for the users of the infrastructure but for the life and computational science communities at large. In line with this mission, EMBL, as the host of Euro-BioImaging’s data services has recently launched the BioImage Archive as a new image data resource for the global scientific community.

Your role

We are seeking a Coordinator of Euro-BioImaging’s Data Services to join the Bio-Hub team at the EMBL in Heidelberg. The successful candidate will work for the Euro-BioImaging Hub, and coordinate the provision of image data services to as well as developing the services further in close collaboration with Euro-BioImaging stakeholders (Euro-BioImaging users, Nodes’ staff, imaging communities, technology developers, industry, funders, related EU initiatives etc.) The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Developing and implementing a strategy for Euro-BioImaging’s image data services to Euro-BioImaging stakeholders
  • Identifying community needs and challenges for image data services, especially regarding domain specific added value databases and image data analysis tools and feed them in Euro-BioImaging’s data service strategy.
  • Raising awareness for and integrating the newly launched BioImage Archive into the existing landscape of image data services
  • Promoting commonly developed solutions for tackling image data challenges (e.g. image data provision according to FAIR principles, image data standards, data management plans, etc.)
  • Proactively driving the communication and inter-personal relationships within the Euro-BioImaging stakeholders for image data and services, as well as the user community
  • Close interactions with the participating partner institutions, including Euro-BioImaging Hub and Nodes, as well as related national and European initiatives.
  • Identifying and securing funding opportunities to further develop and scale Euro-BioImaging image data services in the future
  • Building a team of image data service experts
  • Providing and supporting the Euro-BioImaging Hub at EMBL, Finland, and Italy with key information related to image data services’ tasks and activities
  • The Coordinator for Image Data Services will work closely with and report to Section Director of the Euro-BioImaging Bio-Hub. This post will require travel within Europe.

You have

We are seeking a team player, who is positive, bright and ready to take ownership and responsibility of the tasks. The ideal candidate should:

  • Be able to combine in-depth image data management and analysis skills, with management, coordination and scientific experience to provide optimal solutions for the different stakeholders
  • Bring experience in coordination of image data services across several stakeholders, preferably in a scientific environment, with proven ability to effectively interact with multiple stakeholders on international and interdisciplinary level
  • Have an advanced life-science degree (PhD) with relevant professional experience

A high level of computational literacy is required and experience of working in a high-paced professional, academic environment. The successful candidate is a motivated self-starter with a proven ability to manage independently project implementation and delivery within a multi-disciplinary team environment. Effective multi-tasking and the ability to work with tight deadlines are also required. The candidate needs to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to move between the scientific and managerial level. A high standard of written and spoken English is mandatory.

You might also have

  • Experience in European projects with a focus on Open data, FAIR data, etc.
  • Experience with the European Open Science Cloud and related European or national data initiatives
  • Experience in funding acquisition
  • Experience in team building, communication, marketing and professional networking

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 position is still open and applications are accepted until Friday 4 December 2020.