Bioinformatics Technical Community Engagement Officer at the INB/ELIXIR-ES coordination node

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Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)

About BSC

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the leading supercomputing center in Spain. It houses MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, and is a hosting member of the PRACE European distributed supercomputing infrastructure. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC combines HPC service provision and R&D into both computer and computational science (life, earth and engineering sciences) under one roof, and currently has over 770 staff from 55 countries.

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Context And Mission

The Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute (INB) is the major bioinformatics platform in Spain and the Spanish node of ELIXIR. ELIXIR (European Life Science Infrastructure for Biological Information) is a pan-European organization founded in 2014 which aims to integrate and harmonize European bioinformatics infrastructures. ELIXIR coordinates the participation of more than 22 countries; engages with other strategic European initiatives and projects, e.g. ESFRI, Research Data Alliance, EUDat and EGI; promotes specific training activities and workshops on ELIXIR resources, partners with industry, and play a key role in shaping the bioinformatics landscape. Within ELIXIR, the INB is responsible for the bioinformatics infrastructure offered by Spain and, therefore, should guarantee its alignment with the strategic areas put forward by ELIXIR.

Since 2018, the INB has two overarching objectives: deepen the alignment of its activities with ELIXIR, and increase the translational impact of INB actions towards the Spanish National Health System (SNS). For the latter objective, the INB has created and supports TransBioNet (Translational Bioinformatics Network), which aims to structure, bring together and work with bioinformatics groups in healthcare settings with a particular focus on the Health Research Institutes (IIS) recognized by the ISCIII.

The INB coordinates the Data Science programme within the Spanish Infrastructure for Personalized Medicine associated with Science and Technology (IMPaCT in Spanish), which aims to establish an interoperable framework for biomedical data integration and analysis, addressing questions from clinicians through the implementation of computing systems in health environments. This programme will prepare clinical data in Spain for secondary use, including medical imaging, structured and non-structured clinical data and genomics, considering all the legal provisions for each possible use and setting. This programme will involve the liaison with diverse stakeholders, including hospitals, the ISCIII, companies in the biomedical sector, the Spanish Medicines Agency and biomedical researchers, among others. All developments will be aligned with the European initiatives in the area, including those from ELIXIR, 1+Million Genomes, the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health and data-sharing projects such as FAIR4Health, HealthyCloud and TEHDAS.

In 2023 the INB, the Spanish Node of ELIXIR, renovated its portfolio of bioinformatics resources, including platforms, databases, individual tools and web-services. This portfolio, known as Service Delivery Plan (SDP), constitutes the scientific-technical contribution of Spain to ELIXIR. The candidate will join a dynamic team within the Life Sciences department, who will work in the highly cooperative, multidisciplinary and distributed context of ELIXIR and INB (Spanish National Institute of Bioinformatics/ELIXIR-ES) and related national initiatives, such as TransBioNet. The candidate will liaise with all stakeholders within and outside the BSC, and contribute to coordinating the technical tasks, in TransBioNet and IMPaCT, with a specific orientation towards planning dedicated training programmes and communication actions. Specifically, the successful candidate will join the coordination team to facilitate the smooth integration of the newly identified resources into the ELIXIR ecosystem, including its platforms and communities. This person will also support the development of training materials by the different INB/ELIXIR-ES, and maintain up-to-date the website with interviews, events and similar actions to promote and ensure the visibility of the different groups. The candidate will also support the technical engagement of the INB/ELIXIR-ES resources with its user communities.

Key Duties

  • Organise and participate in technical meetings and follow-up across projects and initiatives where the INB participates.
  • Work towards the visibility of the INB activities in the context of ELIXIR platforms, communities and focus groups.
  • Organise local and national training events and disseminate others from elsewhere that may interest the local and national bioinformatics communities.
  • Communicate scientific and technical contributions from INB to the wider public.


  • Education
    • MSc degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Bioinformatics, or a related field.
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • At least 1 year of professional experience with a similar role.
    • Previous experience in coordinating training courses in the bioinformatics area.
    • Excellent command of social media to communicate scientific outputs.
    • Command of graphic design, photography and/or video editing tools.
    • Good understanding of the Spanish and European ecosystem of stakeholders in the Life Sciences research community.
    • Previous experience in the organisation of research-related events
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Fluency in English and Spanish, written and spoken.
  • Competences
    • Excellent report-writing and editing skills essential.
    • Strong personal soft-skills sets: Communicative, enthusiastic, highly collaborative, proactive, self-driven.
    • Willing to travel occasionally.
    • Used to working autonomously. Highly organised.


  • The position will be located at BSC within the Life Sciences Department
  • We offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, restaurant tickets, private health insurance, support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Open-ended contract due to technical and scientific activities linked to the project and budget duration
  • Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona
  • Starting date: 15/April/2023 (or as soon as possible)

Applications procedure and process

All applications must be made through BSC website bottom application form and contain:

  • A full CV in English including contact details
  • A Cover Letter with a statement of interest in English, including two contacts for further references - Applications without this document will not be considered

    In accordance with the OTM-R principles, a gender-balanced recruitment panel is formed for every vacancy at the beginning of the process. After reviewing the content of the applications, the panel will start the interviews, with at least one technical and one administrative interview. A profile questionnaire as well as a technical exercise may be required during the process.

    The panel will make a final decision and all candidates who had contacts with them will receive a feedback with details on the acceptance or rejection of their profile.

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The vacancy will remain open until suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be regularly reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted.

OTM-R principles for selection processes

BSC-CNS is committed to the principles of the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers of the European Commission and the Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment principles (OTM-R). This is applied for any potential candidate in all our processes, for example by creating gender-balanced recruitment planels and recognizing career breaks etc.
BSC-CNS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable state or local law.
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