Data Management Usability Officer

Ghent VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology

21 Sep 2020


VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology

Bio IT



ELIXIR is the European life-sciences infrastructure for biological information. ELIXIR brings together bioinformatics tools, resources and experts into a distributed infrastructure that enables researchers across Europe to share and analyse their life-science research data.

One of the key tasks of the Belgian ELIXIR node is to build a data management and data analysis infrastructure for life-sciences. As such, we aim to provide tailored solutions to enable life sciences researchers to focus on their research question, rather than technical details of data, interoperability, compute resources, …. We are building on the internationally used platform FAIRDOMhub ( for data management, and Galaxy ( and for data analysis.

The ELIXIR Belgium research data management (RDM) team is working in close collaboration with international partners involved in ELIXIR and the ELIXIR-CONVERGE project. Our activities are aligned with initiatives in life-sciences in the context of FAIR data and the European Open Science Cloud.

Job description

Modern (molecular) biology rests on the generation, sharing and integrated analysis of digital data. Managing these often large datasets is, however, not trivial for many researchers. Connecting large amounts of digital life-science data, fosters innovation allowing to address major societal challenges. For this to succeed, research data and digital services need to be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR).

The FAIRDOMhub open source platform is deployed as a tool for research data management (RDM). The Belgian instance is in full development and will allow life science researchers to manage their research data and produce FAIR data by design. As good data management is often perceived as a burden by researchers, is it extremely important to make this process straightforward and intuitive. To accomplish this, we have this open position to enforce our data management team. 

As Data Management Usability Officer, you

  • will be responsible for improving and optimising the user interface and user experience of the RDM platform  
  • will generate graphic designs, user interface elements, mock-ups and prototypes
  • will be in close contact with researchers to evaluate their user experiences on the RDM platform
  • will be responsible for designing use cases in order to further optimise the RDM platform
  • will be responsible to test the performance and ensure the quality of the RDM platform
  • will contribute in maintaining the RDM knowledge hub to facilitate the process of making data FAIR
  • will work closely with the ELIXIR Belgium team, more specifically with our data steward and software developer



  • Master or PhD degree with a background in life-sciences
  • Knowledge about various high-throughput life-sciences data sets like next generation sequencing, proteomics or metabolomics
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing in English
  • Strong in logical reasoning
  • Positive and enthusiastic personality with good interpersonal skills
  • Able to meet deadlines and manage priorities to handle a diverse workload

Desirable but not required

  • Knowledge on data standards and ontologies is an asset
  • Hands-on experience with various high-throughput life-sciences data sets like next generation sequencing, proteomics or metabolomics
  • Experience with digital graphic design is a plus

We offer

  • A fulltime position for 2 years initially. This is part of the long-term strategy for funding research infrastructures in Flanders, therefore prolongation is envisaged pending on the successful renewal of the national project
  • Participation in the building of state-of-the-art data management platform to facilitate research data management for researchers in life-sciences
  • An exciting international environment, engaging with the large life-sciences network across Europe of ELIXIR
  • Work place is the VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology (Ghent, Belgium)

About the institute and research infrastructure

The ELIXIR consortium ( is a European research infrastructure which unites life-science research groups. It coordinates, integrates and sustains bioinformatics resources from the different member states.

The VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology (PSB, is a world-leading plant science institute with the mission to integrate genetics, genomics, phenotyping and bio-computing to unravel the biology of plants and to further explore the potential of plants to build a sustainable world.

The bioinformatics research groups at PSB develop novel software and web tools for the integration of large-scale data sets in the area of genomics, transcriptomics and phenomics for which an extensive computational infrastructure is available on site. PSB coordinates the Belgian ELIXIR Node, more information on

How to apply?

Motivated candidates are asked to apply online.