ELIXIR Scientific Cloud Coordinator

Ghent VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology

11 Jun 2019


VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology

Bio IT



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

The Belgian ELIXIR node has been awarded a grant from the Flemish government to build a data management and data analysis infrastructure for life-sciences. The overall aim of this project is to build an interoperable data infrastructure that provides tailored solutions to enable researchers in life-sciences to focus on their research question, rather than technical details of data, interoperability, compute resources, …. We will build on, and further develop, existing internationally used frameworks and technologies such as FAIRDOMHub (https://fairdomhub.org) for data management, and Galaxy (https://www.usegalaxy.be and https://usegalaxy.eu) and containers (http://biocontainers.pro) for data analysis. To extend the ELIXIR team, we have 5 vacancies available within VIB.

This project is in close collaboration with international partners involved in ELIXIR and aligned with initiatives in life-sciences in the context of FAIR data and the European Open Science Cloud.  In short, if you’re interested in contributing to building the data research infrastructure for the future for life-sciences, these positions should be of interest to you. We are building a multidisciplinary team, therefore we are looking for talented people with complimentary expertise. 

Job description

Modern (molecular) biology rests on the generation, sharing and integrated analysis of digital data. Connecting the large amounts of digital life-science data, fosters innovation allowing to address major societal challenges. The ELIXIR Belgium projects will facilitate the reproducible analysis of life-science data. In collaboration with the Flemish Supercomputer Center (VSC, https://www.vscentrum.be) which is building a Flemish Cloud infrastructure, we will develop and maintain services-on-top targeted to life-science researchers. We will deploy different approaches, targeted at both biologists and bioinformaticians. At VIB, we have experience deploying Galaxy and will provide this for all Flemish researchers (https://usegalaxy.be). To provide more flexibility, we plan to deploy the Genomics Virtual Laboratory (https://www.gvl.org.au) and a container-focussed platform (e.g. Kubernetes). This will be performed in close collaboration with experts in ELIXIR, VSC and the ELIXIR Belgium team.

As a Scientific Cloud Coordinator, you

  • will be responsible to set up and maintain services for data analysis (such as Galaxy, GVL and a container based platform) on top of the Cloud infrastructure of the Flemish Supercomputer Center (VSC),
  • will collaborate closely with developers in the ELIXIR Belgium team, as well as with the supercomputer experts at VSC
  • will be responsible for the alignment of these services with the requirements of the end-users,
  • will optimally align these data analysis platforms with the deployed solutions for research data management,
  • will follow-up on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) activities.



  • Master or PhD degree in Bioinformatics, Bioscience engineering, Computational Biology, Computational Science or equivalent
  • Experience in bioinformatics, life-science research and data-intensive analysis is a must
  • Experience with Linux/Unix environments and BASH scripting
  • Usable programming experience with scripting languages such as Python or Perl
  • Proven experience of collaborative research, research management and project management skills
  • Strong problem solving and interpersonal skills are required
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing in English
  • Positive and enthusiastic personality
  • Able to meet deadlines and manage priorities to handle a diverse workload

Desirable but not required

  • Hands-on experience with HPC and Cloud environments is a plus
  • Experience with (some of) the mentioned platforms or technologies is an asset

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 a future-proof, user-friendly ecosystem of platforms for data management and data analysis open to all researchers
  • 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 (https://www.elixir-europe.org) 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, https://www.psb.ugent.be) 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 https://www.elixir-belgium.org.

How to apply?

Motivated candidates are asked to apply online.