Head of Bioinformatic Systems and IT at NGI-Uppsala, SNP SEQ

Uppsala University

Application deadline

June 18, 2021

Head of Bioinformatic Systems and IT at NGI-Uppsala, SNP&SEQ

Uppsala University, Department of Medical Sciences 

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The SNP&SEQ Technology Platform (SNP&SEQ) at Uppsala University is one of the units of the National Genomics Infrastructure (NGI) hosted by the Genomics Platform at SciLifeLab. With its modern state-of-the-art instrumentation for SNP-genotyping and next generation sequencing (NGS), SNP&SEQ offers service to users within Swedish academia and industry, as well as to international users. SNP&SEQ is a multidisciplinary team with project coordinators, research engineers, bioinformaticians, system developers, system administrators, and researchers who work closely together to provide access to cutting-edge technologies for genomics research. Each year, >300 terabases of sequencing data are generated from >20,000 samples and >25 billion genotypes are generated from >50,000 samples. For more information about SNP&SEQ, its staff and services, please visit: https://snpseq.medsci.uu.se/.

The SNP&SEQ is part of the Department of Medical Sciences, a large clinical department with approximately 250 persons employed and more than 300 persons affiliated with the University Hospital. More information about the department can be found here: www.medsci.uu.se.

At SNP&SEQ, we are looking for a new Head to lead our Systems group. The Systems group is responsible for the operation and development of the software and IT systems used to support our laboratory and bioinformatic processes within the unit.

The Systems group consists of a team of committed and knowledgeable individuals focused on maintaining, optimizing, and developing the various systems used in our unit. Some examples of our current systems include automation of data handling and analysis processes (e.g. our inhouse developed open source software Arteria); tracking of samples, steps and reagents in laboratory workflows (LIMS, laboratory information management system); document management (Canea and Confluence); visualization of key performance indicators (KPI) from different parts of the operations (Tableau), etc. SNP&SEQ works according to the European quality standard ISO/IEC 17025 and is accredited by SWEDAC as a testing laboratory for genotyping and sequencing. All of the work carried out at SNP&SEQ is performed with focus on providing service at the highest possible quality.

Your role as Head of Systems at SNP&SEQ: You will be responsible for planning and coordinating the daily work in the Systems group. You will actively participate in the development and maintenance of software and hardware. You will work closely with the other Heads within the unit, as well as with the management group to continuously identify the needs from the various parts of the organization and to concretize this into goals within the Systems group.

The role as Head of Systems also includes personnel management, yearly employee dialogues, regular workplace meetings, etc.

Tasks include the following:

  • Lead project design, development and validation using team collaboration software, e.g. Jira and Confluence.
  • Lead open-source projects for processing and analysis of data at petabyte scale, or create integrations between internal and external systems.
  • Allocate personnel resources to different projects in the Systems group, prioritize, and be responsible for the group’s development.
  • Plan, execute and follow-up the development, results and goals of the Systems group together with the personnel and other heads.
  • Actively participate in the SNP&SEQ management group.
  • Proactively work on within group and within unit collaborations.
  • Maintain external contacts with Uppsala University IT-services, UPPMAX, and collaborators within SciLifeLab, etc.
  • Coordinate the IT solutions within SNP&SEQ.
  • Responsibility for the information security.
  • Responsibility for maintaining a high standard and reproducibility, for example by maintaining proper documentation.
  • Organize internal support for proprietary software and integrations.

The tasks may change and be expanded within the framework of the unit’s assignment, depending on the applicant’s skills and background.

Qualification requirements:

  • More than three years documented experience in a management role with work environment responsibility and direct management of staff.
  • University/college degree in systems development, bioinformatics or IT, and at least five years of work experience from work in one of these three areas.
  • Genuine interest in leading and creating conditions for the full potential of employees and the group in relation to the needs of the unit.
  • We are looking for a person who is passionate about leading and developing people. You must have the ability to take initiative, you are thorough, responsible and have a good ability for both independent and group work.
  • You have the ability to lead a group during change and development.
  • Very good organizational and collaborative skills, as well as good judgment.
  • You can communicate in a professional, objective and clear way with employees, collaborators and the management group.
  • Ability to work in a structured and efficient manner.
  • Knowledge of programming.
  • Good knowledge of English in both speech and writing.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities, such as a positive attitude and good ability to work together.

Other qualifications:

  • Knowledge and understanding of methods and applications in molecular biology and genetics.
  • Knowledge of programming in Python.
  • Experience from working as a project manager.
  • Experience of working in projects run according to agile methods (scrum).
  • Experience of work in system development.
  • Experience of laboratory and/or bioinformatics work in large-scale sequencing (NGS) and/or SNP genotyping.
  • Experience from work in an accredited organization.
  • Experience from procurement and commissioning of computer clusters or software systems.
  • Knowledge of Swedish in both speech and writing.

Salary: Individual salary

Starting date: As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed

Type of employment: Permanent position with a 6 months probationary period

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Ulrika Liljedahl, Head of unit, SNP&SEQ, ulrika.liljedahl@medsci.uu.se, Jessica Nordlund, Platform Scientific Director, SNP&SEQ, jessica.nordlund@medsci.uu.se

Please submit your application by 3 June 2021, UFV-PA 2021/1640.

Type of employmentPermanent position
Contract typeFull time
First day of employmentEnligt ök
SalaryFast lön 
Number of positions1
Working hours100 %
CountyUppsala län
Reference numberUFV-PA 2021/1640
Union representativeSeko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Last application date03.Jun.2021 11:59 PM CET

Last updated: 2021-06-04

Content Responsible: David Gotthold(david.gotthold@scilifelab.se)