Global BioImaging – Manager

Posted by , on 4 August 2021

The Euro-BioImaging Bio-Hub hosted by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is seeking for a highly motivated international scientific relations professional to manage the Global BioImaging network ( and lead its sustainable development.

Global BioImaging (GBI) is a growing international network of imaging infrastructures and communities, founded in 2015 and coordinated by EMBL. Global BioImaging connects under the same umbrella organization 11 international partners all over the world, representing their respective country or region: Euro-BioImaging ERIC, Japan’s Advanced Bioimaging Support, Microscopy Australia, Australia’s National Imaging Facility, Mexico’s National Laboratory for Advanced Microscopy, South Africa BioImaging, India BioImaging Consortium, Singapore Microscopy Infrastructure Network, BioImaging North America, Canada BioImaging and Latin America Bioimaging. Together, these imaging infrastructures and communities are committed to strengthening bioimaging research globally, via open access to cutting edge instrumentation, training and data as well as by building a strong case towards science funders and stakeholders that imaging technologies and research infrastructures are key for the advancement of the life sciences.

In practice, Global BioImaging provides an international forum for communication, cooperation as well as training in imaging technologies and core facility management. Via its Working Groups, it elaborates international recommendations and white papers on topics of key relevance for the bioimaging community at large, such as data management, impact of imaging facilities and quality management. Via its events, it brings the community together and provides a platform for enhanced collaboration while speaking with one voice both towards the scientific community and the policy makers.

Global BioImaging is currently funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) in the framework of its imaging program ( It aims at growing its activities, enlarging its worldwide representation, enhancing its impact and implementing a strategy to put in place a self-sustainable administrative framework within the end of 2023.

Your role

In the framework of Global BioImaging’s continuous growth, we are seeking an experienced scientific management and external relations professional to join the Euro-BioImaging Bio-Hub team at the EMBL in Heidelberg as Global BioImaging Manager. She/he will work in close collaboration with the international Euro-BioImaging Bio-Hub team and the Global BioImaging partners listed above. The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Strengthening and expanding relations with existing international partners and onboarding new ones (e.g. Africa, Brazil, Chile, Korea, Taiwan), thanks to swift internal and external communication, continuous discussions with the international Management Board members and ad-hoc collaborative projects with the GBI new and emerging communities
  • Developing a model for a long-term sustainable Global BioImaging network in close collaboration with our international partners and funders
  • Exploring sustainable funding mechanisms and routes (including e.g. membership schemes, industrial funding, EC grants) to support the activities of the Global BioImaging network in the period post 2023
  • Connecting Global BioImaging with other scientific initiatives (e.g. CTLS, ELMI) as well as with political ones relevant to Europe’s strategy for international cooperation in a changing world (COM(2021)252), at the aim of increasing the network’s visibility with relevant stakeholders (e.g. EC, ESFRI, GSO) and promoting its evolution as a global player in bioimaging research
  • Contributing to the continuous building of a network of international experts in imaging, in collaboration with the GBI training programme manager, the Director of the Euro-BioImaging ERIC Bio-Hub and EMBL’s leadership
  • Organization of Management Board meetings and activities, including both strategic and administrative tasks
  • Organization of the annual Exchange of Experience international workshop, which is the annual gathering of the Global BioImaging community
  • Carrying out Project Management tasks related to the administration of the CZI Global BioImaging grant, including website maintenance, external communication, periodic reporting and ensuring compliance of grant’s activities with the funder’s rules and procedures

Reporting results to the Director of the Euro-BioImaging ERIC Bio-Hub as well as to EMBL’s leadership.

You have

We are seeking a mature scientific relations professional, who is positive, bright, enthusiastic, has a drive for community building in science and knowledge of science policy. The ideal candidate should have:

  • An advanced degree (PhD level) in the life sciences or equivalent and at least 2 years of project management experience
  • The ability to effectively interact with multiple stakeholders on an international and interdisciplinary level, including public and private funders as well as industry partners
  • Experience in external or international relations in a scientific environment
  • Experience in funding acquisition and knowledge of science funding mechanisms

A demonstrated understanding of cultural differences and of the working dynamics of international and diverse teams is required. The successful candidate has experience of working in a high-paced professional, academic environment, 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 external communication activities, marketing and social media management
  • Experience in team building and professional networking
  • Experience in research infrastructures
  • Experience in science policy analysis

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.

In your online application, you will be asked to include a cover letter, CV and the contact details of 3 referees. Further information about the position can be obtained from Federica Paina (, current Global BioImaging Manager; and Antje Keppler (, Director Euro-BioImaging Bio-Hub.

Interviews are planned for September 2021.

The initial contract is for a period of two years. 

Closing date: 5 September 2021

Please apply online through:

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