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    Opportunity: Director of Health Informatics @ Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute -- Hinxton/Cambridge, UK
    Submitted by Sam Bowker; posted on Sunday, February 10, 2019


    Health Data Research UK Cambridge is looking to recruit a highly-motivated, strategically aware and skilled Director of Health Informatics to join our pioneering organisation. The role will be based at the Wellcome Sanger Institute on the Wellcome Genome Campus.

    Formed in April 2018, Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) has six UK sites, comprising 22 universities and research institutes, whom work collaboratively as foundation partners to make game-changing improvements in people's health by harnessing data science at scale across the UK. HDR UK Cambridge is based at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and its collaborative partners are:
    • Wellcome Sanger Institute
    • EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute
    • Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    • University of Cambridge


    In conjunction with the HDR-Cambridge Director, you will feed into the overall HDR national strategy for Informatics by leading the formulation and implementation of the health informatics strategy and integration of health data for the new HDR-Cambridge partnership site. This will include:
    • Build and manage the HDR-Cambridge health informatics team
    • Project conception, planning and implementation in health informatics
    • Overseeing the operation of HDR-Cambridge's core hardware, network, software and data infrastructure and working with the HDR Cambridge Programme Manager on operational matters.
    • Development and implementation of appropriate security and governance strategies, including ethics and data protection.


    Key to this role will be the ability to foster new collaborations and identify future opportunities (with a focus on informatics-related dimensions) to continue the growth of the programme. A key member of the Senior Leadership Forum at the Wellcome Sanger Institute you will also hold honorary posts (when deemed necessary) at other partner organisations within HDR Cambridge (i.e. Cambridge University and its associated hospitals and EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute.

    You will have substantial working experience at a senior level in a complex organisational structure with a strong track record in health/clinical informatics research including a broad and detailed understanding of ethical and regulatory issues related to clinical research.

    A strategic thinker, you will be able to demonstrate senior leadership in managing budgets, people and projects and establish and develop key networks and collaborators.

    We are looking for a motivated, creative and flexible individual with a personal ethos of continuous improvement. If you think you have the attributes, skills and experience that we are looking for, please go to our job description and recruitment pack to find out more.

    Essential Skills:

    Education and qualifications:
    • Honours degree in computer science or similar numerical discipline [or relevant practical experience working in the health informatics domain e.g. within the NHS]
    Specialist knowledge and skills:
    • Extensive experience of project conception, planning and implementation in health informatics
    • Substantial experience with understanding ethical and regulatory issues related to clinical research, and confidentiality / data protection
    • Excellent IT skills and knowledge, with the ability to keep up to date with developments in the field
    • Broad and detailed understanding of IT/informatics, including IT infrastructure strategy
    Interpersonal & communication skills:
    • High level of influencing and negotiating skills
    • Strategic thinking, ability to see the `bigger picture', ability to provide concise analyses of complex issues and options
    • Ability to focus and accurately complete tasks within given timeframes while dealing with unscheduled interruptions e.g. changing priorities
    • Skilled in establishing and developing key networks and collaborators
    • Highly developed communication skills with experience of dealing with people at all levels successfully
    Relevant experience:
    • Strong track record in health/clinical informatics research
    • Substantial working experience at a senior level in a complex organisational structure, preferably in a Higher Educational Institution or an NHS organisation with a strong research profile
    • Demonstrated senior leadership, including management of budgets, people, and projects
    • IT systems strategy and implementation
    • The ability to quickly assimilate relevant scientific and technical details
    • Demonstrates initiative, creativity, flexibility and a personal ethos of continuous improvement
    • Proven organisational skills with the ability to plan and schedule effectively


    Fixed-term: 31 March 2023


    Salary range: £71,584 - £81,810 per annum depending on experience plus excellent benefits

    Our Benefits: Our employees have access to a comprehensive range of benefits and facilities including:
    • Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme and Life Assurance
    • Group Income Protection
    • Private Health Insurance
    • 25 days annual leave, increasing by one day a year to a maximum of 30
    • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, a childcare voucher scheme, Campus Nursery and Summer holiday club
    • Two days paid Employee Volunteering Leave a year
    • Employee Discount Scheme
    • Campus Gym, tennis courts, cricket pitch and sports hall plus a range of dining facilities
    • Active Campus Sports and Social Club
    • Free Campus Bus Service


    The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre and committed to training the next generation of genome scientists. Focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease and a world leader in the genomic revolution, our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of human and pathogen biology in order to improve human health. We aim to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens. Our science is large-scale and organised into Programmes, led by our Faculty who conceive and deliver our science, and supported by our Scientific Operations teams responsible for all data production pipelines at the Institute. Our Campus: Set over 125 acres, the stunning and dynamic Wellcome Genome Campus is the biggest aggregate concentration of people in the world working on the common theme of Genomes and BioData. It brings together a diverse and exceptional scientific community, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to pursue some of humanity's greatest challenges.


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    Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

    For an informal chat about the role, please contact John Danesh at: jd292[at]


    Closing date for applications: 10th March 2019


    Genome Research Limited hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

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