Data Manager - Open Targets

We are seeking an experienced, and organised Data Manager to join the Open Targets consortium. The post is an exciting opportunity to work with Open Targets project teams to maximise the impact of the data they are producing and will be based at the Wellcome Sanger Institute on the dynamic Wellcome Genome Campus. This is a pivotal role at the heart of the Open Targets Partnership and will give experience at the heart of translational data science.

In this role, you will be working to develop and operate the process by which Open Targets project data is managed and shared with Open Targets partners and integrated with Open Targets informatics products (Open Targets Platform and Genetics Portal). This involves working with large biological data sets (bulk and Single Cell sequencing & expression, eQTL, CRISPR screening) and managing versioning over time across the academic and industrial partners of Open Targets (Bristol Myers Squibb, GSK, Sanofi and Takeda) as part of a multidisciplinary team committed to improving drug target identification and prioritisation.

Salary per annum
37,398 to 44,798
Full Time or Part Time
Full Time
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Contract Length
3 years
Job Reference

Essential Skills


  • Bioinformatics and data organisation skills
  • Experience managing data infrastructure for research project(s)
  • Experience of shell scripting and comfortable in a UNIX environment
  • Other programming language skills (such as python or R) and data analysis experience
  • BSc in Biological Sciences, data science or a related discipline


  • Highly organised with a proactive approach and ability to work independently
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Ideal Skills


  • Familiarity with data transfer methods between institutes
  • Experience of working on large-scale biomedical products
  • Familiarity with genetic and functional genomics data sets, raw & processed


  • Initiative to take forward ideas within scope
  • Knowledge and understanding of policies on data protection with respect to genetic data sharing

Other information

Please include your CV and cover letter in your application. Interviews will be held on 17 and 18 November 2020.

Closing date for applications: 4 November 2020

About Us

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth.

Our benefits:

There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Wellcome Genome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.
As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:

  • 25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
  • Auto-enrolment into a generous Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with enhanced company contribution (for more information, see our Pensions page)
  • Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
  • Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children and Summer holiday club
  • Life Assurance Cover and a Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract of 12 months or more)
  • Enhanced maternity leave and parental leave
  • Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
  • Private Healthcare Scheme 
  • Eyecare and Dental payment plans
  • Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

Being part of the Wellcome Genome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:

  • Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
  • A car-share initiative
  • Free parking
  • A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
  • A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events

In 2020 we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

About Open Targets

Open Targets is a pioneering public-private partnership between EMBL-EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the Wellcome Sanger Institute (Sanger), Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS), Sanofi and Takeda, located on the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, near Cambridge, UK.

Open Targets brings together expertise from six complementary institutions to generate evidence on the biological validity of therapeutic targets and provide an initial assessment of the likely effectiveness of pharmacological intervention on these targets, using genome-scale experiments and analysis. Open Targets aims to provide an R&D framework that applies to all aspects of human disease, to improve the success rate for discovering new medicines and share its data openly in the interests of accelerating drug discovery.