European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI): IT Security Officer at European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) (Hinxton, UK) (Hinxton, UK)

Posted: Oct 11, 2018

EMBL-EBI is looking to recruit an IT security specialist who will support and develop policy solutions to protect our information assets and advise on any associated technical implementation. The successful candidate will work closely with diverse teams of IT specialists, scientists and developers in order to help them choose and maintain architectures which can be protected and monitored effectively against security threats. The Technical Services teams at EMBL-EBI include over 80 IT staff operating across 6 teams supporting over 700 on site users. Operating over 3 data centre with over 200PB of storage the IT staff operates a large LSF cluster with over 30,000 cores, a VMware environment used to host our internal and external services, an OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure with over 6000 vCPUs and 4.5PB of storage and host over 2000 different service endpoints. EMBL-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation.

Your role


Responsibilities of this role include:

  • Participation in technical and management committees responsible for setting, reviewing and enforcing IT security policy.

  • Working to ensure and demonstrate compliance with external requirements on IT security. This might include, for example, showing compliance with grant proposal requirements.

  • Maintenance of risk registers, procedures and policy documentation relating to technical and administrative aspects of IT security.

  • Periodic review of operational security implementations. This includes careful review of security zones and appropriate placement/protection of services.

  • Periodic audit of security groups and permissions for administrative roles and for roles granted access to restricted data.

  • In conjunction with EMBL-EBI’s network team review, design/build and operate systems considered necessary to improve visibility of security issues. This may include upgrade of intrusion detection systems for example.

  • Participate in security incident response team.

  • Provide education to development teams on both policy and best practice. Where there is conflict between best practice and application, provide advice to development teams and management on risk and mitigation.

  • Where necessary, provide guidance to systems and network administrators on security matters.


The successful candidate will join the Systems Infrastructure team at EMBL-EBI, based on the Wellcome Genome Campus and will report to the Coordinator of Network and Datacentre Infrastructure. The role may require occasional travel to EMBL headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany. Opportunities for continued professional development and education will be available as appropriate to the role.

You have


The successful candidate will be educated to degree level in computer science or have equivalent qualifications/experience. The candidate should be able to demonstrate experience in as many as possible of the following technical areas:

  • Security management frameworks (e.g ISO27K)

  • Security policies around human data

  • Data governance in a research environment

  • Intrusion detection and prevention

  • Penetration testing

  • General Unix/Linux administration (RHEL in particular)

  • Best practice for network security

  • Best practice for Linux, Windows and MacOS desktop systems.

  • Best practice for web server security (web technologies, application architecture).


It is expected that the successful candidate will be used to working independently and enjoy collaboration with a wide variety of people. In addition to technical skills you will need to be well-organised in your approach to work. We will be looking for a candidate who can demonstrate:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work well with technical and non-technical staff

  • Good organisational skills

  • Fastidious record keeping and documentation skills

  • Ability to enthuse and educate others on IT security matters

  • Diplomatic approach to conflict resolution

  • Patience and resilience under pressure

  • Enthusiasm and cooperation when part of a team

  • Productivity and initiative when working individually

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