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Amsterdam, the Netherlands / Full Time

April 18

EATRIS on behalf of EU-AMRI (the Alliance of Medical Research Infrastructure) is looking for a Data Director (leadership role) to support EATRIS and the Alliance in long-term development and positioning in the translational and health data space.

The main responsibilities include:


  • To engage with EATRIS Translational Research community to identify needs and positioning of EATRIS in the data space;
  • To support in defining a medium term (3-5 years) data strategy for EATRIS and its platforms specifically, including how to link to or focus on precision medicine in relation to EU-AMRI;
  • To identify tools, solutions and best-practices available in the research community, assemble a portfolio of services required for advancing Translational Research in EU according to need and long-term strategy in the European and Global context (e.g. Open Data access, EOSC…);
  • To represent EATRIS’ interest and its community at large at high level policy meetings, EU positioning and large-scale initiatives data related (EOSC, eHealth Data Space, Research Data Alliance, ESFRI, stakeholder engagement for EU projects and others…)
  • To identify opportunities for EATRIS and internal members (national and institutional levels);
  • Contribute to on-going data-related EU-projects where EATRIS is a partner (EOSC-life, HealthyCloud and EOSC-Future) and future proposals under preparation.


  • Together with BBMRI and ECRIN contribute to the coordination of data services for EU-AMRI.
  • Through engaging with EU-AMRI’s users to develop a deeper understanding of the user community’s needs among the 3 RIs;
  • To support in defining a medium term (3-5 years) data strategy for EU-AMRI, including whether/how to link to or focus on precision medicine and make best use of opportunities offered by machine learning and data science;
  • Align strategy with other research infrastructures and initiatives in the health data sciences on a European level (ELIXIR, PHIRI, EuroBioimaging, others) and at a national level;
  • To provide project management and steering committee representation in any service implementation or tool development project EU-AMRI is engaged;
  • To represent EU-AMRI’s interest and the medical research community at large at high level policy meetings, EU positioning and large-scale initiatives data related (EOSC, Research Data Alliance, stakeholder engagement for EU projects and others).


  • PhD or similar experience in biomedical/life sciences research
  • 10-year proven experience with data-intense – computational work in that domain including with sensitive, clinical data at technical and policy level
  • Good understanding of the EU-landscape of EU Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and other on-going actions (EOSC, RDA, Digital Health Space)
  • Experience from both the public and the private sector would be a plus
  • Autonomous with experience in leadership position
  • Open attitude, flexible and diplomatic skills
  • Excellent command in English (written & oral)


The Data Director (28 – 40 hours per week depending on the candidate) will be dedicated part of the time to EATRIS, and part of the time to the Alliance, with an approximately 50/50 split in activities.

Primarily based at the Coordination & Support office of EATRIS ERIC, located on the campus of the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Remote work is an option.

Starting date: As soon as possible.

Competitive remuneration package included.

Please send a copy of your CV and a letter of motivation before 30 April 2021 to:

Lisa Williams, marielisawilliams@eatris.eu with subject ’Data Director’.

For further information please call +31 6 14 58 51 35.

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