The SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics is an internationally recognized non-profit organization, dedicated to biological and biomedical data science. Its data scientists are passionate about creating knowledge and solving complex questions in many fields, from biodiversity and evolution to medicine. They provide essential databases and software platforms as well as bioinformatics expertise and services to academic, clinical, and industry groups. SIB federates the Swiss bioinformatics community of some 800 scientists, encouraging collaboration and knowledge sharing. The Institute contributes to keeping Switzerland at the forefront of innovation by fostering progress in biological research and enhancing health.

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To reinforce our team in Lausanne, Switzerland, we are seeking a Head of IT.
Head of IT


SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

Work Location

Lausanne, Switzerland

Employment fraction


Type of contract


Job tasks

The Head of IT will report to the Director of Operations and will have the responsibility of leading the SIB IT strategy, the IT team and its operations. 

His/Her/Their main responsibilities will be to:

  • Lead, coach, develop the IT team and structure the IT operations
  • Propose and implement (and continuously review) the IT department's vision and strategy
  • Provide IT support and advice for a variety of life science projects of national and international importance, including projects involving the processing of sensitive human data for research purposes or public health surveillance
  • Organize and manage the IT operations including the help desk
  • Adopt technologies that are in line with the organization's objectives and needs
  • Assess the quality and relevance of current infrastructures and make recommendations regarding improvements; manage the hardware and software inventories and their renewals; identify the need for upgrades, configurations or new systems
  • Analyse the organization's IT needs and systems and plan and advise the Management in terms of future IT needs
  • Manage the balance between in-house versus outsourced activities
  • Be responsible for the successful execution of all IT-related projects
  • Manage IT policies and ensure compliance with security standards as per the recommendations of the security experts; closely collaborate with experts regarding the information on security matters.
  • Manage the department's budget
  • Advise Executive Management and relevant stakeholders on IT related matters and contribute actively to the institute's strategic activities

Profile requirements
  • Master's degree in Computer Science or equivalent
  • Formal education or certification in project management or equivalent in experience
  • Minimum 10 years' experience working in IT operations and 5 to 8 years leading an IT department within a highly demanding IT experts environment
  • Experience in IT Service Management, project implementation and evaluation of IT systems and specifications
  • Experience in implementing MS365 (including Active Directory) and common operating systems Linux, MacOS and Windows
  • Knowledge of High Performance Computing with solid working knowledge of networks, datacenters and storage systems, software engineering, coding languages and security protocols
  • Experience in managing IT budgets
  • Understanding of the academic and scientific IT environment is an asset
  • English (spoken/written) and French (spoken); German is an asset
  • Strong leadership and communication skills

How to apply
SIB is committed to ensuring and fostering diversity and equal opportunities in the workplace as well as in the scientific ecosystem.If you are interested in this challenging and highly interesting position, please feel free to apply online or to call Sylvain Delcroix (+41 22 818 87 85) for more information!