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. With 200 employees and 700 affiliated members across 28 partner institutions, SIB fosters collaboration and knowledge sharing, and connects the Swiss community to European and global counterparts—for instance by acting as the Swiss node for the ELIXIR European life science data infrastructure. SIB 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 Basel, Switzerland, we are seeking a
Group Leader (rank Director)


SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

Work Location

Basel, Switzerland

Employment fraction

80% - 100%

Type of contract


Job description
SIB plays a key role in the development of the Swiss personalized health landscape. 

Since 2017, SIB has led the BioMedIT trusted research environment, which allows for the secure mobilization of health data, its processing and exploitation in the realm of data-driven research approaches in biomedicine. Together with the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS), SIB has also co-led the Swiss Personalised Health Network (SPHN). In particular, SIB has been in charge of the SPHN’s Data Coordination Center (DCC) responsible for the development, implementation and validation of coordinated data infrastructures in order to make health-relevant data interoperable and shareable for research in Switzerland. Financing for the SPHN and BioMedIT core data infrastructures is secured for the coming years under a new framework (SPHN-DCC).

To lead SIB’s activities in personalized health informatics into the future, we are looking for a new Group Leader (Director rank) (80-100%) to join our Centre of Excellence. 

If you are ready to make a difference and are a dynamic, enthusiastic individual who wants to embark on a new journey, then this role is for you! Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to drive a true national transformation in health data sharing and reuse.

The missions of this role are to
  • Drive the development of the SPHN-DCC national service and data infrastructure portfolio in the context of the highly dynamic Swiss health research data ecosystem. 
  • Enhance SIB’s mission and reinforce its Centre of Excellence in Personalized Health Informatics by spearheading and participating in initiatives that facilitate the sharing and repurposing of medical data for research. 
  • Provide strategic direction and oversee the further development of BioMedIT, a network of secure IT infrastructures and services at Swiss schools of higher education, including the development and implementation of a strategy to ensure long-term sustainability of BioMedIT. 
  • In close collaboration with Swiss hospitals, universities, and other partners of SPHN, lead and manage the national efforts in the organization and FAIRification of clinical and molecular health data for personalized health research. 
  • Seize new collaboration opportunities at a European and national level and establish strong working relations with key national and international stakeholders and partners in the academic, clinical, industrial, and governmental realms. 
  • Manage budgets, and oversee efficient financial planning, management and deployment of resources. 
  • Ensure the strategic and operational leadership of the group as part of SIB’s Centre of Excellence. 
  • As member of SIB’s senior management team, contribute to the strategic development of the institute.
Profile requirements
  • PhD in bio- or medical informatics or closely related discipline, or an MD degree with a strong emphasis on biomedical data or comparable
  • Minimum 5 years of management and leadership experience, managing medium-size teams in an academic, healthcare, or industrial life-science setting 
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and successfully lead multi-stakeholder projects in an academic, health research setting; industrial life-science experience is a plus 
  • Extensive experience in health data management, information technology, clinical bioinformatics, proven experience (5+ years) at a senior level of an organisation or network working on clinical and health data 
  • Demonstrated track record in obtaining grants as a PI and/or setting up services and collaborations
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, and the capacity to think synthetically and strategically, as well as to identify opportunities and anticipate potential threats 
  • A collaborative spirit, exceptional interpersonal, diplomatic and negotiation skills, the ability to find consensus and compromise and a solution-oriented attitude are key to succeeding in this role 
  • A structured and strategic approach with excellent organizational skills 
  • Outstanding writing and communication skills in English. Knowledge of German and/or French are a plus
  • Ideally you already have an extensive network of connections in the Swiss healthcare, public health or health research spheres at a senior level and are familiar with the Swiss regulatory landscape and governmental players.

This role requires frequent travel in Switzerland, and occasional international trips.

SIB offers a flexible, dynamic working environment, personal and professional development opportunities, and an excellent work-life balance in return for your work. The place of work is in Basel, near the SBB station. More information about the PHI Group and its activities is available at:

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 submit your application including CV and letter of motivation through our online portal by clicking the "Apply" button.