Co-Lead, Cancer Community

Shape the strategy and direction of the Cancer Community, a forum that brings together cancer initiatives to uncover needs and find opportunities to put GA4GH products into practice.


Job Description

About GA4GH

The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) is a global standards development organisation dedicated to realising the potential of genomics in health. Supported by staff across four Host Institutions (OICR, Broad, Sanger and EMBL-EBI), members of the volunteer community provide expert leadership to GA4GH Work Streams and Partner Engagement communities.

Communities of Interest focus on exploring use cases, challenges, and successes related to real-world implementation of GA4GH standards within specific domains. Currently, these domains include rare disease, cancer, infectious disease, and neuroscience. These communities aim to strengthen collaborations between users and developers to ensure that solutions are fit-for-purpose, increase responsible data use and interoperability, and connect international initiatives with common needs. 

We would like to invite expressions of interest in the volunteer role of Cancer Community Co-Lead.

About the role

This is an opportunity to be at the heart of shaping the direction of the GA4GH Cancer Community. Working closely with other Co-Leads and members of the GA4GH staff, the Cancer Community Co-Lead will contribute to the leadership and direction of the community’s efforts, in line with GA4GH’s wider direction and goals as set at an organisational level. This involves developing Cancer Community strategy, identifying and triaging work to Work Streams and other GA4GH initiatives, recognising opportunities to form Study Groups, chairing calls, working through technical issues as a group, and building consensus. 

As the Cancer Community engages with groups from across GA4GH and the world, considerable liaison work will be involved, along with collaborating with GA4GH Work Streams on standards development.

Why join us

GA4GH accelerates progress in human health by building tools that expand responsible, effective, and democratised use of genomic and clinical data.With a global volunteer community made up of hundreds of individuals from a variety of organisations and institutions, GA4GH provides an active environment in which to drive these aims forward while building on our foundational commitments to human rights, ethics, and security.

Having a truly global and diverse community of contributors and leadership is key to GA4GH’s work. We are actively pursuing strategies to increase participation through our engagement and equity, diversity, and inclusion  work. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all contributors at all levels in GA4GH and welcome expressions of interest from all interested individuals.


You have…

  • substantial experience in cancer research and any of the following areas: biomedical informatics, genomics, computational development, or related disciplines;
  • an ability to work effectively with and provide leadership to a broad range of people from multiple disciplines and cultures;
  • the ability to engage with others, explore multiple points of view, and build consensus;
  • the capacity to identify opportunities aligned with the group’s goals and translate these into actionable plans;
  • the ability to translate scientific or organisational needs from the Cancer Community  into action;
  • a demonstrable ability to work collaboratively;
  • an understanding of the complexity and nuances of implementing standards within genomics and across projects 
  • previous experience and knowledge implementing standards in the cancer domain and a deep understanding of the need for standards to work internationally.

You might also have…

  • experience working with GA4GH or other standards development organisations;
  • experience working as part of a volunteer community;
  • experience authoring or consuming APIs for bioinformatics;
  • experience working with a custodian of genomic data;
  • experience working on or with a project for sharing genomic data between organisations.