Bioinformatician (Metagenomics)

European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
Job Location: 
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, near Cambridge UK
Grade 6

The EBI, part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), is a world leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation. EMBL-EBI provides a dynamic, international working environment and has close ties with both the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. EMBL-EBI staff enjoy many benefits including excellent sports facilities, a free shuttle bus to Cambridge and other nearby centres, an active sports and social club and an attractive working environment set in 55 acres of parkland.

Job Description: 

We are looking for an experienced bioinformatician to join the Metagenomics Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBI-EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

EBI has recently launched a new web-based service for metagenomics researchers. Its principle aims are to allow the metagenomics community easy access to cutting-edge analysis tools and facilities for public archiving of their data. Metagenomics is a fast-growing, data intensive field and we are looking for a bioinformatician who can help us respond to its challenges.


Candidates will have a good understanding of the problems faced by researchers managing big data and significant experience in evaluating and selecting novel approaches to data analysis. An awareness of next generation sequencing technologies, metagenomics and emerging multi-omics techniques used in environmental genomics would be advantageous. They should have experience of python scripting and/or java programming (preferably in a Linux or Unix environment), as they are expected to prototype new features for the resource and manipulate large data sets. Knowledge of statistical analysis and visualization of data sets using PCA, heatmaps, etc. is desirable. Experience in compliance with minimal data standards would also be beneficial.

The post holder will be required to build collaborations with end-user biologists and liaise with software developers and data curators, so strong communication and networking skills are a necessity. They will have a good eye for detail and a willingness to learn. The successful candidate will have a university degree or higher qualification in an appropriate discipline (computing, biology, etc.).

About Our Organization: 

We anticipate interviews will take place at EBI during the week beginning October 8th 2012.

EMBL-EBI is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

Note that special visa requirements apply to employees from non EU countries working at EMBL-EBI in the UK. The period of work does not qualify them for the Highly Skilled Migrants Programme.