Scientific Database Curator

Job Location: 
Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Job Description: 

The Protein Data Bank in Europe is looking to recruit an expert structural biologist for the PDBe curation team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) which is located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

The Protein Data Bank in Europe (PDBe; is part of the Worldwide Protein Data Bank organisation (wwPDB; which maintains the global archive of 3D structural data on biomacromolecules. The PDBe team also maintains a number of databases that support deposition and advanced search services for structural biologists and the wider scientific community. The team consists of an international and interdisciplinary mix of professionals (scientific and IT specialists).

High-quality curation of new depositions is essential for the PDB to remain the authoritative global source of biomacromolecular structure information. The work involves annotating preliminary PDB submissions and extracting relevant biological information. In addition, curators contribute to training, outreach and user-support activities of PDBe and EMBL-EBI.


Applicants should be computer literate and possess a recent PhD in some area of structural biology or structural chemistry as well as a broad knowledge in molecular biology or biochemistry. An in-depth knowledge of protein structure (including structure determination, analysis and validation) is essential. A few years of post-doctoral research experience in structural biology, as well as hands-on experience in the determination of protein structure are highly desirable.

Given the extensive interactions with colleagues in the PDBe team as well as with international collaborators, depositors and users, excellent written and oral communication skills, fluency in English, ability to work in a team and attention to detail are required.

The ideal candidate will be familiar with Linux/Unix operating systems and molecular graphics software. Basic programming skills (e.g. Perl, Python or Java) would be an advantage.

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