Scientific Programmer - Vertebrate Genomics

Job Location: 
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Job Description: 

The Variation Team and the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) are seeking an experienced and motivated bioinformatician to join their growing team which is responsible for the archiving of, analysing, disseminating and presenting genetic variation data. The EBI is based on the prestigious Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Hinxton, Cambridge in the UK.

The EGA stores genetic and phenotypic data from more than 150 000 samples and provides secure data dissemination tools for the scientific community. We are connected to the largest genomics projects of their kind around the world such as the International Cancer Genome Consortium, UK 10K and the Wellcome Trust Case-Control Consortium.

The EGA is a dynamic project that interacts closely with the other main data archives at the EBI such as European Nucleotide Archive (ENA) or ArrayExpress (AE). The post holder will be expected to work with our internal collaborators to develop our submission tools as well as the pipelines used for processing and validating archived data. (S)he will also work on projects that aim to add value to the submitted data, such as use of ontologies to describe sample phenotypes, disseminating data in formats commonly used by the community or increasing data discoverability by exporting study information to Ensembl and our peer archive dbGAP available at the NCBI. The successful candidate will be expected to attend and present at internal meetings as well as scientific conferences.

The EBI is an international hub for human variation data. In addition to the EGA, major efforts include the 1000 Genomes data coordination centre, the Database for Genomic Variants archive and the Ensembl Project. The EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).


The successful candidate will have a Master's degree or Ph.D in mathematics, computational science, bioinformatics or be able to demonstrate the equivalent professional experience. (S)he should have a minimum of two years experience working in a bioinformatics domain, and especially, have experience managing data using PERL and relational databases. Experience in genotyping experiments, NGS data management or genome-wide computational analysis is desirable. Knowledge of common data formats in this field is expected.

Advanced skills in object orientated PERL and experience using relational databases, such as Oracle/MySQL are essential and experience of working with large computer clusters is highly desirable.

The ideal candidate will be expected to work independently showing strong self motivation and skills, and as part of a closely interacting team of international scientists. This position requires working within production deadlines. Excellent English language, communication and interpersonal skills are a prerequisite.

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About Our Organization: 

EMBL-EBI is a world leading bioinformatics centre. We provide a dynamic, international working environment and have close ties with the University of Cambridge, UK and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

EMBL-EBI staff enjoy many benefits including excellent sporting facilities, a free shuttle bus to Cambridge and other nearby centres, and active sports and social club and an attractive working environment set in 55 acres of parkland.