Scientific Programmer - DGVa

Job Location: 
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Excellent sporting facilities, a free shuttle bus to Cambridge and other nearby centres and an attractive working environment set in 55 acres of parkland.

Job Description: 

The Variation team and the Database of Genomics Variants archive (DGVa) 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 European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is based on the prestigious Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Hinxton, Cambridge in the UK.

The DGVa represents the largest public resource of genetic structural variation from all species and includes high quality data sets from the 1000 Genomes Project and the most common mouse models used by scientists world-wide.

The successful applicant will take part in developing and deploying new standards driven data models for submitted data, automation of our data validation and archive processes, data integration into other services at the EBI and data exchange with our international collaborators. (S)he will be expected to attend and present the service at internal meetings and scientific conferences.

The EBI is an international hub for human variation data. In addition to the DGVa it includes the 1000 Genomes data coordination centre, the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) 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 (or JAVA) and relational databases. Previous work experience in storing, analysing or displaying genetic structural variation data is desirable but not essential.

Advanced skills in relational databases are essential including schema design. Demonstrated experience using PL/MySQL, or any other stored routines languages, for data management is advantageous. The post holder will be expected to work in a UNIX/Linux environment and code in object orientated PERL. XML schema design is desirable but not essential.

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 providing biological data to the scientific community, with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation. The EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.