Bioinformatician

Organization: 
EMBL-EBI
Job Location: 
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Salary: 
Competitive
Benefits: 

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: 

We are looking for a Bioinformatician to join the Ensembl Genomes team, at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK working on the VectorBase Project.

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. VectorBase is a six-partner international collaboration that manages a Bioinformatics Resource Centre for invertebrate vectors of human diseases, such as mosquitoes, lice and flies. It is actively involved in the primary annotation of genomes, in the analysis of polymorphism, and in the comparison of individuals, strains and species. As the number of available genome sequences increases, there are interesting scientific and engineering challenges involved in optimising the value of these data.

The post-holder will be expected to work with colleagues at the EBI and our external partners to perform data integration and analysis tasks to ensure the optimal development of the resource. Their tasks will include:
• Data integration and analysis for the VectorBase project, including gene prediction, comparative analysis, cross reference assignment etc.
• Collaboration with partners within the VectorBase consortium to schedule and build releases (through attendance at phone conferences, meetings etc).
• Collaboration with external groups working on species of interest to VectorBase.
• Working with the rest of the Ensembl Genomes team to facilitate the more general development of resources for non-vertebrate genomes.
This position is currently available until the end of the existing VectorBase contract, but may be extended if the contract is renewed in 2014.

Requirements: 

A first degree in biology/bioinformatics and a relevant higher degree such as an MSc in Bioinformatics or Computer Science, PhD or equivalent work experience is required and applicants should also have a minimum of two years bioinformatics experience in a research or service environment. Prior experience of programming or scripting is essential and a solid working knowledge of Perl is required. Experience of working with research scientists and of managing scientific data is desirable.

This post requires excellent communication skills as the post-holder will work in a busy team and will interact with users of the infrastructure, grant partners and other EBI staff. They will be expected to represent the team at international meetings, give presentations, contribute to training materials and courses both internally and externally and produce project specific and general user documentation.

Contact Information: 

Please apply online through www.embl.org/jobs

About Our Organization: 

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