Genetic Variation Scientific Curator

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

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

Job Description: 

The Variation Team is seeking to recruit a scientific curator to join their team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

The team develops tools to archive genetic variation and phenotype information from datasets generated as part of scientific experiments. The genetic variation covers germline (or somatic) single nucleotide changes as well as large structural changes observed in any species. The Variation team also includes the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) that stores data from human biomedical research projects.

The scientific curator role involves extensive interaction with the scientific research community to coordinate data submission to the Variation resources. It also includes coordination of data exchange with the peer archives at the NCBI, USA and with our key collaborators such as the Database of Genomic Variation (DGV) in Canada. The post holder is expected to participate in curation of the submitted studies, maintaining and improving the efficacy of submission and data user communication, running quality control processes for the archived data. (S)he will interact closely with developers on the team to assist translation of scientific content requirements to data models that include relational database, XML, controlled vocabularies and ontologies.

The EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and 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

Requirements: 

The ideal candidate will have a background in biology, genetics or a related field. Additional degree qualifications would be advantageous. A demonstrated track record of using UNIX/Linux or working with relational databases, XML and Perl is highly advantageous but not mandatory for this position. However, you must be comfortable with computers and have had exposure and ideally research or production experience as a user or developer in the above computer skills, python or another programming language. You must also have a keen desire to learn more as motivated by scientific needs of the project.

A wide range of previous work experience could prepare candidates to succeed in this position ranging from motivated recent graduates with relevant project or research experience through to experienced biology or bioinformatic professionals.

Personal organisation, time management, self-direction, excellent communication skills and the desire to learn and to keep up with the quickly changing landscape at the cutting edge of genetics and associated bioinformatic/IT technologies is key. The ability to work effectively in a team focussed environment on production bioinformatic resources is critical.

Contact Information: 

Please apply online through www.embl.org/jobs