Bioinformatician (Mass Spectrometry Proteomics)

European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
Job Location: 
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK
Job Description: 

We are seeking an enthusiastic Bioinformatician (Mass Spectrometry Proteomics) to join the PRIDE project, part of the Proteomics Services Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).

The PRIDE (PRoteomics IDEntifications) database[1] is a leading international proteomics database, capturing large-scale mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics data from the scientific community, and currently managing >30TB of data. The team is responsible of the development and maintenance of popular tools such as PRIDE Converter [2] and PRIDE Inspector [3], as well as many open source MS software libraries. We are a major contributor to international standardisation efforts under the umbrella of the Proteomics Standards Initiative (PSI).

The post holder will contribute to the development of proteomics data representation standards and their implementation in high performance tools for proteomics data management, analysis, and dissemination.

EMBL-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and is located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. We are a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation. We provide 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.

[1] Vizcaíno JA, et al. The PRoteomics IDEntifications (PRIDE) database and associated tools: status in 2013. Nucleic Acids Res. 2013 Jan;41(Database issue):D1063-9.
[2] Côté RG, et al. The PRoteomics IDEntifications (PRIDE) Converter 2 framework. Mol Cell Proteomics. 2012 Dec;11(12):1682-9.
[3] Wang R, et al. PRIDE Inspector: a tool to visualize and validate MS proteomics data. Nat Biotechnol. 2012 Feb 8;30(2):135-7


Applicants should possess a university degree and demonstrated knowledge in both computer and life sciences. The ideal applicant will have an interdisciplinary university degree or comparable practical experience in computer science and biology/chemistry, with good working knowledge of computational proteomics.

Strong Java software development knowledge is required; experience in relational database application development and XML would be a strong plus. Previous knowledge of HUPO PSI standards would be an advantage, but it is not essential.

Applicants will work in a highly international, team-oriented environment and collaborate closely with external partners. Excellent communication skills are required.

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