Curator (HeCaTos)

Job Location: 
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, near Cambridge, UK
Grade 5
Job Description: 

We are looking to recruit a Curator to join the HeCaTos project at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

Reporting to the ChEMBL Team Leader, the role is to gather and curate data of relevance to cardio, mitochondrial, and hepatotoxicity in support of EMBL-EBI's contribution to the FP7 HeCaTos Project. You will be responsible for identifying data on molecular targets within the relevant molecular systems of potential relevance to these toxicities (e.g. mitochondrial toxicity) and then abstracting bioactivity data from publicly available data sources.

You will also be responsible for the curation and organisation of phenotypic data and toxicological bioassay data in a database such that it can be used by the project scientists to generate multi-scale models of toxicity. You will work in collaboration with other project partners on the timely provision of data to support project objectives. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the project you will be expected to liaise directly with HeCaTos partners both at EMBL-EBI at at other institutes.

The work will primarily involve the identification of data of relevance to the project and its organisation into a logical hierarchy and facilitates searching and identification of subsets of data. You will take responsibility for doing this and utilise a variety of tools such as biological ontologies, text searching methodologies and biological pathway resources.


• BSc or equivalent in biological or biomedical sciences;
• Experience of curating biological data;
• Team player with ability to work both as part of a team and independently;
• Self-motivated with a driver for quality;
• Must be able to work quickly and efficiently to strict deadlines;
• Must be able to travel to collaboration meetings when required;
• Good communication (verbal and presentation) skills are essential.

• 2-3 years experience as a biological curator working in a scientific environment, either in industry or academica, post degree studies;
• Experience of working in the field of pharmacology or biochemical toxicology;
• Database querying (SQL) skills and experience of using biological ontologies;
• Knowledge of text mining methodologies;
• Experience of relational database querying (SQL) and some awareness of database design and implementation;
• Experience in a scripting language (e.g. Python or Perl);
• Good knowledge of spreadsheet software (e.g. Excel).