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User Support Bioinformatician - get hands-on experience working on scientific response to Covid-19!



Job Location

EMBL-EBI, Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton
CB10 1SD
United Kingdom


Monthly starting at £2,809 or £3,143 (net after tax) plus benefits


Enjoy lots of benefits: • Financial incentives: Monthly family, child and non-resident allowances, annual salary review, pension scheme, death benefit, long-term care, accident-at-work and unemployment insurances • Flexible working arrangements • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover) • Generous time off: 30 days annual leave per year, in addition to eight bank holidays • Relocation package including installation grant (if required) • Campus life: Free shuttle bus to and from work, on-site library, subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria, casual dress code, extensive sports and social club activities (on campus and remotely) • Family benefits: On-site nursery, 10 days of child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances • Benefits for non-UK residents: Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance.

Job Description

We are looking for a User Support Bioinformatician for deployment in the task force building and operating the SARS-CoV-2 Data Hubs, a part of the European COVID-19 Data Platform ( This is an urgent cover required therefore we need the suitable candidate to be available immediately. As part of the SARS-CoV-2 Data Hubs Task Force, you will be involved in providing support for a growing number of groups and agencies adopting sequencing and analysis programmes for SARS-CoV-2. Tasks will include: • Configuration and operation of Data Hubs; • Assisting external users in depositing and validating data, such as through expert advice on our different web and programmatic submission interfaces or writing scripts and plug-ins to integrate submissions into existing laboratory workflows; • Standards development and implementation to connect core metadata and clinical/epidemiological data; • Sharing expertise on available analysis workflows and their use; • Liaison with EMBL-EBI Software Engineers in the design and improvement of submission tools and services; • Development of scripts and small tools to support analysis as part of the SARS-CoV-2 Data Hubs.


• You should hold at least a university degree in the life sciences. • A post-graduate degree in bioinformatics, data science or a biological science. • Experience in planning and delivering projects. • Broad knowledge of molecular biology and next-generation sequencing technologies. • Experience in data coordination. • Excellent oral and written communication skills. • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. • You should be able to use relational database management systems and SQL query language. • Experience in UNIX command-line operations. • Knowledge of XML format and schema. • Good programming skills in Perl, Python or another scripting language.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter via our application page. Other contract information: • Salary: Grade 5 or 6 depending on experience (monthly salary starting at £2,809.49 or £3,143 after tax plus benefits) • Contract duration: This position is a 1-year post commencing immediately. The role is project-based with an anticipated end-date on 31st September 2023. • Job location: This role is based in Hinxton, near Cambridge, UK. You will be required to relocate if you are based overseas and you will receive a generous relocation package to support you.

About Our Organization

At EMBL-EBI you can apply your talent and passion to accelerate science and tackle some of humankind's greatest challenges. EMBL-EBI, part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, is a worldwide leader in the storage, analysis and dissemination of large biological datasets. We provide the global research community with access to publicly available databases and tools which are crucial for the advancement of healthcare, food security, and biodiversity.

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