Job Location
Wellcome Genome Campus
CB10 1SD
United Kingdom

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation.

We provide a dynamic, international working environment and have close ties with the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Job Description

We are looking to recruit a Bioinformatician to join the Ensembl Genomes Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. The successful applicant will work on the VectorBase project, which focuses on invertebrate species that transmit diseases to humans and animals.

VectorBase ( is a leading database serving the research community working on pathogenic diseases, and has played an important role in the annotation, and subsequent dissemination, of the genomes of many key species including mosquitoes, flies and lice. VectorBase is an international consortium comprised of three collaborating laboratories and EMBL-EBI's role focuses on genome annotation, variation, and preparing data for public release.

We are currently looking to recruit a bioinformatician to work on developing new search and web interfaces for genetic variation resources. The applicant can expect, if appointed, to work on integrating Elasticsearch/Solr search technologies with existing Ensembl web components for data visualisation, and developing novel data visualisation tools for sample and variation data. The post-holder will also contribute to Ensembl Metazoa, the EBI's own portal for providing public access to genomic data from vector and non-vector species, and will work as part of a group of closely collaborating teams using the Ensembl platform for a wide variety of species from across the taxonomic space.

Based on the funding currently available, this post is being offered for one year, although other opportunities may arise to continue working on the project beyond that date.


Applicants should have a degree in a biological or computer science, and proven professional programming experience. Specifically, we expect applicants to possess at least 1 year's experience of professional software development (or a bioinformatics PhD). We are looking for experience of web development (HTML, CSS and JavaScript) using development frameworks such as Angular, jQuery or BackBone, and experience of Perl, relational database systems and Solr search. Knowledge of other modern programming languages, Apache, user interface deign, and the Ensembl platform is desirable but not essential.

Good communication and interpersonal skills, flexible mind set, a capacity for independent work, and a high level of intellectual curiosity are additionally required.

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About Our Organization

The EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and it is a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation. EMBL-EBI provides freely available data from life science experiments, performs basic research in computational biology and offers an extensive user training programme, supporting researchers in academic and industry. We are part of EMBL, Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences

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