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 scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation.

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

Job Description

We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated Bioinformatician with a keen interest in RNA biology to work at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).

You will be working on RNAcentral, a database of non-coding RNA sequences which provides a single entry point for accessing RNA data from an international consortium of RNA databases. You will be a member of the RNA Resources team, which is part of Rob Finn’s Sequence Families team, and report to the RNA Resources Project Leader, Anton Petrov. You will work with a team of 4 other people that ensure timely update and release of the RNA Resources, RNAcentral and Rfam.

The successful candidate will be responsible for performing regular database updates, development of new data import pipelines, and implementation of algorithms for mapping RNAcentral sequences to genomes. This postholder will also improve the RNAcentral software infrastructure and develop methods for quality control and data standardisation. The work will require conducting independent research projects and keeping up to date with the field of RNA biology. These research outcome may then be translated to new features within the RNAcentral resource.


You will have a MSc degree (or higher) in Biology, Bioinformatics or a related field with a demonstrated track record of developing bioinformatic pipelines.

Essential Qualifications and Experience:

  • Knowledge of RNA Biology, such as understanding of different types of ncRNAs and their structure;
  • Advanced knowledge of scripting language, ideally Python;
  • Good knowledge of relational databases and SQL;
  • Confident use of git and GitHub;
  • Experience with high-performance computing environments, e.g. LSF or Grid Engine;
  • Experience of data management and data integration;
  • Experience with producing project-specific and general user documentation;
  • Ability to apply best software development practices;
  • Demonstrable research track record.

Desirable Qualifications and Experience:

  • Web development experience;
  • Experience with Oracle and PL/SQL;
  • Experience with Docker and VMs;
  • Knowledge of the Perl and Ensembl Perl API a plus;
  • Peer-review publications relating to RNA biology;
  • Experience with managing social media accounts and providing user support.

The successful candidate will have strong critical thinking skills and will be able to work both accurately and quickly to meet deadlines. Good communication skills (verbal, presentational and written) are also essential. The postholder will also be expected to participate in team meetings, covering a broad subject range.

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About Our Organization

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 22 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.  

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