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 structural biology of proteins to work at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).

The position will bridge between the PDBe team, run by Sameer Velankar, and the InterPro team, run by Rob Finn, both based at EMBL-EBI. Time will be spent equally working in both teams during the period of work. The successful candidate will also be responsible for working with our partner resource Genome3D to improving the consistence and coherence of structural classifications and to ensure that these data are propagated into the InterPro and PDBe resources. Furthermore, the position will help integrate the structure predictions contained within Genome3D to the respective EBI databases. By nature of this collaborative project, the post-holder will be interacting with two large teams (approximately 25 people in total), as well as liaising with and progress reporting to the Genome3D resource counterparts based as UCL, London.

The successful candidate will be responsible for continuing the established PDBe workflow for cross-mapping different structural classifications, in collaboration with Genome3D /CATH. The post holder will also develop new data exchange protocols and implement update mechanisms for incorporating Genome3D data within PDBe and InterPro. They will then help drive the elaboration of PDBe/InterPro web pages to display these new data types. In conjunction with the EBI training team, the post holder will help develop electronic training material, detailing the new features produced through this work.


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

Essential Qualifications and Experience:

  • Knowledge of structural biology and protein classifications;
  • Advanced knowledge of scripting language, ideally Python;
  • Good knowledge of relational databases and SQL;
  • Experience of consuming RESTful APIs
  • Web development experience;
  • Confident use of git and GitHub;
  • Ability to apply best software development practices.

Desirable Qualifications and Experience:

  • Knowledge building interactive visualisations using SVG or Canvas;
  • Experience working within a team and agile development approaches;
  • Practiced in producing project-specific and general user documentation;
  • Experience with providing user support;
  • User of social media for disseminating science.

The successful candidate will have strong communications (verbal, presentational and written) and organisational skills. They must be able to work both accurately and quickly to meet deadlines, as well as be self-motivated and critically thinking. The post holder 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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