Job Location
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus Hinxton Cambridge
United Kingdom

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

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.

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Job Description

EMBL-EBI is looking for a motivated bioinformatician to increase the visibility and impact of the HipSci project by advertising its datasets through the EpiRR Epigenome Reference Registry. The HipSci Project is running an array of assays on hundreds of iPS cell lines from healthy volunteers and individuals with genetic diseases. At the same time, the EpiRR Epigenome Reference Registry contains references to a large collection of publicly available epigenomic datasets produced by a collection of consortia (ENCODE, Epigenomics Roadmap, BLUEPRINT, etc), grouped together under the banner of the International Human Epigenome Consortium (IHEC).

EpiRR is therefore becoming a central core resource for epigenomic research worldwide, however it would be greatly improved by storing metadata. This would allow users to quickly find datasets relevant to their research. You will be responsible for:

  • Augmenting the functionality of the EpiRR to store metadata.
  • Developing validators to ensure the consistency of the submissions.
  • Collecting metadata from submitters.
  • Entering HipSci metadata into EpiRR.
  • Communicating with submitters on monthly phone calls.


You will be working within the Ensembl Regulation team (led by Myrto Kostadima), which is a component of the Genome Analysis team (led by Daniel Zerbino). EMBL-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and is located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. EMBL-EBI is Europe's leading provider of information services to biological researchers in academia and industry


Ideally, you should hold an MSc or PhD, or have an equivalent qualification/professional experience, in:

  • bioinformatics,
  • computer science,
  • any related field.

Experience in epigenomics or web APIs would be a plus.

You must have experience developing bioinformatics analysis software. Experience in team software development and/or working in large scientific consortia, especially in the field of genomics, would be strongly preferred.

The ideal candidate must be capable of autonomously leading your work in a thorough, timely and detail-oriented fashion. Attention to detail will be key. Communication and presentation skills with remote partners will be highly valued.

You must have extensive experience with computers and be fully fluent with:

  • the Unix command line,
  • object-oriented Perl,
  • MySQL.
How to Apply

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

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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