Job Location
EMBL-EBI 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

Open Targets is a recently established public-private initiative between the EBI, GlaxoSmithKline, Biogen and the Sanger Institute to combine large-scale genomic experiments with objective statistical and computational techniques to identify and validate the causal links between targets, pathways and diseases.

We are looking for an experienced Bioinformatician to be involved in large-scale biological data analysis and integration for target identification and prioritisation within the core Open Targets team.

The post-holder will join the Open Targets team developing the data processing and database infrastructure to provide the core deliver of the centre, a genome-wide database of target validity


Responsibilities will involve development and refinement of suitable data feeds from databases witin and outside the partnership including interaction with other groups, establishment of automated processing pipelines and quality control procedures, as well as exploratory data analysis in the area of target prioritisation.

In addition the post will involve extensive interaction with backend database developers to refine and test the data processing pipeline.

The post-holder will work with an existing Bioinformatician working on the core database, and report to the Open Targets Scientific Director.


You will hold a PhD or MSc in computational biology, bioinformatics, or other computational science and have some previous experience in bioinformatics, database technologies and genome-wide biological data analysis.

We are looking for someone with experience of working in a continuous deployment environment with source control and managed releases. You will have a proven track record of working on large-scale data analysis projects and an understanding of the challenges posed by collaborative projects including flexibility, tight deadlines, and use of state-of-the-art approaches. With excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, you will enjoy working in a highly collaborative agile team, interfacing with other backend developers, web developers and a UX designer.

Experience in software development with Python in a similar role will be an advantage, as will experience with biomedical ontologies and associated tools.

Previous exposure to the following technologies is desirable: REST API, Elasticsearch, Docker.

How to Apply

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

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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