Job Location
Wellcome Genome Campus
CB10 1SD
United Kingdom
5 or 6 (monthly salary starting at £2,507 or £2,805 after tax)

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.

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Job Description

Are you a biologist who wants to promote a global informatics resource at international meetings and workshops? Do you want to learn more about informatics while playing a critical role in a team that is pushing the state-of-the-art for phenomics? If so, this position is for you!

European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) Mouse Informatics is building off recent successes (see Dickenson et al Nature, 22 September 2016) and has secured funding from the NIH Common Fund to expand our team to promote the rich phenotype data we are collecting and analysing for the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC). We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to provide a biologist's perspective in the design and implementation of new tools and features as well as promoting the IMPC resources at large international conferences and focused workshops.

The IMPC is a G7 recognised global research infrastructure that coordinates the production and phenotyping of thousands of new mutant mouse strains with all data archived within our team and made available at Over the last five years, we have made 20,000 new gene-phenotype associations from 3,500 strains collected from a diverse set of standardised phenotype tests. The knockout mouse strains are made readily available to the research community and to date over 650 publications have cited IMPC strains in their research. The IMPC is entering a new 5-year phase where we want to scale up our outreach to different fields in the biomedical research community.

You'll be working within Mouse Informatics at EMBL-EBI alongside developers, bioinformaticians and ontologists that make up the wider SPOT team. As part of your day to day job, you'll be collaborating with the team, who have a range of expertise in semantics, data analytics, image analysis and 3D image display. You'll also be interacting with other groups at EMBL-EBI and external collaborators, both within the UK and internationally, to improve our resources. 

Your specific goals and tasks:

- Collect user feedback and develop user stories

- Provide user analysis as part of the software development cycle

- Prepare and facilitate workshops for researchers on how the IMPC can contribute to their research

- Represent the IMPC at international research conferences through presentations, posters and booths

- Contribute to the writing of peer-reviewed articles and communications materials

- Be actively involved in the IMPC Communications workgroup and the IMPC help desk

Willingness to undertake international travel and availability for US based teleconferences is essential for this post. Excellent interpersonal, communication and English skills are also necessary as the role will involve liaising with other scientists at EMBL-EBI and from around the world.


The Biologist should have:

- Completed an MSc/PhD level or equivalent in biology or have equivalent professional experience

- Knowledge of different mammalian biological systems and willingness to learn more

- Formal training as a software "product owner" is desirable

- Demonstrate the ability to work independently while also interacting in a team environment

- Excellent communication skills

How to Apply

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

About Our Organization

EMBL-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 have close ties with both the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

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