We are seeking an expert Database Biocurator to join the Protein Families team on the Rfam project (http://rfam.xfam.org) at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBI-EBI) which is located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK on a part-time basis (20 hours per week).
The Rfam database is the world leading compendium of non-coding RNA families, which is run from within the Protein Families Team, led by Rob Finn. The Database Curator will be expected to generate and annotate new Rfam database entries, as well as maintaining and updating existing entries based on both user contributions and scientific literature. In conjunction with the software developer, the curator will assist in the running of production pipelines to ensure timely data releases.
The Rfam database is a community-oriented project, as particularly exemplified by the use of Wikipedia for storing family annotations. Rfam also has an active user community that submit new data types, additional tools and request data analysis. Where appropriate the post holder will deal with user submissions and request. A longer term aspiration of the project is to disseminate the curation tools to the engaged community, and the candidate will test the usability and functionality of these tools, as well as help educate scientists in their use.
The Database Biocurator will work closely with the Rfam software developer on a daily basis and report to the RNA resources project leader. You will also interact with existing internal and external collaborators.
The 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.