The Vertebrate Annotation team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) seeks a talented and motivated Project Leader to lead Ensembl in the field of gene annotation. Ensembl (http://www.ensembl.org/) is one of the most successful large-scale bioinformatics projects. We process massive amounts of data from various genomic archives and create new tools and resources for genome analysis. Within the overall project, Ensembl Genebuild is specialised in gene annotation, specifically identifying the location, structure and tissue-specific expression of genes and their transcripts.
The primary role of this position is to manage Ensembl Genebuild’s production and development projects. The project leader will:
• Guide team members in their production and development projects
• Understand the technical issues involved in developing and maintaining biological databases and pipelines, and contribute to the development of novel solutions
• Actively collaborate with international projects on and off campus
• Communicate the team’s work internally and to researchers in the field, including user support and training
• Keep up-to-date with the field of gene annotation
• Ensure that data produced by the team remain high quality and are updated regularly
The project leader will be part of the scientific and operational management of Ensembl, and will work closely with other members of Ensembl to prioritise data production and pipeline development around Ensembl release cycles. Future projects include: working with Ensembl Comparative Genomics staff to scale gene annotation pipelines, improving our annotation of noncoding genes, automating and enhancing Ensembl’s RNA-seq annotation pipeline, and developing methods of analysing new data including full-length transcriptomic reads.
Ensembl Genebuild is a component of the Vertebrate Annotation team (led by Bronwen Aken) which is itself part of Ensembl (led by Paul Flicek).