Ensembl Metazoan Bioinformatician

Job Location
Wellcome Genome Campus
CB10 1SD
United Kingdom

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. For more information about pay and benefits click here

Job Description

The Ensembl team (ensembl.org), a world leading supplier of genomics data resources and software, seek a highly motivated bioinformatician to work on metazoan organisms. You will join a team of bioinformaticians developing scalable computing resources to handle the ever increasing volumes of 'omics' data types. The technical computing aspects of this role are dynamic, and you must be willing to engage with technical change and be able to seek out and develop promising technologies in a proactive manner.

Your roleYour role will be to process a variety of 'omics' data types for Ensembl Genomes, develop scalable computing solutions, and coordinate exchange of data/information with other internal EBI teams as needed. You will also provide support for external collaborators via a helpdesk system, remote teleconferencing, or direct interaction. As part of a multi-diciplinary production team team you will need good verbal and written communication skills, be willing to work and contribute to standard working practices, and take responsibility for developing and maintaining novel software solutions.


You haveMasters or higher degree level or equivalent qualification in computational or related scientific discipline, with 2+ years of postgraduate bioinformatics experience. Proficiency in Perl, Python, SQL and Unix environments. You are a team worker with good communication and interpersonal skills, and are fluent with written and spoken English. You must be able to work to deadlines, and have a detail orientated approach to work.

You might also haveExperience with Java/C programming languages and version control systems (Git), knowledge of containerisation technologies and VMs. Experience using high performance computing frameworks such as Hadoop, Condor, Apache Spark or IBM/LSF. Experience with NGS sequencing technologies, sequence assembly and automated genome annotation.

How to Apply

What else do I need to knowMay be required to travel to meet with collaborators, attend conferences, and deliver training for users. May on occasion be needed to perform out-of-hours work to satisfy release deadlines. To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system.

Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.

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

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