GWAS Scientific Curator

Job Location
Hinxton, near Cambridge
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 provide a dynamic, international working environment and have close ties with both the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

EMBL-EBI staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities, a free shuttle bus to Cambridge and other nearby centres, an active sports and social club and an attractive working environment set in 55 acres of parkland.

The initial contract is for a period of one year.

Job Description

We are looking for two scientific curators to join our variation annotation efforts within the Vertebrate Genomics team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), located near Cambridge, UK. These positions will involve extraction of detailed scientific information from the most recent published scientific papers. The extracted information will be captured and publicly available in the Genome-Wide Association Study (GWAS) Catalog (, a Catalog of published genome-wide association studies, and in Ensembl (

The curator will work within a team of Scientific Curators at the EMBL-EBI and in collaboration with scientists at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). The Vertebrate Genomics Team at the EMBL-EBI is one of the world’s leading groups for integration, annotation and analysis of genomic data. This environment provides access to an international collection of projects at the cutting edge of human variation research.

The normal duties of this position include:

• Extraction of information from published scientific papers for inclusion in the GWAS Catalog.
• Working collaboratively as part of an international team of scientists.
• Working with EMBL-EBI staff from other disciplines to improve data extraction, management and access.
• Participation in analysis of GWAS Catalog data and drafting of manuscripts, publications, and presentations as interests and time allow.

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. We are part of EMBL, Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences.


Applicants should have a degree in genetics or biological sciences and an in-depth understanding of genetic variation and genomics.

Experience or knowledge of genome wide association studies and data curation would be advantageous.

The candidate must be confident manipulating data using Excel. Experience using Unix or Perl would be an advantage.

The post holder must show strong self-motivation to work both independently and as part of a closely interacting team of international scientists. Skill in delivering a high quality product with attention to detail and within fixed deadlines is essential.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are a prerequisite.

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