Scientific Curator

Job Location
Wellcome Genome Campus
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 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.

Job Description

Do you enjoy reading scientific publications? We are looking for a talented scientific curator to join our variation annotation efforts within the Vertebrate Genomics team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), located near Cambridge, UK. This position will involve extraction of detailed scientific information from the most recent published scientific papers. These data will be captured a publicly available in the Genome-Wide Association Study (GWAS) catalogue (, a widely-used catalogue of published genome-wide association studies, and in Ensembl (


The normal duties of this position include:

  • Extraction of information from published scientific papers for inclusion in the GWAS catalogue.
  • 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 catalogue data and drafting of manuscripts, publications, and presentations as interests and time allow.

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, analysis and presentation of genomic data. This environment provides access to an international collection of projects at the cutting edge of human variation research.


Applicants should have a first degree, or higher qualification, in genetics or biological sciences. (S)he should have an in-depth understanding of genetic variation and genomics. A PhD would be an advantage.


The candidate must have an understanding of human genetics. Experience or knowledge of genome wide association studies and data curation would be beneficial.


We are looking for highly motivated candidates with good communication and interpersonal skills. The post holder must have scientific curiosity and initiative. (S)he will work both independently and as part of a closely interacting team of international scientists. Skill in delivering a high quality product with excellent attention to detail and within fixed deadlines is essential.


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

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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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