Scientific Data Curator

Organization
EMBL-EBI
Job Location
Wellcome Genome Campus
Hinxton
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB10 1SD
United Kingdom
Salary
Competitive
Benefits

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. 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. Competitive salary, an informal culture, professional development, an on-site nursery, gym, café and library, and a subsidised bus service are all obvious perks to working here, 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.

Job Description

We are looking to recruit an expert structural biologist to join the PDBe curation team. High-quality curation of new depositions is essential for PDB and EMDB to remain the authoritative global sources of biomacromolecular structure information. The work involves annotating preliminary PDB and EMDB submissions and extracting relevant biological information. PDBe staff annotate more than a third of all PDB depositions and more than half of all EMDB depositions. In addition, curators contribute to training, outreach and user-support activities of PDBe and the EMBL-EBI.

The Protein Data Bank in Europe (PDBe; pdbe.org) is a founding partner of the Worldwide Protein Data Bank organisation (wwPDB; wwpdb.org), which maintains the PDB, the global archive of 3D structural data on biomacromolecules. In addition, PDBe is the founder of the Electron Microscopy Data Bank (EMDB; pdbe.org/emdb), which is now maintained with international partners. In 2014, PDBe also founded the EMPIAR archive (pdbe.org/empiar). The PDBe team further maintains a number of databases that support deposition and advanced search and analysis services for structural biologists and the wider scientific community. The team consists of an international and inter-disciplinary mix of professionals (scientists and IT specialists).

Requirements

Applicants should be computer-literate and possess a PhD in some area of structural biology or structural chemistry as well as a broad knowledge in molecular biology or biochemistry. An in-depth knowledge of protein structure (including structure determination, analysis and validation) is essential. A few years of post-doctoral research experience in structural biology, as well as hands-on experience in the determination of protein structure are desirable. The work involves extensive interactions with colleagues in the PDBe team as well as with international collaborators, depositors and users. Therefore, excellent written and oral communication skills, fluency in English, ability to work in a team and attention to detail are required. The ideal candidate will be familiar with Linux/Unix operating systems and molecular graphics software (PyMol, Coot, Chimera). Basic programming skills (e.g., in Python or Java) would be an advantage.

About Our Organization

As part of EMBL, we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 21 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 570 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.    

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