Scientific Database Curator

European Molecular Biology Laboratory - European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
Job Location
Hinxton near Cambridge
United Kingdom

Excellent sporting facilities, a free shuttle bus to campus, other nearby centres, and an attractive working enviornment set in 55 acres of parkland.

Job Description

We are looking to recruit a Scientific Database Curator for a demanding role in the curation, organisation and sharing of biological data. The Curator will join the UniProt Content team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. We require a resourceful individual to contribute to the maintenance and extension of UniProt databases in the curation of mammalian and drosophila proteins. Responsibilities will include: - the extraction of experimental protein data from the scientific literature and other databases - the analysis and annotation of protein sequences using a range of sequence analysis tools - working with the UniProt Development team’s software engineers to improve the database(s) contents and services, and - outreach to our scientific communities The specific project within our curation mandate for which we are recruiting is EMBL-EBI, part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), is a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation. The mission of the Universal Protein Resource (UniProt) is to provide the scientific community with a comprehensive, high quality and freely accessible resource of protein sequence and functional information: the UniProt Knowledgebase (UniProtKB). Biocuration is a core activity of the UniProt Consortium. Accurate and comprehensive representation of biological knowledge as well as providing easy access to this data for working scientists and as a basis for computational analysis, are primary goals of biocuration. The UniProt Content team provides both manual and automatic annotation. For more information on our activities, please read


A university degree in life sciences and a broad knowledge in biochemistry and/or molecular biology are the minimum requirements, with a higher degree (MSc/PhD) and/or relevant post-graduate experience being very desirable. Previous experience in using Windows and biological databases is required. Previous database curation and/or editorial experience is advantageous, but not essential, as full training will be provided. The successful candidate must be detail-oriented and must be able to quickly and accurately interpret scientific data and literature. The post-holder will work closely with other team members, other EMBL-EBI groups and our international collaborators; our ideal candidate will therefore possess excellent communication and organisational skills in order to interact well under time pressure within a team of software developers, biologists and with external international partners.

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About Our Organization

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review. We welcome applications from all nationalities. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview. Please note applications will close at midnight German time on the date listed above.

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