Scientific Database Curator

European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
Job Location
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK
United Kingdom
Job Description

We are looking for an experienced and motivated scientific curator to work with various production databases and grant-funded projects, including ArrayExpress and Expression Atlas, within the ArrayExpress/Expression Atlas content team which forms part of the wider Functional Genomics group at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. The post holder will participate in: - Bio-curation and management of metadata for experiment submissions handled by the ArrayExpress/Expression Atlas content team; - Selection, annotation with Experimental Factor Ontology (EFO) terms, and curation of expression data for Expression Atlas; - Documentation and testing of analysis and reporting pipelines used by the team; - The development and extension of standard formats for functional genomics data (e.g. microarray gene expression data, high-throughput sequencing data) within the Functional Genomics Team infrastructure; - Interaction with the Functional Genomics development team at EMBL-EBI to jointly specify and design software relevant to the team’s work; - Design and delivery of training materials for Functional Genomics resources (e.g. at hands-on training courses), with occasional collection of participant feedback to guide user-focused development of Expression Atlas and other Functional Genomics resources at EMBL-EBI. The post holder will report to the Atlas Team Leader, and occasional travel may be required. EMBL-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and is located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. We are a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation. We provide a dynamic, international working environment and has close ties with both the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. EMBL-EBI staff enjoy many benefits including 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.


Applicants should have a first degree in Biology and a relevant higher degree such as in MSc in Biology or Bioinformatics. PhD or equivalent work experience is preferred. A background in working with high throughput data, especially array-based gene expression, genotyping or high-throughput sequencing data would be useful. Experience working with research scientists analysing or managing research data, or working in a production environment managing scientific data is desirable. No programming experience is required, but some experience in any of: Perl, R, Unix shell, HTML, XML, SQL and relational databases (Oracle, MySQL) would be advantageous. Any experience with the use and design of controlled vocabularies would be useful. Experience of working with RNA-seq data is particularly welcome.      The post holder will also require effective communication and team work skills to work successfully within a busy team and will interact with the collaborators, users, support teams and other EMBL-EBI staff.

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