Scientific Database Curator

Organization
EMBL-EBI
Job Location
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus
Hinxton
Cambridgeshire
CB10 1SD
United Kingdom
Salary
Grade 5 - monthly salary starting at £2,387.20 free of UK income tax
Benefits

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 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 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 3 years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.

Job Description

We are looking to recruit an expert structural biologist to join the Protein Data Bank in Europe Curation Team (PDBe: pdbe.org) at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) as a Scientific Database Curator. The work involves annotating preliminary PDB and Electron Microscopy Data Bank (EMDB) submissions and extracting relevant biological information. 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 global archive of 3D structural data on biomacromolecules. PDBe is also the founder of the Electron Microscopy Data Bank (EMDB), which is now maintained with international partners. 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 an 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.

How to Apply

Please apply online through www.embl.org/jobs

About Our Organization

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.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on 30 April 2015.

 

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