Sequence Data Biocurator

Job Location
Wellcome Genome Campus
CB10 1SD
United Kingdom
Monthly salary starting at £2,507 after tax, plus mobility and other allowances where applicable

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

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to join the Data Coordination and Archiving Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in a cutting edge biocuration role.

Your responsibilities will include work on submissions and validation services for data flowing into EMBL-EBI’s archival data resources, with a particular focus on the European Nucleotide Archive, the globally comprehensive resource covering sequence reads, assemblies, alignments and functional annotation, and the BioSample database, a resource for the integration of information about biological samples used in molecular assays.

Reporting to the ENA and Microbial Data Content Coordinator tasks will include the development and maintenance of validation rules for functional annotation, curation of checklists for standards-compliant sample information reporting and the delivery of expert helpdesk and training to our broad user base. In addition, after a training period, you will provide operational support to collaborators engaged in specific projects, for example pathogen surveillance and marine environmental initiatives, that may include data management and project-specific training. The position will offer opportunities to present at national and international scientific meetings and workshops.


Applicants should possess a university degree in the life sciences and a post-graduate degree in bioinformatics or a biological science.


  • Broad knowledge of molecular biology;
  • In depth and up-to-date knowledge of biological databases, sequence analysis and software;
  • Familiarity with command line operations;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Strong English communication skills (written and verbal);
  • Good organisational and presentation skills;
  • Ability to work to deadlines.

Highly desired:

  • Professional experience in the bioinformatics domain;
  • Familiarity with relational database management systems.
How to Apply

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

About Our Organization

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. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 22 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 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

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