Text miner (NLP Expert)
Location:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category:Staff Member
Contract Duration:3 years
Grading:5 or 6 (monthly salary starting at £2,552 or £2,856 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here
Closing Date:8th March 2018
Reference Number:EBI_01144

Job Description

We are seeking to recruit a text miner/NLP expert/data scientist to lead our text and data mining efforts within the Literature Services Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

Our team runs Europe PMC, the open database of millions of life sciences research abstracts and full text articles, incorporating both PubMed and PMC. A key part of out mission is to integrate this open research literature with public data resources and support database curation workflows.

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading text and data mining projects within the literature services team. Working alongside Europe PMC full stack developers and ontology experts, your focus will be on the extraction of key biological named entities, relationships, and events and the development of article triage systems and/or indexing systems to support curator workflows. As your work will be based on Europe PMC infrastructure, the algorithms and tools developed will be publicly available all users of Europe PMC globally. We are therefore looking for a versatile and ambitious person, motivated to find scalable solutions to improve discovery of key facts in research papers. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to make an impact with their text and data mining skills in an open research infrastructure.

Specific job responsibilities include:

  • Requirements gathering and prioritisation of specific developments
  • Development core text and data mining algorithms
  • Development of scoring systems for article triage
  • Development of semantic search approaches

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 24 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.

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate as much of the following as possible:

  • Proven experience of a range of techniques in the areas of NLP, deep learning, machine learning.
  • Application of these skills within biology/biomedical domain, in an academic, industrial or publishing settings;
  • Demonstrated applications, with clarity on your specific contributions.
  • Technical ability e.g. Perl, Java, R, Python, XML parsing;
  • Flexible approach and ability to take on new skills;
  • Self starter and able to manage multiple projects;
  • Team player and good communicator


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.

Application Instructions

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

Additional Information

Applications are welcome from all nationalities - visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

The initial contract is for a period of three years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.