Scientific Curator, Proteomics Resources
Location:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category:Staff Member
Contract Duration:3 years initially (renewable)
Grading:5 (monthly salary starting at £2,552 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here
Closing Date:7th March 2018
Reference Number:EBI_01146

Job Description

Are you a motivated scientist who wants to work with biological data? We are looking for an enthusiastic Scientific Curator to join the Proteomics Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). The team is responsible of the maintenance and further development of the popular PRIDE (PRoteomics IDEntifications) database and related resources and tools such as PRIDE Cluster and the ProteomeXchange submission tool. PRIDE is a world-leading international proteomics database, a founding member of ProteomeXchange Consortium, that is capturing large-scale mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics data from the scientific community, and currently managing hundreds of TBs of data. In addition, we are working in the incorporation of proteomics datasets into the EBI Expression Atlas.

The post holder, who is usually a biologist or biochemist with some programming skills, contributes to the PRIDE data flow by performing data depositions and providing support to all PRIDE submitters. The responsibilities also include the annotation of deposited data, generation of submission statistics, as well as the extraction of biological information from scientific literature (e.g. for inclusion into the Expression Atlas). In addition, the post holder will contribute to the development of internal and external documentation, and participate in some outreach activities (e.g. social media and training).

Key responsibilities include:

  • Being the main person in charge of performing data submissions to the PRIDE database, providing support to PRIDE users and submitters.
  • Extraction of biological information from the scientific literature.
  • Annotation of deposited data and generation of submission statistics.
  • Participation in outreach activities (e.g. social media and training).

  • Development of internal and external documentation.

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 23 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

You should possess a university degree in life sciences as well as a broad knowledge of molecular biology and/or biochemistry. A working knowledge of a popular programming language, such as Java, Python or R, including skills in Bash, is needed. Experience in bioinformatics would be desirable and experience in mass spectrometry proteomics would be a major advantage.

You will work in a highly international, team-oriented environment and collaborate closely with external partners (e.g. in the context of ProteomeXchange activities) and other teams at EMBL-EBI. Excellent communication skills are essential. The ability to work independently, under time pressure, and the dedication to communicate openly are necessary skills.


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