Marine Biocurator/Senior Marine Biocurator
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: Grade 5 or 6 monthly salary starting at £2,676 - £2,994 after tax)
Closing Date: 21 February 2020
Reference Number: EBI01597
We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic Marine Biocurator to join a project with the Data Coordination and Archiving Team at the EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI;, located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge (UK).

The Data Coordination team provides support to our broad user base in the use of our data resources and services as well as data coordination and other bioinformatics support services for partners around the world for a portfolio of projects.

This position is a fantastic opportunity to gain hands-on experience, working on marine projects with major scientific impact in a world-leading bioinformatics institute.  

Your role

You will work alongside the team’s Biocurators, Bioinformaticians and Software Engineers to provide innovative data services from the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA) to support our user communities in two marine projects:

1. The AtlantECO project is a multidisciplinary research collaboration to determine the structure and function of the Atlantic microbiome in the context of ocean circulation and presence of pollutants. Your role in this project will be to curate provenance and contextual metadata and aid submission of new marine genomics data to ENA with standard metadata and rich environmental context. You will also lead on the development of a handbook to provide standards and best practices about sampling protocols, biobanking, ABS compliance and sample analysis protocols.

2. BlueCloud, a synergistic project with AtlantECO, will demonstrate the Pilot Blue Cloud as a thematic European Open Science Cloud to support research to better understand and manage the many aspects of ocean sustainability. You will be involved in delivering the Plankton Genomics demonstrator. You will integrate well-structured, open sets of genomic and image data, to ensure access to data that are interoperable across the data types and demonstrate the potential of the Blue Cloud approach.

Your work will be carried out in close communication with our international base of submitters and project partners. You will be required to take an active part in the development and delivery of data coordination services, attending and presenting at internal and international meetings.  

You have

•    A post-graduate degree or PhD in a biological science
• Broad knowledge of molecular biology and next-generation sequencing technologies
• Experience in curation, preferably in the marine domain
• At least 5 years proven experience working on large-scale marine projects
• Demonstrated experience working in multidisciplinary research collaborations in a community-facing role
• Basic knowledge of relational database management systems and SQL query language
• Experience in working with UNIX command line operations

You will be expected to:
• Have excellent oral and written communication skills
• Be highly organised and able to meet deadlines
• Be able to demonstrate a high level of attention to detail
• Work both independently and as part of a team
•    Be capable of planning and delivering projects  

You might also have

• Knowledge of XML format and schema
• Basic knowledge of Perl, Python or other scripting language  

Why join us

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 over 27 member states and two associate member states. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 850 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

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. For more information about pay and benefits click here.

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.

What else you need to know

To view a copy of the full job description please click here To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system. Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. For more information please see our website. 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. This position is limited to the project duration specified. Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.

The interview date will be the 28th February 2020.