Scientific Database Curator
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 5 (monthly salary starting at £2,676.73 after tax)
Closing Date: 30 June 2020
Reference Number: EBI01622
We are looking to recruit a Scientific Database Curator to join the Cellular Structure & 3D Bioimaging team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. EMBL-EBI is a world-leader in archiving and disseminating 3D biomacromolecular and cellular structure data. The Cellular Structure & 3D Bioimaging team plays a key role in the dissemination of 3DEM data through the EMDB (emdb-empiar.org) and EMPIAR (empiar.org) public archives. We develop and provide advanced tools and web-resources for searching, analyzing and visualizing structural data for the benefit of structural biologists and the wider scientific community. The team consists of an international and inter-disciplinary mix of professionals (scientists and IT specialists).  

Your role

The post holder will augment the cryo electron microscopy (cryo-EM) domain expertise in the CS3DB team and work on a project involving the annotation and biocuration of the EMDB/PDB and EMPIAR archives. The biocuration activity with also involve improving the integration of EMDB and EMPIAR data with other bioinformatics resources. This project also involves making resources more accessible to a broader spectrum of biomedical users. The post holder will therefore help with user-experience (UX) testing, outreach and training.  

You have

Applicants should have a Masters/PhD degree in a structural biology related field (e.g., X-ray crystallography, NMR and 3DEM) and at least one year’s experience in cryo-EM. Excellent written and oral communication skills, fluency in English, ability to work in a team, and attention to detail are required. The position will require occasional travel.  

You might also have

Previous experience of structural deposition, bio-curation, UX testing, outreach and training would be beneficial, as would the demonstrated ability to take initiative, learn quickly and adapt to new challenges.  

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

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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 BST on the date listed above.