GWAS Catalog Curator
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 2 years (until 30/09/2022)
Grading: 4 or 5 (monthly salary starting at £2,540 or £2,738 after tax)
Closing Date: 9 October 2020
Reference Number: EBI01679
The GWAS Catalog ( is a highly valued and widely used public repository of all published genome-wide association studies and has been running since 2008. It is considered the “go-to” resource for looking up findings relating human genotype to phenotype associations. The GWAS Catalog is responsible for collecting these data and making them Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) so they can be served back to the community for analysis and discovery.  We’re looking for a scientific curator to join the GWAS Catalog team. This position will involve extraction of detailed scientific information from published scientific papers into the GWAS Catalog, processing and annotating data submissions from the scientific community, and supporting submitters. In addition, the role will involve working with the software development team to improve the resource for users.  

Your role

The position is a fantastic opportunity to gain hands-on experience working on a project with major scientific impact in a world-leading bioinformatics institute.

The curator will work within a team of Scientific Curators and Software Developers at EMBL-EBI, located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and in collaboration with scientists at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in the US. The Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies team is part of the Molecular Archives Cluster. We collaborate closely with colleagues in the Genes, Genomes and Variation cluster and other EMBL-EBI colleagues.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Management of metadata for submissions handled by the Catalog; communication with submitters
  • Extraction of information from published scientific papers for inclusion in the GWAS Catalog.
  • Working collaboratively as part of an international team of scientists.
  • Working with EMBL-EBI staff from other disciplines to improve data extraction, management and access.
  • Participation in analysis of Catalog data and drafting of manuscripts, publications, and presentations as interests and time allow.
  • Interaction with software developers to jointly specify, design and test software relevant to the team’s work

You have

  • In-depth understanding and interest in genetic variation and genomics;
  • Skill in delivering a high quality product with attention to detail and within fixed deadlines;
  • Strong self motivation to work both independently and as part of a closely interacting team of international scientists;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work successfully within this busy team and interact with the software developers, users, collaborators, support teams and other EBI staff.

You might also have

  • You may already have basic programming skills, or a desire to learn.

Why join us

Our supportive culture encourages personal and professional development and we are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their potential at work. Surrounded by beautiful South Cambridgeshire countryside, our Campus provides employees with a relaxed atmosphere where the pursuit of scientific discovery and meaningful work, underpin every role. In addition, our employees have access to a wide range of benefits including:
  • 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Flexible work arrangements (including remote working, part-time and job share options)
  • Unique pension scheme with a generous employer contribution
  • Annual salary review
  • Private medical insurance for you and your dependent family members (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover)
  • Death benefit, long-term care, accident at work and unemployment insurances
  • Relocation package including installation grant (if required)
  • On-site library
  • Subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria
  • Casual dress code
  • Free shuttle bus to and from Campus
  • Extensive sports and social club activities (run on campus and remotely)
  • Family benefits: Onsite nursery, child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances
  • Benefits for non UK residents: Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance

What else you need to know

At EMBL-EBI, we strongly believe that inclusive and diverse teams benefit from higher levels of innovation and creative thought. We encourage applications from women, LGBTQ and individuals from all nationalities. Visa exemptions will be offered to international candidates and details will be discussed during interview.

This position is limited to the project duration specified. 

To apply, please submit your application through our online system.  Applications will close at 23:00 BST on the date listed above. We aim to provide a response within two weeks after the closing date.