Scientific Curator
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years (renewable to 4 years)
Grading: 4 or 5 (monthly salary starting at £2,540.35 after tax)
Closing Date: 3 November 2020
Reference Number: EBI01706
The Gene Expression Team at EMBL-EBI requires an experienced and motivated scientific curator to work with various production databases and grant-funded projects, including Expression Atlas, ArrayExpress, and BioStudies.

Your role

The post holder will join the team in order to support the development of new curation workflows for transcriptomics, proteomics, single cell RNA-Seq and spatial transcriptomics data, with focus on datasets generated by the Fly Cell Atlas. Specifically:
  • Primary focus on bio-curation and management of metadata for expression data for Expression Atlas and Single Cell Expression Atlas;
  • The development and extension of standard formats for functional genomics data (e.g. for new types of high-throughput single-cell sequencing data);
  • Interaction with the Fly Cell Atlas Community and FlyBase curators for the management of data and metadata from single-cell sequencing data;
  • Interaction with software developers, an illustrator and FlyBase curators to contribute to the development of interactive fly anatomograms.
  • Interaction with software developers at EMBL-EBI to jointly specify, design and test software relevant to the team’s work (e.g. Expression Atlas interface and visualisation tools, Annotare submission tool);
  • Design and delivery of training materials for Functional Genomics resources (e.g. at hands-on training courses), with occasional collection of participant feedback to guide user-focused development of Expression Atlas and other Functional Genomics resources at the EBI.
  • Occasional travel may also be required.
The post holder will report to the Gene Expression Team Leader.

You have

You should have a first degree in Biology and a relevant higher degree such as in MSc in Biology or Bioinformatics. PhD or equivalent work experience is preferred. A background in working with high-throughput data, especially single-cell RNA-sequencing, array-based gene expression, genotyping or other high-throughput sequencing data would be useful. Experience working with research scientists analysing or managing research data, or working in a production environment managing scientific data is desirable. Basic programming experience and knowledge of working with biological ontologies would be advantageous.    

You might also have

No programming experience is required, but some experience in any of Unix shell, SQL and Python and relational databases (Oracle, MySQL) would be advantageous. Any experience with the use and design of controlled vocabularies would be useful. Experience of working with RNA-seq or single-cell data is particularly welcome.

You will also require effective communication and teamwork skills to work successfully within a busy team and will interact with the collaborators, users, support teams and other EBI staff.

Why join us

EMBL-EBI is a worldwide leader in bioinformatics. 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 encourage personal and professional development and are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their potential at work.

Surrounded by picturesque 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 per year plus 8 bank holidays
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Unique pension scheme including 17% employer contribution
  • Annual salary review
  • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (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 and 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

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system. 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. Applications are encouraged from all nationalities and this has continued after Brexit. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

This position is an initial 3 year project contract, renewable to 4 years, and is based in Hinxton, UK. More info on how we are recruiting in this period is available on our page: Recruitment and Onboarding during Covid19.

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

Appointment will be based on merit alone.