Genome Annotator (Regulation)
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 2 years or until 31 May 2021
Grading: Grade 4 or 5 (starts at £2,540.35 or £2,738.29 net monthly) + other paid benefits
Closing Date: 14 December 2020
Reference Number: EBI01712
Ensembl-HAVANA produces a reference gene annotation for human and mouse used around the world. We are recruiting a genome annotator to support our continuous efforts to improve understanding and representation of genes and our extension into the annotation of regulatory features within those species as part of the Ensembl and GENCODE projects.

Accurate identification and description of the genes and other important features in the human genome provides the foundation for high quality analysis of data informing both genome biology and clinical genomics.

There are currently 2 years of funding for this position.  

Your role

Tasks for this position will include work to:
  • Interpret genomics data and published literature to give the best possible representation of genes, transcripts and regulatory features
  • Develop guidelines, workflows and documentation for the interpretation of genomic data relevant to gene regulation
  • Work with bioinformaticians and software developers in the team to improve annotation tools, access to data, storage of annotation and representation of data in public resources
  • Liaise with other genome annotators, as well as internal and external collaborators to improve annotation outcomes and usability
The genome annotator will work within Ensembl-HAVANA at EMBL-EBI as part of the Vertebrate Genomics team which is a world leader for integration, annotation, analysis and presentation of genomic data. This environment provides access to an international collection of projects at the cutting edge of human genomic research.

You have

You must hold a BSc, MSc or equivalent experience in Molecular or Cell Biology, Genetics, Genomics or related fields. A PhD is not essential but would be an advantage.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, scientifically curious, show initiative and have direct experience of working on the biology of gene regulation, either in the laboratory or a bioinformatics role. Skill in delivering a high-quality product with excellent attention to detail and within fixed deadlines is essential. Excellent verbal and written communication, and interpersonal skills are a prerequisite as are problem solving skills, and the desire to learn and improve.  

Why join us

EMBL-EBI is a worldwide leader in bioinformatics. 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 beautiful South Cambridgeshire countryside, our state-of-the-art 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. Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. For more information please see our website.

Visa sponsorship information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

This position is limited to a project which will end in May 2021

This role is based in Hinxton, UK and you will be required to relocate once it is safe to do so if you are currently based abroad. More info on how we are recruiting in this period is available on our page: Recruitment and Onboarding during Covid19.

The role will close on the above date, however due to the festive period we may not respond to your application until the new year.