Scientific Curator/Bioinformatician
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: Grade 5 - 6 (Currently £2.738 - £3,063.41 after tax) + other paid benefits
Closing Date: 16 December 2020
Reference Number: EBI01725
The Universal Protein Resource (UniProt) group at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking to recruit a Scientific Database Curator/Bioinformatician to contribute to the further development of the UniProt databases. EMBL-EBI is located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

Your role

The Curator/Bioinformatician will contribute biological and bioinformatics expertise to the maintenance and annotation of the UniProt resource. This will include improving and increasing the automatic annotation of unreviewed entries, and the development and maintenance of the Proteomes section, appraising and selecting new methodologies for choosing appropriate datasets to populate this.

You have

The successful candidate must be detail-oriented and must be able to quickly and accurately interpret scientific data and literature.  Applicants should possess a university degree in life sciences as a minimum while further qualifications such as a PhD are desirable. Previous experience in using biological databases is required and evidence of having used Python, R or another language to analyse and report on biological data. Experience of sequence analysis tools and protein classification is advantageous but not essential.  

You might also have

The position requires the curator to possess excellent communication and organisational skills in order to interact well under time pressure within a team of software developers and biologists and also with external partners and collaborators.

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

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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.

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. This position is limited to a project which will end in May 2026.