UniProt Curation Team Leader
Location:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category:Staff Member
Contract Duration:3 years
Grading:9 (monthly salary starting at £4,541 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here
Closing Date:17.04.2017
Reference Number:EBI_00896

Job Description

We are seeking a highly experienced biocurator to become a faculty level Team Leader for the Protein Function Content Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), located on the Wellcome Genome Campus, near Cambridge, in the UK. The Protein Function Content Team Leader manages a team of expert biologists in manual curation of proteins as part of the international UniProt (http://www.uniprot.org) and GO (http://www.geneontology.org) consortia, as well as other related data resources.

The Protein Function Content Team is currently composed of 16 staff members who carry out expert curation of the scientific literature for the UniProt database as well as Gene Ontology annotation. Staff in the team work closely with the software development team to ensure high quality of the data services. The team is highly international and collaborative.

The Team Leader will report to Alex Bateman, Head of Protein Sequence Resources, and will work closely with Maria Martin, the Protein Function Development Team Leader. The Team Leader will also collaborate closely with international colleagues on a number of projects.

The Team Leader’s responsibilities will include development of strategy for the team, management of staff members and grants, ensuring delivery on key performance indicators, and identifying and applying for grant funding opportunities. The post holder will ensure good communication between the curators and databases developers on site and among the collaborators. They will facilitate the development of annotation protocols and the subsequent quality control, ensure efficient data flow and contribute to the development of new curation software tools. The role will involve international travel to consortia meetings and to present the work of the team at international meetings as well as engagement with user communities. As an EMBL-EBI Team Leader, the post-holder will also actively engage with other EMBL-EBI Team Leaders to coordinate activities across the institute.

EMBL-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and it is a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation. EMBL-EBI provides freely available data from life science experiments, performs basic research in computational biology and offers an extensive user training programme, supporting researchers in academic and industry. We have close ties with both the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Qualifications and Experience

Applicants should have a strong biological background (PhD level) in molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline with prior management and practical experience within the field of curation of biological data, preferably in the protein field. A track record in grant writing and securing funding is essential.

The post holder must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the capability for strategic thinking. The post holder will have excellent writing skills and be able to work to tight deadlines.


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.

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.

Application Instructions

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

Additional Information

Applications are welcome from all nationalities - 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.

The initial contract is for a period of three years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.

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

It is envisaged that interviews will take place on 16th May 2017.