Scientist in Molecular Evolution
Location:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category:Staff Member
Contract Duration:3 Years
Grading:7 (monthly salary starting at £3,250 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here
Closing Date:24th September 2017
Reference Number:EBI_01025

Job Description

We are seeking to recruit a Scientist to join Nick Goldman's research group ( at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

The group researches the evolutionary analysis of DNA and protein sequences, genomic data analysis methods, modelling of molecular evolutionary processes and statistical inference based on these models. We are interested in applications of existing and novel sequence analyses in large-scale comparative genomics and Next Generation Sequencing, and have recently become involved in studies around the use of DNA for digital information storage.

You will work with Nick Goldman and other members of the group on both phylogenetic methodology and biological applications. You will be expected to participate in research projects already under way in the group and to develop your own projects in related areas.

In addition to pursuing research, you will take responsibility for various tasks maintaining and developing the efficient operation of the group. These may include management or leadership of research projects of your own and the group’s devising; supervision of other staff (including post-graduate students and junior visitors); compilation of materials for reports and presentations; preparation of grant applications; teaching at training events (including abroad); liaison with colleagues and collaborators both within and outside of EMBL.

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

You will have a PhD and further research experience and publications in computational biology. Necessary attributes include: understanding of and enthusiasm for the questions biologists ask of genome sequence data, experience of mathematical modelling and statistical data analysis, scientific computer programming.

A background in biology, mathematics/statistics, computer science or other technical disciplines, combined with subsequent cross-disciplinary experience, is the likely career path.

Past success in the leadership responsibilities described above will be advantageous.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required.


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.