Scientific Curator
Location:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category:Staff Member
Contract Duration:1 Year
Grading:4 or 5 (monthly salary starting at £2,368 or £2,552 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here
Closing Date:22 July 2018
Reference Number:EBI_01251

Job Description

Two scientific curator positions are available within the Variation Annotation team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

These positions will involve extraction of detailed scientific information from published scientific papers into the Genome-Wide Association Study (GWAS) Catalog. In addition the roles will involve carrying out tasks to investigate improving this resource for users.

The curators will work within a team of Scientific Curators at EMBL-EBI and in collaboration with scientists at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).

Objectives:

  • Extraction of information from published scientific papers for inclusion in the GWAS Catalog.


  • Working collaboratively as part of an International team of scientists.


  • Working with EMBL-EBI staff from other disciplines to improve data extraction, management and access.


  • Participation in analysis of Catalog data and drafting of manuscripts, publications, and presentations as interests and time allow.

The Variation Annotation Team at the EMBL-EBI is one of the world’s leading groups for integration, annotation, analysis and presentation of genomic variation data. This environment provides access to an international collection of projects at the cutting edge of human variation research.

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 should have a degree in genetics or biological sciences. A PhD is not required but would be an advantage. The successful applicant must have an in-depth understanding of genetic variation and genomics. Experience or knowledge of genome wide association studies and data curation would be advantageous.

You must show strong self motivation to work both independently and as part of a closely interacting team of international scientists. Skill in delivering a high quality product with attention to detail and within fixed deadlines is essential.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are a prerequisite.

Benefits

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.

This position is limited to the contract duration specified.

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

It is envisaged that interviews will take place in the week commencing 06.08.2018