Scientific Database Curator
Location:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category:Staff Member
Contract Duration:3 years
Grading:5 (monthly salary starting at £2,552 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here
Closing Date:29th July 2018
Reference Number:EBI_01255

Job Description

We are seeking to recruit a Scientific Database Curator to join the Protein Function Content Team which is part of the Universal Protein Resource (UniProt) at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

You will contribute to the maintenance and extension of UniProt databases in a number of ways, including responsibilities such as:

  • The extraction of experimental protein data from the scientific literature and other databases
  • The analysis and annotation of protein sequences using a range of sequence analysis tools
  • The interaction with the Protein Function Development team’s software engineers to work on the improvement of the database(s) contents and services, and outreach to our scientific communities

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 23 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level in life science and will have a broad knowledge in biochemistry and/or molecular biology. A higher degree (MSc/PhD) and/or relevant post-graduate experience will be very desirable.

You must have experience with the following:

  • Several years experience in the experimental investigation of proteins
  • Previous experience in using Windows and biological databases

In addition to the above, previous database curation and/or editorial experience is advantageous, but not essential, as full training will be provided

The successful candidate must be detail-oriented and must be able to quickly and accurately interpret scientific data and literature. You will work closely with other team members, other EMBL-EBI groups and our international collaborators, the ideal candidate will therefore possess excellent communication and organisational skills in order to interact well under time pressure within a team of software developers, biologists and with external international partners.


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 1st August 2018.