HGNC Gene Nomenclature Advisor
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)
Closing Date:26th July 2018
Reference Number:EBI_01257

Job Description

We are seeking an experienced, motivated and capable Scientific Curator to join the HGNC (HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee) at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the prestigious Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Hinxton, Cambridgeshire in the UK. EMBL-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and is a leading provider of cutting-edge research, service and training in the field of Bioinformatics.

The HGNC is the only worldwide authority assigning standardised human gene symbols and names, and has three key goals:

  • providing unique standardised nomenclature for every human gene;
  • ensuring this information is freely available, widely disseminated and universally used; and
  • ensuring this nomenclature is expanded and utilised across vertebrate genomes.

We are looking to recruit a new Nomenclature Advisor who will particularly focus on our new work as the Vertebrate Gene Nomenclature Committee (VGNC), assigning gene symbols and names to genes in key vertebrate species. On this project your main tasks will be:

  • bioinformatic analysis of nucleotide and protein sequences
  • curation of online resources, in particular the HGNC and VGNC databases, and
  • communication with researchers, other nomenclature groups, journals and databases.

For further information please go to www.genenames.org, vertebrate.genenames.org and www.ebi.ac.uk.

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 proven track record in biocuration, database and webpage editing, and be educated to PhD level (or equivalent) in a biological science, preferably with a strong background in genetics, phylogenetics, biochemistry or molecular biology.

You will also enjoy working in a team environment, ideally with experience of collaborating with external groups, and will possess excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills. A strong command of the English language is essential. This role will involve international travel.


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 project duration specified.

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