Scientific Database Curator
Location:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category:Staff member
Contract Duration:2 years
Grading:5 (monthly salary starting at £2,552 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here
Closing Date:12 August 2018
Reference Number:EBI_01259

Job Description

We are seeking a Scientific Database Curator, to join the Molecular Systems team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

The Database Curator will contribute to the maintenance and extension of the IntAct molecular interaction database and the Complex Portal. The main tasks are the analysis of published literature on protein interactions and their integration into the IntAct database and the abstraction of information to create reference protein complexes, with a focus on how sequence variation affects interaction outcome. The successful candidate will also interact with external data producers and international partner databases through the IMEx Consortium to ensure highest quality standards for the resulting molecular interaction data. Funding for this position is limited to 2 years.

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 hold a PhD or MSc in molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related subject. An interest in bioinformatics is required, prior experience in database curation, analysis of protein interactions, molecular pathways or cellular complexes is a plus.

The post holder should be able to work independently and interact well within a team environment. Good communication and interpersonal skills as well as a working knowledge of English language are essential.


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 grant duration specified.

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

It is envisaged that interviews will take place on 14.09.2018 ND 17.09.2018