Job Title: Curator
Job Ref: EBI_00818
Employer: European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
Job Location: EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Closing Date: 06/11/2016
Job Description:

We are looking for a Curator to join the Variation Annotation team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.


The world of molecular biology is getting ready for a methodological revolution, brought in by the discovery of the CRISPR/Cas9 mechanism. Thanks to this protein complex, researchers are developing new protocols to reliably and cost-effectively alter DNA and validate any number of hypotheses in vivo. It is a recent discovery, but already extremely large datasets are being produced.

EMBL-EBI is one of the world’s largest public repositories of biological results, providing resources for scientists to share and re-examine their experiments. We are therefore setting up a new database to capture this wealth of cutting-edge measurements, starting from genome-wide screens then expanding to relevant new protocols as they emerge.

The primary role of this position is to curate publication data and enter them into this new CRISPR database. Typical tasks of the role will comprise:

  • Reading publications;
  • Interacting with authors to query missing information;
  • Collaborating with developers to define the structure of the database and its functionalities;
  • Entering the data into this database;
  • Communicating the work to researchers in the field, including user support and training;
  • Preparing reports and presentations to represent Ensembl at internal meetings.

The EMBL-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and is Europe's leading provider of information services to biological researchers in academia and industry. The institute is located on the Wellcome Genome Campus at Hinxton, near Cambridge, UK. We enjoy many benefits including sports facilities, a free shuttle bus to Cambridge and other nearby centres, and an attractive working environment set in 55 acres of parkland. Our salary scales are very competitive. For further information please visit

Qualifications and Experience

You should have a first degree, MSc or higher qualification, in genetics or biological sciences and have an in-depth understanding of:

  • Bioinformatics;
  • Molecular Biology;
  • Genetics;
  • Genomics.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with good communication and interpersonal skills. You must have scientific curiosity and initiative. You will work both independently and as part of a closely interacting team of international scientists. Skill in delivering a high quality product with excellent attention to detail and within fixed deadlines is essential.

You must be confident manipulating data using Excel. Experience using Unix or Perl would be an advantage.


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

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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.