Scientific curator – LRG

We’re looking for a scientific curator to work on the Locus Reference Genomic project, curating clinically relevant gene annotation. We’re looking for degrees in genetics or biological sciences with understanding of genetic variation and genomics. Closes 12th November.

Location: EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: until 31.01.2020
Grading: 5 (monthly salary starting at £1,963 for 30 hours a week). For more information about pay and benefits click here
Closing Date: 12 November 2017
Reference Number: EBI_01058

Job Description

We are looking for a part-time scientific curator to join the Variation Annotation team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located near Cambridge, UK.

The curator will be part of a team who work on the Locus Reference Genomic (LRG; project which focuses on improving annotation of loci with clinical implications and facilitating reporting of variants at these loci. This involves curation of transcription and other biological data, collaborating with groups at EMBL-EBI and NCBI and liaising with members of the wider scientific community, especially basic and clinical research groups and diagnostic laboratories.

The normal duties of this position include:

  • Working collaboratively as part of an international team of scientists.
  • Working with the community to identifiy and review clinically relevant loci.
  • Reviewing transcription and other biological data to select clinically relevant transcripts.
  • Managing data releases and interaction with EMBL-EBI resources such as Ensembl.

The curator will work within a team of scientific curators at the EMBL-EBI and in collaboration with scientists at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). 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.

It is envisaged that this role will be 30 hours a week however other working patterns can be considered.

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 22 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

Applicants should have a first degree, or higher qualification, in genetics or biological sciences. An in depth understanding of genetic variation and genomics is essential. A PhD would be an advantage. Previous experience in data curation is highly desirable. Knowledge of variant annotation and interpretation in the clinical setting would be beneficial. Experience working in a UNIX/Linux environment, with data tracking systems and with the Ensembl genome browser would be an advantage.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates who possess scientific curiosity and initiative. (S)he will work both independently and as part of a closely interacting team of international scientists.

The ideal candidate must be skilled at delivering a high-quality product with excellent attention to detail and within fixed deadlines.

Excellent verbal and written communication, and interpersonal skills are a prerequsite.


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.

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