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User Experience Designer - COVID-19 Data Portal

We are looking for an enthusiastic User Experience Designer to join the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in our mission to create scientific web services that are aesthetically pleasing,... We are looking for an enthusiastic User Experience Designer to join the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in our mission to create scientific web services that are aesthetically pleasing, useful, usable, and empower our employees and scientists worldwide to solve the biggest challenges in biology. You will be joining the EMBL-EBI COVID-19 Data Portal task force, which was set up at the beginning of the pandemic and will be working closely with the Web Development team. One of the biggest challenges in a fast-moving pandemic is to share data and findings in a coordinated way. To address this challenge, EMBL-EBI and partners launched the COVID-19 Data Portal (https://www.covid19dataportal.org/) that enables researchers to upload, access and analyse COVID-19 related reference data and specialist datasets. Its main objective is to provide timely and effective access to all the COVID-19 relevant data stored across the EMBL-EBI resources, so that scientists can find and analyse that data to help answer their research questions.

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Closes 18 December 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Scientific Curator/Bioinformatician - UniProt

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is a worldwide leader in bioinformatics. We make the world’s public biological data freely available to the scientific community via a range of data... The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is a worldwide leader in bioinformatics. We make the world’s public biological data freely available to the scientific community via a range of data resources and tools. We are at the forefront of computational biology research, with work spanning sequence analysis methods, multi-dimensional statistical analysis and data-driven biological discovery, from plant biology to mammalian development and disease. We are the second largest site of EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) and our state-of-the-art campus is located near Cambridge, UK on the Wellcome Genome Campus, which is one of the world’s largest concentrations of scientific and technical expertise in genomics.We are proud to have a diverse, multidisciplinary team of over 850 forward-thinking people. Our exciting work attracts software developers, scientists and technicians from over 70 countries and we strongly encourage applications from individuals worldwide.

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Closes 20 December 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Chief Standards Officer (GA4GH)

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is a worldwide leader in bioinformatics. We make the world’s public biological data freely available to the scientific community via a range of data... The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is a worldwide leader in bioinformatics. We make the world’s public biological data freely available to the scientific community via a range of data resources and tools. We are at the forefront of computational biology research, with work spanning sequence analysis methods, multi-dimensional statistical analysis and data-driven biological discovery, from plant biology to mammalian development and disease.We are the second largest site of EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) and our state-of-the-art campus is located near Cambridge, UK on the Wellcome Genome Campus, which is one of the world’s largest concentrations of scientific and technical expertise in genomics.We are proud to have a diverse, multidisciplinary team of over 850 forward-thinking people. Our exciting work attracts software developers, scientists and technicians from over 70 countries and we strongly encourage applications from individuals worldwide.

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Closes 20 December 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Pathogen Project Lead

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking an enthusiastic Pathogen Project Lead to lead the coordination of our pathogen projects within the Data Coordination and Archiving Team.You... The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking an enthusiastic Pathogen Project Lead to lead the coordination of our pathogen projects within the Data Coordination and Archiving Team.You will work alongside the team’s Biocurators, Bioinformaticians and Software Engineers to oversee and coordinate the provision of innovative data services from our “COMPARE Data Hubs” technology to support our user communities in the pathogen domain.This is an opportunity to make a significant contribution to EMBL-EBI’s infectious disease data services, including those relating to COVID-19. Our infectious disease services cover pathogen data management, sharing, analysis and visualisation and include the Pathogen Portal (https://www.ebi.ac.uk/ena/pathogens/home), the COMPARE Data Hubs (10.1093/database/baz136), the European COVID-19 Data Platform (https://www.covid19dataportal.org/the-european-covid-19-data-platform) and the SARS-CoV-2 Data Hubs (https://www.covid19dataportal.org/data-hubs). These services are supported and developed under the VEO, ReCoDID, ELIXIR-CONVERGE and EOSC-Life projects.You will be responsible for leading on the coordination and tracking of a variety of data flows across these services. You will liaise with public health agencies and other scientific groups responsible for generating pathogen sequence data under surveillance programmes and outbreak investigations at national or regional levels for inclusion in COMPARE or SARS-CoV-2 Data Hubs to enable further analysis.You will seek out and initiate new collaborations, both national and international, as well as maintain existing ones by overseeing the provision of support for users with a range of services, from account management, data upload, data request, sharing controls, compute, search, retrieval and cloud access.You will advise on the development of scripts and tools to support the flow and presentation of data and think of ways to automate and streamline processes. You will coordinate the pathogen helpdesk ensuring queries are answered in a timely manner, oversee the quality of data and metadata submissions and work closely with technology developers to provide content support.

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Closes 4 December 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Software Developer - European Genome-phenome Archive

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking an enthusiastic, highly motivated Software Developer to join the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA). The EGA is a resource for permanent... The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking an enthusiastic, highly motivated Software Developer to join the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA). The EGA is a resource for permanent secure archiving and sharing of all types of potentially identifiable human genetic and phenotypic data resulting from biomedical research projects. Its aim is to provide access to data, foster data re-use, enable reproducibility, and accelerate biomedical and translational research in line with FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles. On behalf of data owners, the EGA securely archives and provides access to genetic data, frequently streaming over 100TB per day of encrypted data streams to authorized researchers around the world via data access API. The EGA is also an ELIXIR Core Data Resource and contributes to the wider life science community by committing to the long-term preservation of biological data.

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Closes 4 January 2021

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

SARS-CoV-2 Data Hubs Software Engineer

We are seeking a Software Engineer for deployment in the task force building and operating the SARS-CoV-2 Data Hubs, a part of the European COVID-19 Data Platform. We are seeking a Software Engineer for deployment in the task force building and operating the SARS-CoV-2 Data Hubs, a part of the European COVID-19 Data Platform.

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Closes 18 December 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Genome Annotator (Regulation)

Ensembl-HAVANA produces a reference gene annotation for human and mouse used around the world. We are recruiting a genome annotator to support our continuous efforts to improve understanding and... Ensembl-HAVANA produces a reference gene annotation for human and mouse used around the world. We are recruiting a genome annotator to support our continuous efforts to improve understanding and representation of genes and our extension into the annotation of regulatory features within those species as part of the Ensembl and GENCODE projects.Accurate identification and description of the genes and other important features in the human genome provides the foundation for high quality analysis of data informing both genome biology and clinical genomics.There are currently 2 years of funding for this position.

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Closes 14 December 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Software Engineer - Reactome

We are looking for an enthusiastic Full Stack Java Developer to join the Reactome Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). Reactome is a project which creates a biomolecular pathway... We are looking for an enthusiastic Full Stack Java Developer to join the Reactome Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). Reactome is a project which creates a biomolecular pathway database, based on a graph database representing a complex network of interactions and an advanced visualisation interface. Reactome is open source, open data. The web interface is available at at https://reactome.org and developer documentation at https://reactome.org/dev.

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Closes 30 November 2020

Postdoctoral Fellow in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Postdoctoral Fellow - ChEMBL

An exciting opportunity has been created for a talented scientist to work on the development of novel computational and informatics methods to improve target selection decision-making in drug... An exciting opportunity has been created for a talented scientist to work on the development of novel computational and informatics methods to improve target selection decision-making in drug discovery. The position is jointly funded by Open Targets and the Illuminating the Druggable Genome (IDG) projects. Open Targets is a public-private initiative between EMBL-EBI, GlaxoSmithKline, BMS, Takeda, Sanofi and the Sanger Institute to generate and integrate evidence on the validity of biological targets for drug development. The IDG is a large-scale NIH-funded initiative to develop informatics and experimental platforms with the ultimate goal of encouraging the wider community to investigate “understudied” proteins.

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Closes 31 December 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Web Developer (Open Targets)

We are looking for an enthusiastic and talented Front-End Software Developer to join the Open Targets team and help us build the next generation of open source and big data tools and services that... We are looking for an enthusiastic and talented Front-End Software Developer to join the Open Targets team and help us build the next generation of open source and big data tools and services that support the drug discovery process.As a key member of the Open Targets Core Team, you will work on developing and maintaining our two flagship open-source resources - the Open Targets Platform (www.targetvalidation.org) and the Genetics Portal (http://genetics.opentargets.org). Together, these two resources integrate, organise, and present vast amounts of biomedical data in order to help research scientists identify and prioritise potential therapeutic drug targets.Open Targets is a pioneering public-private partnership between Biogen, Celgene, EMBL-EBI, GSK, Sanofi, Takeda, and the Wellcome Sanger Institute. Open Targets brings together the expertise from seven complementary institutions to generate evidence on the biological validity of therapeutic targets and provide an initial assessment of the likely effectiveness of pharmacological intervention on these targets, using genome-scale experiments and analysis. Open Targets aims to provide an R&D framework that applies to all aspects of human disease, to improve the success rate for discovering new medicines, and share its data openly in the interests of accelerating drug discovery.

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Closes 31 December 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Project Coordination Officer (European Genome-phenome Archive)

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking a Project Coordination Officer to join the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) to coordinate our engagement and delivery across a variety... The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking a Project Coordination Officer to join the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) to coordinate our engagement and delivery across a variety of European Commission (EC) funded human genetic data sharing projects and contribute to the establishment of the Federated EGA network.The European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) is a resource for secure archiving and sharing of all types of potentially identifiable biomolecular and phenotypic data resulting from biomedical research projects. It provides access to human research data, fosters data re-use, enables reproducibility, and speeds up biomedical and translational research in line with the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles. The EGA is currently transitioning from a centralised resource managed by EMBL-EBI (Hinxton, UK) and Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG in Barcelona, ELIXIR Spain) to a federated service model. The Federated EGA is designed to support national human data sharing for genomic and clinical data collected from their citizens as part of healthcare or biomedical research projects. We have collaborated with over 14 European countries during the past 18 months to develop the EGA federation model (https://ega-archive.org/federated). As part of the European Commission's COVID-19 response, the Federated EGA will form a key infrastructure for sharing COVID-19 host genetic data. In parallel, the EGA is involved in a variety of EC funded projects such as European Joint Programme for Rare Diseases (EJP-RD), Beyond One Million Genomes (B1MG), Common Infrastructure for National Cohorts in Europe, Canada, and Africa (CINECA), and the ELIXIR Federated Human Data projects.

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Closes 8 December 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Bioinformatician (Open Targets)

The Open Targets (OT) project aims to systematically identify and prioritise drug targets by combining genetic, clinical and functional genomics data. It is a shared initiative between the European... The Open Targets (OT) project aims to systematically identify and prioritise drug targets by combining genetic, clinical and functional genomics data. It is a shared initiative between the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), a global leader in the management, integration and analysis of public domain life science data; world-leading pharmaceutical companies GSK, Takeda, Sanofi and Bristol Myers Squibb; and the Wellcome Sanger Institute, a world-leading genomics institution with expertise in human genetics, cancer and infectious disease.Within the consortium, the OT Platform (https://www.targetvalidation.org) integrates the growing body of evidence and provides the necessary context in order to inform the drug discovery process in the public domain.

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Closes 22 December 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Executive Assistant to the Associate Directors of EMBL-EBI

We’re offering an exciting opportunity to provide advanced, high level and quality executive support to EMBL-EBI’s two Associate DirectorsYou will be working in a dynamic and fast-paced environment in... We’re offering an exciting opportunity to provide advanced, high level and quality executive support to EMBL-EBI’s two Associate DirectorsYou will be working in a dynamic and fast-paced environment in the Directors’ Office, liaising with internal and external stakeholders all over the world.

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Closes 15 December 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Developer/Bioinformatician

We are looking for a versatile Developer/Bioinformatician who cares about open access to scientific data and putting FAIR principles into practice while working with one of the most valuable and... We are looking for a versatile Developer/Bioinformatician who cares about open access to scientific data and putting FAIR principles into practice while working with one of the most valuable and high-profile data collections in genomics.This is an opportunity to contribute to the ongoing development and sharing of resources initially established by the 1000 Genomes Project (https://www.internationalgenome.org), a foundational project in human genomics. The International Genome Sample Resource (IGSR), based at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), builds on the 1000 Genomes Project, maintaining and expanding its openly consented reference resources, which are heavily used by the scientific community. This expansion is further driven via the Human Genome Structural Variation Consortium (HGSVC) and the Human Pangenome Reference Consortium (HPRC). We are seeking to recruit an experienced and highly motivated Developer/Bioinformatician to join this effort. As researchers generate new data on openly consented human samples, we are working to integrate data sets, including data from new technologies, into the existing resources, actively collaborating with researchers and providing data coordination for their work. We also translate existing data into the context of new reference structures, such as the pangenome, reanalysing data on those structures as needed.

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Closes 4 December 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Outreach Officer

Ensembl is looking for an energetic outreach officer to design and deliver training on our resources. Ensembl (http://www.ensembl.org) develops free, comprehensive genome data services for a worldwide... Ensembl is looking for an energetic outreach officer to design and deliver training on our resources. Ensembl (http://www.ensembl.org) develops free, comprehensive genome data services for a worldwide audience, distributing gene and genome data through an online genome browser and publicly accessible databases and APIs. Ensembl Outreach is responsible for training and supporting our users from experimental laboratory scientists to bioinformaticians, and is part of the Genomics Technology Infrastructure team, supporting several resources including Ensembl, Ensembl Genomes and the International Genome Sample Resource (IGSR).

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Closes 9 December 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Ensembl Outreach Manager

Ensembl is seeking a manager for our collection of outreach activities. Ensembl (http://www.ensembl.org) develops free, comprehensive genome data services for a worldwide audience, distributing gene... Ensembl is seeking a manager for our collection of outreach activities. Ensembl (http://www.ensembl.org) develops free, comprehensive genome data services for a worldwide audience, distributing gene and genome data through an online genome browser and publicly accessible databases and APIs.Ensembl Outreach is responsible for training and supporting our users from experimental laboratory scientists to bioinformaticians, and is part of the Genomics Technology Infrastructure team, supporting several resources including Ensembl, Ensembl Genomes and the International Genome Sample Resource (IGSR).

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Closes 4 December 2020

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