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Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Virtual Infrastructure Engineer - (Full or Part time)

Located at the Welcome Genome Campus in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside, you will be immersed within one of the world’s largest concentrations of scientific and technical expertise in... Located at the Welcome Genome Campus in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside, you will be immersed within one of the world’s largest concentrations of scientific and technical expertise in genomics. You will join a diverse, multidisciplinary team of over 850 forward thinking people, which currently represent over 70 nationalities.Working in our growing Technical Services team we are looking for a highly motivated individual to take on a role as a Virtual infrastructure Engineer. EMBL-EBI offers a unique opportunity to acquire professional experience in an international scientific environment with access to cutting edge technologies.This exciting role develops and supports our virtual infrastructure based on VMware.

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Closes 26 October 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Head of Research

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) is an international, innovative and interdisciplinary research organisation funded by more than 27 member states and is the second largest part of the... The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) is an international, innovative and interdisciplinary research organisation funded by more than 27 member states and is the second largest part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). Since its inception in 1994, EMBL-EBI has lead the way in computational biology research, with compelling work spanning sequence analysis methods, multi-dimensional statistical analysis and data driven biological discovery. Research at EMBL-EBI comprises 10 dedicated research groups along with 8 further teams that combine research activities and service delivery.EMBL researchers publish regularly in top-tier journals, with 40% of papers in the top 5% of journals in biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology. Four EMBL papers are among the top 100 most highly cited papers ever - one in the top 10 and two co-authored by EMBL-EBI researchers. Located at the Welcome Genome Campus in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside, you will be immersed within one of the world’s largest concentrations of scientific and technical expertise in genomics. You will join a diverse, multidisciplinary team of over 850 forward thinking people, which currently represent over 70 nationalities.

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Closes 20 September 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Back-end Software Developer (GWAS Catalog)

The Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies team is part of the Molecular Archives Cluster and shares projects such as the GWAS (Genome-Wide Association Study) Catalog with the Genes, Genomes and Variation... The Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies team is part of the Molecular Archives Cluster and shares projects such as the GWAS (Genome-Wide Association Study) Catalog with the Genes, Genomes and Variation Cluster. We also collaborate closely with EMBl-EBI colleagues.The GWAS Catalog is a manually curated, high-quality repository of all published genome-wide association studies and has been running since 2008. It is considered the “go-to” resource for looking up findings relating human genotype to phenotype associations. GWAS studies give scientists insight into the association between small variations in the human genome, and biological traits, phenotypes or diseases. The GWAS Catalog is responsible for collecting these data and making them Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) so they can be served back to the community for analysis and discovery. We’re looking for an experienced software developer to join the GWAS Catalog development team and help take our infrastructure to the next level. You’ll be working on the full software stack as a DevOps engineer and have the opportunity to influence the design and development of the system to meet future challenges in this exciting era of genomic science.You should be a strong Java programmer who is excited and interested by complex data integration and presentation problems. You’ll need to be flexible enough to learn new languages to find the right tool for the right problem. You’ll be responsible for the development and maintenance of the GWAS Catalog software using a variety of tools, frameworks and technologies, including Spring, Thymeleaf and Bootstrap. You should also be keen to advance your knowledge of the latest industry standard toolkits to help continuously innovate the Catalog. You should be enthusiastic about full-stack development, as you’ll be expected to develop, test and deploy tools from database to user interface.The Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies Team practices agile development methodologies, so you should have experience in working in agile teams, or be keen to learn.You will also need to be capable of working with non-technical biologists to maintain a strong focus on the biological requirements of the GWAS Catalog, and ideally have familiarity with conducting user experience testing to ensure that the Catalog is tailored to our users’ requirements. If you have a biological background, or have worked in a bioinformatics environment in the past, you’ll have a distinct advantage but training in this area will be provided if required.

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Closes 9 October 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

GWAS Catalog Curator

The GWAS Catalog (www.ebi.ac.uk/gwas) is a highly valued and widely used public repository of all published genome-wide association studies and has been running since 2008. It is considered the... The GWAS Catalog (www.ebi.ac.uk/gwas) is a highly valued and widely used public repository of all published genome-wide association studies and has been running since 2008. It is considered the “go-to” resource for looking up findings relating human genotype to phenotype associations. The GWAS Catalog is responsible for collecting these data and making them Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) so they can be served back to the community for analysis and discovery. We’re looking for a scientific curator to join the GWAS Catalog team. This position will involve extraction of detailed scientific information from published scientific papers into the GWAS Catalog, processing and annotating data submissions from the scientific community, and supporting submitters. In addition, the role will involve working with the software development team to improve the resource for users.

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Closes 9 October 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Front-end Software Developer (GWAS Catalog)

The Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies team is part of the Molecular Archives Cluster and shares projects such as the GWAS (Genome-Wide Association Study) Catalog with the Genes, Genomes and Variation... The Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies team is part of the Molecular Archives Cluster and shares projects such as the GWAS (Genome-Wide Association Study) Catalog with the Genes, Genomes and Variation Cluster. We also collaborate closely with EMBl-EBI colleagues.The GWAS Catalog is a manually curated, high-quality repository of all published genome-wide association studies and has been running since 2008. It is considered the “go-to” resource for looking up findings relating human genotype to phenotype associations. GWAS studies give scientists insight into the association between small variations in the human genome, and biological traits, phenotypes or diseases. The GWAS Catalog is responsible for collecting these data and making them Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) so they can be served back to the community for analysis and discovery. We’re looking for an experienced software developer to join the GWAS Catalog development team and help take our infrastructure to the next level. You’ll be working on the full software stack, taking ownership of the GWAS Catalog interfaces with the opportunity to influence the design and development of the system to meet future challenges in this exciting era of genomic science.You should be a strong Java programmer who is excited and interested in complex data integration and presentation problems. You should be excited about front-end technologies and frameworks as well as working closely with other developers to find new and efficient ways to create tools for summarising and visualising complex data.You will also need to be capable of working with non-technical biologists to maintain a strong focus on the biological requirements of the GWAS Catalog, and ideally have familiarity with conducting user experience testing to ensure that the Catalog is tailored to our users’ requirements.

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Closes 9 October 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Scientific Product Manager: ELIXIR Human Genomics and Translational Data

ELIXIR is seeking a Scientific Product Manager to join the dynamic and international team at the ELIXIR Hub in Hinxton, UK. ELIXIR is a unique undertaking that consolidates Europe’s bioinformatics... ELIXIR is seeking a Scientific Product Manager to join the dynamic and international team at the ELIXIR Hub in Hinxton, UK. ELIXIR is a unique undertaking that consolidates Europe’s bioinformatics resources, services, and national centres into a single, coherent infrastructure. ELIXIR ensures interoperable tools, long-term sustainability and the reuse of life-science data by supporting community standards and running common services. As a distributed research infrastructure ELIXIR is built upon the bioinformatics services provided by the national ELIXIR Nodes. The main purpose of this role is to provide coordination and support to deliver and manage key infrastructure elements and products being developed within Human Genomics and Translational Data to enable an ELIXIR-wide comprehensive approach to the management, archival, and responsible sharing of human data consented for reuse in scientific research. This role requires working closely with leaders and members of the ELIXIR Nodes to develop and deliver a cohesive plan to enable the federation of human data. This includes working with the ELIXIR Federated Human Data, Rare Diseases, and human Copy Number Variation Communities, and the five ELIXIR technical Platforms to drive the adoption and implementation of key products such as federated EGA, ELIXIR AAI and ELIXIR Beacon. A key responsibility of this role is to develop and implement a path to mature sensitive human data management infrastructure for the ELIXIR Nodes. This will be described through a staged process in a suite of maturity models constructed in collaboration with colleagues from the ELIXIR Hub and Nodes, other infrastructures as well as external experts in the field. Reporting to ELIXIR’s Head of Human Genomics and Translational Data you will contribute to projects in this area and participate actively delivering on Horizon 2020 projects such as B1MG, ELIXIR CONVERGE and IMI projects such as FAIRplus as well as further developing strategic partnerships, such as with GA4GH. The Scientific Product Manager will work in close collaboration with the Human Data Coordinator and Human Data Science Officer, the ELIXIR technical coordinators and the other teams at the ELIXIR Hub as well as with colleagues at the 23 ELIXIR Nodes and other project partners throughout Europe to ensure interoperable and long-term services.

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Closes 20 September 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Full Stack Software Developer

The use of sequence similarity to electronically transfer annotation is a cornerstone of modern molecular biology. One of the most widely used suite of tools for performing sequence similarity... The use of sequence similarity to electronically transfer annotation is a cornerstone of modern molecular biology. One of the most widely used suite of tools for performing sequence similarity searches, especially for capturing protein family information, is the HMMER suite. EMBL-EBI maintains the HMMER web servers, which provide the research community with web access to these tools, and enables the searching of sequences and profile hidden Markov models (HMMs) against large sequence databases (e.g. UniProtKB, Ensembl and MGnify) and profile HMM libraries (e.g. Pfam). Currently, millions of searches per month are performed on the HMMER web servers. These servers are part of the Microbiome Informatics Team, led by Rob Finn, but notably provide search capabilities to multiple EMBL-EBI resources.This project will also interface with other EMBL-EBI resources, particularly Ensembl, PDBe, Pfam and UniProtKB, and as such the postholder will be required to liaise with developers in those groups to ensure correct data synchronisation. As well as interacting with teams at EMBL-EBI, the post-holder will also be expected to interact with the HMMER algorithm development team, based in Harvard US. This collaboration allows us to guide HMMER developments and may provide other resources, such as additional compute, as required.

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Closes 6 October 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Computational Data Analyst

The Ensembl Regulation team is looking for a talented bioinformatician or computational biologist to prototype statistical and machine learning approaches to characterise the regions of the genome... The Ensembl Regulation team is looking for a talented bioinformatician or computational biologist to prototype statistical and machine learning approaches to characterise the regions of the genome responsible for controlling gene expression in each cell at the right level at the right time. This three-year project will suit those who wish to apply their research experience to develop and refine methods within a high visibility project, with the support of experienced developers.Ensembl (http://www.ensembl.org/) is one of the most successful large-scale bioinformatics projects and one of the leading projects for genome annotation. We import massive amounts of data from various archives (genome sequences, variation archives, etc) and use them to create syntheses (gene annotation, whole-genome alignments, gene trees, regulatory elements, etc). Our services are freely open to all scientists around the world, and serve a range of uses, from basic science to biomedical research.Ensembl Regulation’s core product is a computational pipeline that annotates parts of the genome as having regulatory function—regions which control how genes are expressed in different tissues and cell types. These elements have been shown to play a significant role in explaining the mechanisms underlying individual variation and are central to understanding development, evolution and the progression of disease.

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Closes 6 October 2020

Postdoctoral Fellow in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Postdoctoral Fellow - Cortes-Ciriano Group

The Cortes-Ciriano group studies the mutational processes and mechanisms of genome instability underpinning tumorigenesis, immune escape, and drug response through the analysis of multi-omic,... The Cortes-Ciriano group studies the mutational processes and mechanisms of genome instability underpinning tumorigenesis, immune escape, and drug response through the analysis of multi-omic, high-throughput data of tumors and pre-clinical models.Ultimately, we aim to uncover novel pharmacological targets for cancer therapy and biomarkers of drug response. More information about the group can be found here.

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Closes 2 October 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Ensembl User Experience Analyst

Ensembl is looking for a talented UX and usability specialist with a particular interest in user research, user testing and solutions design.Genomics is one of the fastest growing areas of science and... Ensembl is looking for a talented UX and usability specialist with a particular interest in user research, user testing and solutions design.Genomics is one of the fastest growing areas of science and a field with huge contributions to make towards human health, food security and climate change. Based at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, Ensembl is one of the world's leading resources for genomic research and is accessed by thousands of researchers from around the globe every day. You will have a unique opportunity to change the way users can view and use this genomic data.You will work with our Senior UX Designer, Outreach and a team of highly skilled developers to help advance and refine how we conceptualise, communicate and present data to maximise benefit to our users - scientific, medical and agricultural researchers - as they navigate and explore big genomic data. We encourage you to be creative, finding solutions that are both functional and elegant as they meet our users needs. Please note, this is not a mobile first project.

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Closes 1 October 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Ensembl Web Full Stack Developer

The Ensembl project (https://www.ensembl.org/) is looking for a talented developer with experience of building modern web applications, to contribute to our open source, next generation platform.... The Ensembl project (https://www.ensembl.org/) is looking for a talented developer with experience of building modern web applications, to contribute to our open source, next generation platform. Ensembl is one of the world’s leading genome annotation projects, importing sequence data from biological data archives and enriching it with information such as gene structure, variation, and regulatory elements. We also develop web interfaces to help researchers make sense of genomic data and enable third party tool development through our extensive APIs. As part of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) our data are distributed without restriction to researchers across the world and our code is freely available (https://github.com/Ensembl).

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Closes 1 October 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Scientific Database Curator

We are looking for a Scientific Database Curator to join the Cellular Structure & 3D Bioimaging team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).This is a fantastic opportunity to work as... We are looking for a Scientific Database Curator to join the Cellular Structure & 3D Bioimaging team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).This is a fantastic opportunity to work as part of the latest research in the field. The team consists of an international and inter-disciplinary mix of professionals including scientists and IT specialists. EMBL-EBI is a world-leader in archiving and disseminating 3D biomacromolecular and cellular structure data. The Cellular Structure & 3D Bioimaging team plays a key role in the dissemination of 3DEM data through the EMDB (emdb-empiar.org) and EMPIAR (empiar.org) public archives. We develop and provide advanced tools and web-resources for searching, analyzing and visualizing structural data for the benefit of structural biologists and the wider scientific community.

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Closes 29 September 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

European COVID-19 Data Platform Project Manager

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory - European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking a Project Manager for the European COVID-19 Data Platform. The main purpose of the role is to... The European Molecular Biology Laboratory - European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking a Project Manager for the European COVID-19 Data Platform. The main purpose of the role is to provide the project management to ensure successful delivery of the Platform through the four EC Horizon 2020 projects that support it.The European COVID-19 Data Platform provides a foundation of data and services to support research activities in the fight against COVID-19. Launched in April 2020, the Platform develops with high energy and advances rapidly in content, technologies, functions and usage. Delivery brings together teams from across EMBL-EBI and a host of collaborating partners from European and Global institutions with budget in excess of €6M over two years.As Project Manager, you will have a central role in driving forward and coordinating project activities between the teams involved at EMBL-EBI and at our collaborator sites, the EC and our grants and financial management groups, and you will take part in project dissemination activities. This position is an exciting opportunity to become involved in, and provide critical support for, a major component of the world’s scientific response to COVID-19, to contribute to society in the face of the crisis and to help to deliver infectious disease data infrastructure for reuse in the future.

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Closes 25 September 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Agricultural Genomics and Bioinformatics Team Leader

We are seeking a faculty level Team Leader to head the newly created Agricultural Genomics and Bioinformatics team at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute... We are seeking a faculty level Team Leader to head the newly created Agricultural Genomics and Bioinformatics team at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). The Team Leader will manage and develop data resources supporting scientists using genomics to improve crop and livestock agriculture, including relevant components of the Ensembl project.

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Closes 21 September 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Ensembl Infrastructure Project Leader

The Ensembl project seeks an enthusiastic project leader to head the software development and maintenance of the Ensembl database and API infrastructure, as well as a suite of internal analysis... The Ensembl project seeks an enthusiastic project leader to head the software development and maintenance of the Ensembl database and API infrastructure, as well as a suite of internal analysis tools.The Ensembl project maintains a number of authoritative databases in the world of biology that describe genome sequences and their functional units, such as genes, variants or regulatory regions. Those databases and the associated APIs support a wide number of use-cases, from manual annotation of human genes to the loading of thousands of bacterial genomes. As more and more species are sequenced, the software and storage solutions are constantly evolving to maintain both efficiency and flexibility. The successful candidate will lead the development of the required infrastructure and associated tools.

SDE Learn more

Closes 21 September 2020

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