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Working with us gives you access to a very wide range of skills, expertise and knowledge, and an opportunity to put your energy into solving important problems. Our IT professionals work hand-in-glove with scientists and engineers to find solutions for healthcare, agriculture and the environment by maximising the value of life-science research data.

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Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Neurobiology curator

This is an opportunity to help build innovative new systems that enable biologists access the fruits of the single cell revolution in neurobiology.New techniques allow profiling of gene expression,... This is an opportunity to help build innovative new systems that enable biologists access the fruits of the single cell revolution in neurobiology.New techniques allow profiling of gene expression, morphology, connectivity and function across massive numbers of cells, allowing us to understand the nature of brain cell types in unprecedented detail. We are working on this project with the Allen Brain Institute in Seattle, which is at the forefront of this work, to develop a system for sharing their data-driven classifications of brain cells in a broadly accessible form. This system will include links back to the original data and to systems that other scientists can use to classify cell types from their own data.Our team at the EBI are experts in using semantics to index and integrate a wide variety of biological data-types, working with projects as diverse as the Human Cell Atlas, the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium and the Virtual Fly Brain. We are also leading providers of semantic services both within the EBI and to researchers around the world.

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Closes 26 October 2020

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Semantic Web Developer

This is an opportunity to work on the cutting edge of data-driven semantics.New techniques allow profiling of gene expression, morphology, connectivity and function across massive numbers of cells,... This is an opportunity to work on the cutting edge of data-driven semantics.New techniques allow profiling of gene expression, morphology, connectivity and function across massive numbers of cells, allowing us to understand the nature of brain cell types in unprecedented detail. We are working with the Allen Brain Institute in Seattle, which is at the forefront of this work, to develop a system for sharing their data-driven classifications of brain cells in a broadly accessible form. This system will include links back to the original data and to systems that other scientists can use to classify cell types from their own data.Our team at the EBI are experts in using semantics to index and integrate a wide variety of biological data-types, working with projects as diverse as the Human Cell Atlas, the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium and the Virtual Fly Brain. We are also leading providers of semantic services both within the EBI and to researchers around the world.

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Closes 26 October 2020

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Senior Java Developer (FIRE)

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, highly motivated senior software developer to work on the UK Biobank EMBLEM project at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the... We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, highly motivated senior software developer to work on the UK Biobank EMBLEM project at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. The main purpose of the role is to support the containerisation and deployment of FIRE, a locally developed software-defined storage system that provides FIle Replication in our internal data centres and remote cloud environments. You will participate in extending the existing service in support of a new collaboration with the UK Biobank to provide archival and distribution of 500,000 whole-genomes.FIRE is an established software-defined storage system based on open source software, aiming to provide fast data archival and retrieval at scale, for the many physical, virtual and container platforms managed by other EMBL-EBI service teams. FIRE is currently growing by around 2PB of new data each month and is currently undergoing a huge transformation to become a cloud-like service available to EMBL-EBI teams. You will be joining the team which maintains the legacy code and runs the service while implementing the new solution within our hybrid cloud environment.You will be working in the Software Development and Operations team led by Sarah Butcher, within the Technical Services Cluster (TSC).

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Closes 9 November 2020

Supernumerary in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Human Trait Curator

The post holder will work with data content specialists from the GWAS Catalog and ontologist to improve the way that human traits, for example, those representing complex diseases, are represented and... The post holder will work with data content specialists from the GWAS Catalog and ontologist to improve the way that human traits, for example, those representing complex diseases, are represented and annotated. The team delivers resources such as the Experimental Factor Ontology and several ontology tools widely used by the community, for example Ontology Lookup Service, and the Ontology Cross Reference Service OxO and the post holder will collaborate within the teams that deliver these resources.This post is funded by the UPheno project which standardises and integrates phenotype terminologies (ontologies) across multiple species through the application of standard design patterns and a common automated ontology build system. We will extend existing ontology design patterns and use them to formally define trait terms used in GWAS annotation. This will have potential applications in identification of drug targets, variant prioritization in the clinic and hypothesis generation in medical research.

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Closes 3 November 2020

Supernumerary in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Bioinformatician

After receiving funding from the UK government to cover an 18 month project, we've assembled a new EMBL-EBI team to pilot our prototype software providing DNA-based diagnostics and global surveillance... After receiving funding from the UK government to cover an 18 month project, we've assembled a new EMBL-EBI team to pilot our prototype software providing DNA-based diagnostics and global surveillance information for tuberculosis (“Mykrobe Atlas”). We are now looking for a talented bioinformatician to join our team. Reporting to Zamin Iqbal within the Iqbal Research team, you will be working as part of an exciting project that will trial the Mykrobe Atlas in Buenos Aires (Argentina), with an intention of scaling it up as a global service in the future. The new EMBL-EBI team (4 new members: architect/server-side API, dev ops, bioinformatic/analytics back-end, data curator) works with two existing team members who built the current version, and a secondee from Buenos Aires. At the other end, in Buenos Aires, another developer will use the service “in the field”, working with the local expert group to use the information for patients. The EMBL-EBI team works alongside the Iqbal research group, comprising 8 researchers (backgrounds in biology, computer science, and maths) from across the world. We also work with collaborators at the Malbran Institute.The goal is to deliver a working system (with minimal features) to the customer as soon as possible. This will be followed by multiple iterative loops of improving user-interface, analytics and performance, with direct customer feedback, both locally (EMBL-EBI) and then in Buenos Aires.

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Closes 4 October 2020

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

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

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

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

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 (Cryo-EM)

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

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