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A career at EMBL-EBI allows you to explore new ideas and technologies, and to collaborate with people with very different professional backgrounds.


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.

Based on the Wellcome Genome Campus in the Cambridge biotech cluster, we offer outstanding technical infrastructure and a supportive, family-friendly working environment.

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Lead Data Scientist/Bioinformatician - Biomedical data integration

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking to recruit a highly motivated Lead Data Scientist/Bioinformatician to lead the integration of biomedical genomics and genetic variation data... The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is seeking to recruit a highly motivated Lead Data Scientist/Bioinformatician to lead the integration of biomedical genomics and genetic variation data with the knowledge on proteins in the Universal Protein Resource (UniProt), a world-leading provider of protein information, infrastructure and tools.The integration of biomedical data from large scale international initiatives into the UniProt Knowledgebase (UniProtKB) is essential to provide users with comprehensive information on the role of proteins in health and disease. Proteins shape our cells, tissues, and organs in response to the complex interplay of genomics with environmental and developmental cues. Proteins are key in understanding how individual genomic variation affects our phenotype, disease susceptibility, and drug responses. UniProt develops pipelines for the integration of sequence variation data from resources such as gnomAD and ClinVar. New technologies such as deep mutational scanning are emerging to determine the functional effects of thousands of variants in a certain protein in a single experiment. The development of computational tools will be critical in supporting variant analysis.The successful candidate will have the wonderful opportunity of working with software engineers and scientists in a world-leading resource on proteins (UniProt) at EMBL-EBI. S(he) will join the UniProt development team whose work spans computational annotation of proteins, software development, large-scale compute, big data, data production and automation. We are part of the UniProt Consortium with teams in US and Europe and collaborate with consortia and scientific communities from all over the world to research how proteins work in cell biology.The Protein Function development team maintains bioinformatics infrastructure of the world leading Universal Protein Resource (UniProt), Gene Ontology Annotation and Enzyme resource. This is a very dynamic and interdisciplinary team comprising talented and enthusiastic software engineers and bioinformaticians working closely together with the biocurators in these resources. The UniProt resource is one of the most internationally used protein databases serving a large and diverse research community in genomics, proteins and proteomics.

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Closes 4 March 2021

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Software Developer

The Metabolomics Team is seeking an experienced Software Developer to join our dynamic and international team at the EMBL-EBI in Hinxton, UK.Metabolomics is the study of small molecule metabolites in... The Metabolomics Team is seeking an experienced Software Developer to join our dynamic and international team at the EMBL-EBI in Hinxton, UK.Metabolomics is the study of small molecule metabolites in the metabolome, which is the complete set of metabolites in a biological sample. By studying these metabolites, we can observe changes in cellular networks and biochemical pathways. This approach is being used to detect disease states and their progression, monitor responses to therapy, stratify patients based on biochemical profiles, and highlight targets for drug design. Our team provides the biomedical community with information on metabolites and their interplay with biological systems.We are responsible for MetaboLights, a global public repository for data from metabolomics experiments and their associated metadata. The database is cross-species, cross-technique and covers metabolite structures and their reference spectra as well as their biological roles and locations, and experimental data from metabolic experiments. We are also developing a centralised Metabolite Knowledgebase and MetaboLights Labs, a workspace for our community to use up to date and appropriate workflows for metabolomics analysis and a controlled access version of MetaboLights for clinical studies.This is an exciting time for the metabolomics field and we as a team are committed to evolving our database and services to serve our scientific community.

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Closes 18 February 2021

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Software developer

We are looking for a talented full stack software developer to work on cutting edge tools for genome annotation as part of the Ensembl project (www.ensembl.org).Apollo (https://github.com/GMOD/Apollo)... We are looking for a talented full stack software developer to work on cutting edge tools for genome annotation as part of the Ensembl project (www.ensembl.org).Apollo (https://github.com/GMOD/Apollo) is a web-based platform used by researchers worldwide to annotate genome sequences with genes and other features important for their biological interpretation. The project has recently expanded and is now a collaboration between the University of Berkley, the Wellcome Sanger Institute, and the Ensembl group at EMBL-EBI. As part of the Ensembl Applications team, you will work closely with developers and stakeholders at all three sites to produce the exciting next generation of Apollo.

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Closes 25 February 2021

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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 20 February 2021

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Electron Microscopy Data Bank Coordinator

EMBL-EBI is a world-leader in archiving and disseminating 3D biomacromolecular and cellular structure data and plays a key role in the dissemination of 3D electron microscopy (EM) data through the... EMBL-EBI is a world-leader in archiving and disseminating 3D biomacromolecular and cellular structure data and plays a key role in the dissemination of 3D electron microscopy (EM) data through the EMDB (Electron Microscopy Data Bank; emdb-empiar.org) and EMPIAR (Electron Microscopy Public Image Archive; empiar.org) public archives.We develop and provide advanced tools and web-resources for searching, analysing and visualising structural data for the benefit of structural biologists and the wider scientific community. The team consists of an international and inter-disciplinary mix of professionals (scientists and IT specialists).

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Closes 19 February 2021

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Database Engineer

We are looking to recruit an experienced database engineer to join the Literature Services Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near... We are looking to recruit an experienced database engineer to join the Literature Services Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. EMBL-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).Our team develops and maintains EuropePMC (https://europepmc.org/) - a repository of 6.5 million full text biomedical research articles, supplemented with ~38 million abstracts, database links and citation information.This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to an ambitious project that aims to become the literature resource of choice for life science and biomedical researchers in the UK, Europe and beyond.You will be working together with the rest of the team (Developers, Tester, UX, Product Manager, Team Leader, Data Scientist, Community Manager, Help Desk, Database Administrators - DBAs) in an Agile environment and will need to collaborate with external collaborators

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Closes 17 February 2021

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Bioinformatics Developer

Genomic sequencing in the clinical setting is becoming routine, but it produces large numbers of variants which require efficient annotation and filtering to understand potential disease mechanisms... Genomic sequencing in the clinical setting is becoming routine, but it produces large numbers of variants which require efficient annotation and filtering to understand potential disease mechanisms and improve diagnoses. We seek a bioinformatician to work on tools to help improve the speed, accuracy, sensitivity, precision and information content of clinical reporting from genomic sequence information.The new position will involve working with the existing members of the Variation Annotation team and interacting with clinical research scientists and curators to extend and improve existing tools. The team of bioinformaticians/developers deliver robust and reliable resources for consistent variant annotation. We are responsible for the variation resources in the Ensembl project and develop tools for data access, visualisation and variant interpretation, including the Ensembl Variant Effect Predictor (VEP). As part of our contribution to the Transforming Genomic Medicine Initiative (TGMI), we have developed Gene2Phenotype (G2P), a system to capture and distribute manually curated gene-to-phenotype or disease associations in a standardised, structured format. G2P data can be used with an Ensembl VEP extension to filter results from genome and exome sequencing studies and more rapidly filter results to identify potentially causative genotypes.

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Closes 17 February 2021

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Hybrid Cloud Manager

The Hybrid Cloud Manager will work within the Technology and Science Integration (TSI) team leading a sub-team of 3 cloud consultants and working with other IT teams across the Technical Services... The Hybrid Cloud Manager will work within the Technology and Science Integration (TSI) team leading a sub-team of 3 cloud consultants and working with other IT teams across the Technical Services Cluster (TSC) at EMBL-EBI. More generally the TSI team provides coordination and supporting professional services across all of the IT activities at EMBL-EBI and reports to the Head of Technical Services, Steven Newhouse. The TSC has 90 staff distributed across 6 teams (including TSI) providing a range of IT services to over 800 technical research and administrative users who together deliver a set of life-science related services around the world. We are based at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

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Closes 24 January 2021

Staff Member in EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Ensembl Variation Project Leader

The Ensembl Project, based at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), is one of the leading providers of genome annotation. We are seeking a talented and highly motivated Project Leader to... The Ensembl Project, based at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), is one of the leading providers of genome annotation. We are seeking a talented and highly motivated Project Leader to manage the Ensembl variation and phenotype resources.Large-scale sequencing projects are producing genomic data on an unprecedented scale, providing extensive variant catalogues in many species and leading to the discovery of rare human variants. New techniques also allow systematic measurement of variant impact on functional elements of the human genome. Together, these can be used to drive an improved understanding of gene regulation, genetic disease, evolution and population genetics.The Ensembl Team creates pipelines and procedures for the aggregation and annotation of large of scale data from public archives. We develop tools for data access, visualisation and variant interpretation, including the Ensembl Variant Effect Predictor (VEP). We participate in projects including the Transforming Genomic Medicine Initiative (TGMI), the European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) and the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) and are actively engaged with our user community. Ensembl resources are some of the most highly used by scientists across the globe.

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Closes 31 January 2021

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