Scientific Curator/Bioinformatician - UniProt

Key information

  • Location: EMBL-EBI Hinxton
  • Staff category: Staff Member - Science, research and training
  • Contract duration: 3 years
  • Grading: Grade 5 - 6 (Currently £2.738 - £3,063.41 after tax) + other paid benefits
  • Closing date: 20 December 2020
  • Reference number: EBI01725

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About this position

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.


Your role

The Universal Protein Resource (UniProt) acts as a central hub of biological and biomedical knowledge by providing a unified view of protein sequences linked to functional information. Reviewed records are expertly curated with information extracted from the literature and curator-evaluated sequence analysis. The Gene Ontology annotation database contains more structured data, describing the function of the protein in a way that increases computational accessibility.

As Curator/Bioinformatician you will have the opportunity to contribute biological and bioinformatics expertise to the maintenance and annotation of the UniProt resource.

This will include:

  • The creation of automatic annotation rules (UniRules)
  • Appraising datasets and selecting new methodologies for choosing appropriate datasets to populate the Proteomes section of UniProt
  • The analysis and annotation of protein sequences using a range of tools
  • Outreach to, and training of our scientific user communities
  • Working with colleagues in the UniProt Consortium, other protein databases at the EMBL-EBI (e.g. Ensembl), relevant model organism databases and the biocuration community

You have

  • The successful candidate must be detail-oriented and must be able to quickly and accurately interpret scientific data and literature 
  • Applicants should possess a university degree in life sciences and further qualifications such as a PhD are desirable
  • Previous experience in using biological databases is required and evidence of having used Python, R or another language to analyse and report on biological data

You might also have

  • The position requires the curator to possess excellent communication and organisational skills in order to interact well under time pressure within a team of software developers and biologists and also with external partners and collaborators
  • Experience of sequence analysis tools and protein classification is advantageous but not essential

Why join us

EMBL-EBI is a worldwide leader in bioinformatics. We encourage personal and professional development and are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their potential at work.

Surrounded by beautiful South Cambridgeshire countryside, our state-of-the-art Campus provides employees with a relaxed atmosphere where the pursuit of scientific discovery and meaningful work, underpin every role. In addition, our employees have access to a wide range of benefits including:

  • 30 days annual leave per year plus 8 bank holidays
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Unique pension scheme including 17% employer contribution
  • Annual salary review
  • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover)
  • Death benefit, long-term care, accident at work and unemployment insurances
  • Relocation package including installation grant (if required)
  • On-site library and subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria
  • Casual dress code
  • Free shuttle bus to and from Campus
  • Extensive sports and social club activities (run on campus and remotely)
  • Family benefits: Onsite nursery, child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances
  • Benefits for non-UK residents: Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance

What else you need to know

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To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system.

At EMBL-EBI, we strongly believe that inclusive and diverse teams benefit from higher levels of innovation and creative thought. We encourage applications from women, LGBTQ and individuals from all nationalities. Visa exemptions will be offered to international candidates and details will be discussed during interview. We believe in science without borders and this continues after Brexit.

This role is based in Hinxton, UK and you will be required to relocate once it is safe to do so if you are currently based abroad. More info on how we are recruiting in this period is available on our page: Recruitment and Onboarding during Covid19.

This position is limited to a project which will end in May 2026.

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