Research Assistant or Reserach Associate (Fixed Term): Drosophila Biocurator: Part/Full-time

University of Cambridge - Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

We seek a biocurator to join the FlyBase group at the University of Cambridge, UK. If you are looking for a fulfilling, fly-related career away from the bench, and enjoy the challenge of organizing complex data clearly and concisely, then this is the job for you!

FlyBase biocurators identify genetic, genomic and functional data from scientific articles concerning the model organism Drosophila melanogaster and record these data in a systematic manner. Curated data are subsequently integrated into a central database and made freely available via the FlyBase website ( We also develop and improve several ontologies - these are sets of defined terms, organized into logical hierarchies, which we use to describe phenotypes and other curated data.

Additional activities of FlyBase curators include: developing strategies to improve data curation; helping to improve data display/querying on the website; and interacting with the research community through HelpMail, surveys and presentations/workshops at research conferences. Curators also have the opportunity to develop programming skills and contribute to FlyBase publications.

Essential skills/experience: a science degree; post-graduate research experience using Drosophila; the ability to identify and organize specified data; good communication skills, including excellent written and spoken English

Useful skills/experience include: familiarity with databases; familiarity with ontologies; programming; annotation/curation experience.

Appointment as Research Associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience). Where a PhD has yet to be awarded, appointment will initially be made at Research Assistant and amended to Research Associate when the PhD is awarded.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2018 in the first instance. Funding beyond that depends on a successful grant renewal.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applications should include a CV (curriculum vitae) and a covering letter explaining why you are suited to the position.

Interviews are anticipated to occur in the week commencing 14 November 2016.

Please quote reference PM10360 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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