Biologist, Mouse Informatics

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Contract Duration: 3 years

Job Description
Are you a biologist who wants to promote a global informatics resource at international meetings and workshops? Do you want to learn more about informatics while playing a critical role in a team that is pushing the state-of-the-art for phenomics? If so, this position is for you! 

European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) Mouse Informatics is building off recent successes (see Dickenson et al Nature, 22 September 2016) and has secured funding from the NIH Common Fund to expand our team to promote the rich phenotype data we are collecting and analysing for the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC). We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to provide a biologist’s perspective in the design and implementation of new tools and features as well as promoting the IMPC resources at large international conferences and focused workshops.

The IMPC is a G7 recognised global research infrastructure that coordinates the production and phenotyping of thousands of new mutant mouse strains with all data archived within our team and made available at mousephenotype.org. Over the last five years, we have made 20,000 new gene-phenotype associations from 3,500 strains collected from a diverse set of standardised phenotype tests. The knockout mouse strains are made readily available to the research community and to date over 650 publications have cited IMPC strains in their research. The IMPC is entering a new 5-year phase where we want to scale up our outreach to different fields in the biomedical research community.

You’ll be working within Mouse Informatics at EMBL-EBI alongside developers, bioinformaticians and ontologists that make up the wider SPOT team. As part of your day to day job, you’ll be collaborating with the team, who have a range of expertise in semantics, data analytics, image analysis and 3D image display. You’ll also be interacting with other groups at EMBL-EBI and external collaborators, both within the UK and internationally, to improve our resources.

Your specific goals and tasks:

  • Collect user feedback and develop user stories
  • Provide user analysis as part of the software development cycle
  • Prepare and facilitate workshops for researchers on how the IMPC can contribute to their research
  • Represent the IMPC at international research conferences through presentations, posters and booths
  • Contribute to the writing of peer-reviewed articles and communications materials
  • Be actively involved in the IMPC Communications workgroup and the IMPC help desk.

Your specific goals and tasks:

  • Collect user feedback and develop user stories
  • Provide user analysis as part of the software development cycle
  • Prepare and facilitate workshops for researchers on how the IMPC can contribute to their research
  • Represent the IMPC at international research conferences through presentations, posters and booths
  • Contribute to the writing of peer-reviewed articles and communications materials
  • Be actively involved in the IMPC Communications workgroup and the IMPC help desk. 

Willingness to undertake international travel and availability for US based teleconferences is essential for this post. Excellent interpersonal, communication and English skills are also necessary as the role will involve liaising with other scientists at EMBL-EBI and from around the world.

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