Scientific Programmer

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Fixed-term for 3 years, or until 31.01.2021.

Job Description

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 3D electron microscopy (EM) data through the EMDB ( and EMPIAR ( 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. The team consists of an international and inter-disciplinary mix of professionals (scientists and IT specialists) and we are looking to augment the team with a developer to work on an exciting Welcome Trust funded project to develop validation tools for cryo-electron microscopy. This is a joint project with the research groups of Garib Murshudov (MRC-LMB), Elena Orlova (Birkbeck Univeristy of London), Alan Roseman (University of Manchester), Peter Rosenthal (Francis Crick), Maya Topf (Birkbeck University of London), and Martyn Winn (STFC).

The post holder will:

  • Expand and improve the repertoire of stand-alone validation servers for the EM community offered by EMBL-EBI, such as the Fourier Shell Correlation server ( and the Tilt Pair Validation server (
  • Expand the visual analysis web service (e.g. that provides validation information on EMDB entries with the components to be developed by project partners.
  • Develop reporting formats for depositing validation information, e.g. from local resolution methods such as ResMap.

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 23 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer.

Qualifications and Experience

Applicants should have a Masters/PhD degree in a structural biology related field (e.g. 3DEM, X-ray crystallography, and NMR) and ideally one year's experience in software development (preferably related to a structural biology project). Applicants should have a good understanding of the image formation and image processing concepts in at least one structural field and be prepared to learn relevant concepts for the project.

Excellent written and oral communication skills, fluency in English, ability to work in a team, and attention to detail are required. The position may require occasional travel, mainly in the UK. 


EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation.

We have an informal culture, international working environment, and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

Additional Information

It is envisaged that interviews will take place in the week commencing 15.01.2018.

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