European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Contract Duration: 1 year and 6 months initially (renewable).

Job Description

We are looking to appoint a highly motivated bioinformatician to join the VectorBase team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), located on the Wellcome Trust Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

Vector Base is an NIH funded Bioinformatics Resource Center focused on invertebrate vectors of human pathogens such as mosquitoes, ticks, and lice. We provide genomic and epidemiological data resources to the international research community, and work with a wide variety of scientists from different disciplines to help generate, interpret, integrate, and disseminate genome-scale data sets. We are now seeking to appoint someone with specific responsibilities as follows:

  • Integration of relevant data into regular public releases.
  • Development and deployment of efficient software pipelines for data import and quality control, aimed at novel data types (e.g. host-pathogen interaction data) and data resources.
  • Annotation of new genome assemblies, benchmarking of new software tools, and collaboration with external scientific researchers.
  • Collaboration with other VectorBase member teams in the UK and USA, relevant groups across EMBL-EBI, and external collaborators.
  • Interaction with the user community, including training, support for community annotation, and identification of new requirements.
  • Representation of VectorBase at conferences and workshops.

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. 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. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy in a fast moving, international environment.

Qualifications and Experience

You will hold a degree in computer science or bioinformatics, or a degree in biological sciences and a post-graduate qualification in computer science or bioinformatics. Experience working in genomics, insect biology, epidemiology, or bioinformatics is highly desirable, but not essential.

Ideally two years professional programming experience or research experience with next generation sequencing data is needed.

You must be highly self-motivated, and be able to work independently and manage your time effectively. You must also be open to working in a production team are expected to have good communication skills.

The successful candidate will have good knowledge of Perl, though experience in other scripting languages (e.g. Python, JavaScript) or compiled languages (e.g. Java) will also be taken into consideration. Knowledge of relational database management systems (e.g. MySQL), writing SQL statements and designing database schemas is essential. Experience of using Ensembl, indexing systems (e.g.Solr), handling large data sets, workflow management systems for distributed computing (e.g. LSF, SGE), NoSQL database technologies, and of the use of biological ontologies for data annotation, are all desirable.


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, as well as financial support for relocation and installation.

Application Instructions

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

Additional Information

Applications are welcome from all nationalities.

EMBL-EBI encourages applications from women.

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