Data Integration Scientist

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 5 or 6 depending on experience (monthly salary starting at £2,552 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here.

The ChEMBL Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is looking for a talented Scientist with a passion for data integration to manage the incorporation of drug discovery data into the ChEMBL database.

ChEMBL is a world-leading chemogenomics resource, providing open bioactivity data and associated tools to the scientific community. We have a considerable number of users from academia and industry. You will work in a team-oriented environment, collaborating closely with fellow scientists and technical experts, chemo- and bio-informaticians and software engineers across EMBL-EBI and with our many external partners from the UK and internationally. You will contribute to the development of robust, production data pipelines as well as prototyping novel scientific solutions. You will have excellent communication skills, able to interact with technical experts as well as scientists seeking solutions to their "real world" problems.

Reporting to the ChEMBL team leader, the job responsibilities will include:

  • Responsibility for the handling, processing and integration of data into the ChEMBL database.
  • Facilitating the deposition of datasets directly into ChEMBL through working with external collaborators.
  • Applying text- & data-mining techniques for the development of effective large-scale curation strategies.
  • Developing methods for the application and maintenance of ontologies in ChEMBL.
  • Working with other teams to facilitate the integration of data between different EBI resources.

EMBL-EBI is a world-leading informatics centre providing biological and chemical data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A BSc (or equivalent) in a life-science subject (e.g. biological or biomedical sciences).
  • Ideally 3+ years of postgraduate experience in scientific application development, database development or text- & data-mining, with a demonstrable track record of achievement.
  • Excellent knowledge of UNIX systems.
  • Proficient in at least one programming/scripting language (Python knowledge is highly desirable).
  • Good knowledge of relational databases, data modelling, SQL and PL/SQL, and RESTful web-services.
  • Good understanding of a range of bioinformatics tools and resources (e.g., BLAST, Pfam, PDB, UniProt).
  • Experience in integrating diverse data sets.
  • Knowledge of good practice in software engineering and good code documentation.
  • Team player, ability to work both as part of a team and independently.
  • Self-motivated with a driver for quality.
  • Good communication (verbal and presentational).


  • Higher degree (e.g., MSc/PhD) or equivalent in life-sciences, computer science, or related discipline.
  • Formal training in programming, data/entity-relationship modeling, text- & data-mining.
  • Familiarity with Python, Java and Perl.
  •  Knowledge of drug discovery and development.
  • Experience working with chemogenomic and pharmaceutical data.
  • Knowledge of cheminformatics methods (e.g., chemical structure representations, substructure & similarity searching).

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

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.

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 is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women.

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