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Senior Biocurator

Cardiff University - Division of Infection and Immunity School of Medicine College of Biomedical and Life Sciences

Location: Cardiff
Salary: £33,199 to £39,609 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th August 2019
Closes: 7th September 2019
Job Ref: 8760BR

The Division of Infection and Immunity is seeking a Biocurator who can curate data, and support the efforts of a team of programmers/curators as part of the international database project ( 

A biocurator is a scientist who extracts, interprets, synthesizes and archives data from a variety of sources, including literature, genomes, online materials and author provided biological data, to standardize this data and make it machine readable, more discoverable and accessible to the public.

The candidate should have substantial experience in a minimum of either mass spectrometry, bioinformatics or cheminformatics and should possess experience in organic chemistry/small molecules, and ideally a broad knowledge in molecular biology or biochemistry. The post holder should be able to work both independently and in close collaboration with the other team members in San Diego and Babraham, Cambridge.

The candidate will need experience in organic chemistry/small molecules, and demonstrate the ability to annotate a biological lipid in the context of chirality and isomers. The candidate will interact with published literature and researches to identify and annotate new lipid structures.

The candidate will have experience of working with ontologies in the context of curating biological molecules. Demonstrate experience in the collection, storage, transformation, standardization, harmonization and analysis of legacy data stored in a variety of formats (CSV, JSON, Relational databases like MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLServer Oracle).

The candidate should demonstrate skills in the use of common data wrangling or Extract-Transform-Load software, programming or scripting languages (such as HTML, PHP). This is required in order to have the ability to upload articles onto the LIPID MAPS website. This role will work within a multidisciplinary team.

This post is full time (35 hours per week), available immediately and is fixed term until 29th January 2022.

For further information, candidates should contact Dr Robert Andrews (

Salary: £33,199 - £39,609 per annum (Grade 6)

Closing date: Saturday, 7 September 2019

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

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