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Scientific Database Curator

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Location: Cambridge, Hinxton
Salary: £2,676.73 monthly starting salary after tax (Grade 5)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th August 2019
Closes: 19th September 2019
Job Ref: EBI01483

About the team/job

The UniProt Knowledgebase acts as a central hub of biological and biomedical knowledge by providing a unified view of protein sequences linked to functional information. Reviewed records are expertly curated with information extracted from the literature and curator-evaluated sequence analysis. The Gene Ontology annotation database contains more structured data, describing the function of the protein in a way that increases computational accessibility.

The role consists of reading and evaluating experimental literature and transferring selected data to the appropriate entries in protein databases, primarily UniProt and Gene Ontology.

The curator will work on the UniProt and Gene Ontology project with colleagues in the UniProt and Gene Ontology consortia, other protein databases at the EMBL-EBI (e.g. InterPro, PDBe, IntAct), relevant model organism databases and the biocuration community

Your role

  • The extraction of experimental protein data from the scientific literature and other databases
  • The analysis and annotation of protein sequences using a range of tools
  • Interaction with the UniProt and Gene Ontology Development team’s software engineers to work on the improvement of the database(s) contents and services
  • Outreach to, and training of, our scientific user communities 

You have

  • Broad knowledge in biochemistry and/or molecular biology
  • Relevant laboratory experience
  • Experience in using biological databases
  • Detail-oriented
  • Able to quickly and accurately interpret scientific data and literature
  • Excellent written English
  • Excellent communication, time-management and organisational skills

You might also have

  • Previous experience/qualification in Biocuration 

What else you need to know

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To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system.

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system. Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

This position is limited to the project duration specified.

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