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RNAcentral Bioinformatician

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) - Service Teams

About the team/job

RNAcentral is a leading database for non-coding RNA sequences. This resource is visited by tens of thousands of users every year, is highly cited and is currently funded by a Wellcome grant. RNAcentral is part of the Sequence Families group, which is led by Alex Bateman.
You will be working closely with Project Leader for RNA Resources, Blake Sweeney, as well as the RNAcentral full stack developer and bioinformatician and biocurator from the Rfam team.  

Your role

You will be responsible for running, maintaining and developing the bioinformatic pipeline that imports ncRNA data from >40 different sources, performs quality controls and additional analyses. As part of your responsibilities you will import new types of data, create new analyses and ensure the continued functionality of the RNAcentral pipeline. Finally, you are expected to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in RNA science to ensure RNAcentral continues to provide our diverse users with valuable data and analysis.

You will be responsible for development of new features, such as the gene annotation pipeline and expression data integration. You will also be responsible for regular outreach to the scientific community through presentations at major conferences such as RNA Society and ISMB. Additionally, you will present at the RNAcentral consortium meetings and Scientific Advisory board meetings for regular feedback from community members.

You should be passionate about RNA science and want to help the scientific community. RNAcentral is a widely used resource and work here provides an opportunity to shape the work of many RNA researchers worldwide. 

You have

  • Masters level or equivalent qualification in computational, biological or related scientific discipline
  • Knowledge of RNA biology and willingness to stay up-to-date with RNA science
  • Knowledge of the Python programming language
  • Experience with relational databases (MySQL, Postgres) and SQL
  • Comfortable using Git/GitHub, Unix, and Bash
  • Strong communication skills
  • Demonstrated track record of developing bioinformatic pipelines
  • Ability to apply best practices software development methodologies
  • Familiarity with Docker or other containerization technologies 

You might also have

  • Experience with high-performance computing environments such as LSF
  • Experience with bioinformatic pipeline libraries such as nextflow
  • Peer reviewed papers in RNA biology
  • Experience with machine learning approaches
  • Experience with social media outreach
  • Experience with the rust programming language
  • Web development experience 

Why join us

Do something meaningful
At EMBL-EBI you can apply your talent and passion to accelerate science and tackle some of humankind's greatest challenges. EMBL-EBI, part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, is a worldwide leader in the storage, analysis and dissemination of large biological datasets. We provide the global research community with access to publicly available databases and tools which are crucial for the advancement of healthcare, food security, and biodiversity.

Join a culture of innovation
We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus, alongside other prominent research and biotech organisations, and surrounded by beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. This is a highly collaborative and inclusive community where our employees enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. We are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their professional potential. 

Enjoy lots of benefits:

  • Financial incentives: Monthly family, child and non-resident allowances, annual salary review, pension scheme including 17% employer contribution, death benefit, long-term care, accident-at-work and unemployment insurances
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover)
  • Generous time off: 30 days annual leave per year, in addition to eight bank holidays
  • Relocation package including installation grant (if applicable)
  • Campus life: Free shuttle bus to and from work, on-site library, subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria, casual dress code, extensive sports and social club activities (on campus and remotely)
  • Family benefits: On-site nursery, child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances
  • Benefits for non-UK residents: Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance.
  • For more details please see our employee benefits page.  

What else you need to know

  • Contract duration: This is a project based position on a 3 year contract
  • International applicants: We recruit internationally and successful candidates are offered visa exemptions. Read more on our page for international applicants
  • Diversity and inclusion: At EMBL-EBI, we strongly believe that inclusive and diverse teams benefit from higher levels of innovation and creative thought. We encourage applications from women, LGBTQ+ and individuals from all nationalities. 
  • Job location: This role is based in Hinxton, UK and you will be required to relocate once it is safe to do so, if you are currently based abroad. Read more about how we are recruiting during the pandemic
  • Your application: To apply please submit a cover letter and a CV through our online system. We aim to provide a response within two weeks after the closing date.
Location: Hinxton
Salary: Senior Technical Officer (gr. 6-8)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th September 2021
Closes: 15th October 2021
Job Ref: EBI01908
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