Scientific Database Curator

EBI - European Bioinformatics Institute

Scientific Database Curator

EMBL-EBI - European Bioinformatics Institute

Hinxton, United Kingdom

Organisation data: Cellular Structure & 3DB
Job Number: EBI02248
Contract Type: Staff Member
Advertised Grade-Grading: Grade 5 (monthly salary from £3,090.08 after tax) plus benefits
Contract Duration-Length of Time (years/months): 3 years
Closing date: 7 July 2024

About the team/job

EMBL-EBI is a world-leader in archiving and disseminating 3D biomacromolecular and cellular structure data. The EMDB and EMPIAR teams play a key role in the dissemination of 3DEM data through the open-access public archiving. The EMDB and EMPIAR are situated at EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK alongside many other scientific services including the BioImage Archive, PDBe, PDB-KB and UniProt. The EMDB is a member of the Worldwide Protein Data Bank organisation (wwPDB), which closely aligns the EMDB with other wwPDB partners PDBe, RCSB PDB, PDBj and BMRB, who coordinate a worldwide effort in structural biology archiving of 3DEM volumes and associated macromolecular models. EMPIAR is the central archive for raw 3DEM data including from single particle analysis, tomography and volume EM.

The EMDB and EMPIAR develop and provide advanced tools and web-resources for searching, analysing and visualising structural data for the benefit of structural biologists, the wider scientific and M.L. communities. The teams consist of a diverse mix of international and inter-disciplinary professionals including domain experts, software developers, IT specialists and project coordinators.

Your role

High-quality curation of new depositions to the EMDB and EMPIAR archives is essential for these services to remain the authoritative global sources of biomacromolecular structure information. You will apply your domain expertise in cryogenic sample electron microscopy (cryoEM) and cryogenic sample electron tomography (cryoET) to curate depositions to the EMDB and EMPIAR. You will have the opportunity to also work on the curation of volume EM data. In the curation of EMDB entries you will also work closely with the neighbouring PDBe biocurator team.

As Scientific Database Curator, you will have an important role to play in the evaluation of best practices identified in incoming data and information structures, to feed this understanding back into the archiving process. The work will then also involve analyses and future development of EMDB/EMPIAR technologies, services and their integration with other bioinformatics resources. Database curators also participate in developing training material, delivery of workshops and in community activities. You will therefore help with user-experience (UX) testing, outreach and training.

We are looking for individuals with a PhD degree in a structural biology related and at least two years' experience in cryoEM/cryoET or a related discipline. Previous experience of structural deposition, bio-curation, UX testing, scripting/development, outreach and training would be beneficial, as would the demonstrated ability to take initiative, learn quickly and adapt to new challenges.

The position may require occasional travel.

You have

  • PhD degree in a structural biology related field (e.g., 3DEM, X-ray crystallography, NMR and 3DEM);
  • Hands-on experience in the determination of protein structure;
  • Demonstrable working knowledge of macromolecular structure, and ideally a broad knowledge in molecular biology or biochemistry;
  • Ability to work both independently and in close collaboration with multiple teams;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in the English language;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent Attention to detail.

You might also have

  • Post-doctoral research experience in structural biology;
  • Experience with coordinated outreach activities that feedback to organisational change;
  • Experience with computer scripting or Python programming would be an advantage;
  • Experience of social media outreach.

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, 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 required);
  • 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, 10 days of 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 position is a 3 year fixed-term contract, renewable up to 9 years years. The successful candidate is expected to start in September 2024;
  • 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, near Cambridge, UK. You will be required to relocate if you are based overseas and you will receive a generous relocation package to support you;
  • How to apply: 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 - 7th July 2024;
  • Interviews: to be held virtually via Zoom on 26th & 29th July. Details will be confirmed with selected candidates.

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