Bioinformatician – EMBL-EBI Jobs UK

Bioinformatician – EMBL-EBI Jobs UK, EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK, Closing Date:8th May 2020 monthly salary starting at £2,631.99 or £2.944.48 after tax

Location:EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category:Supernumerary
Contract Duration:Until Dec 31 2020
Grading:5 or 6 depending on experience (monthly salary starting at £2,631.99 or £2.944.48 after tax)
Closing Date:8 May 2020
Reference Number:EBI01623
Bioinformatician - EMBL-EBI Jobs UK

The Archive Infrastructure team is looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated bioinformatician to join the BioSamples database team. This post offers the challenges and excitement of working at the forefront of genomics and clinical data science.

The ability for scientific researchers to find and retrieve genomic data of interest is critical in enabling new discoveries to improve human health, in particular in the context of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH,

GA4GH is an international, nonprofit alliance formed in 2013 to accelerate the potential of research and medicine to advance human health. Bringing together 500+ leading organizations working in healthcare, research, patient advocacy, life science, and information technology, the GA4GH community is working together to create frameworks and standards to enable the responsible, voluntary, and secure sharing of genomic and health-related data.

In this role, you’ll be playing a critical part in improving the discoverability and accessibility of data. The EMBL-EBI BioSamples database ( at EMBL-EBI connects information about biological samples to genomic data from all over the world, including datasets that contain valuable insights into human health.

It also provides a single location to apply standards and ontologies to sample data, a vital activity to ensure that data can be reused by researchers all over the world. It has grown from 14,000 samples in 2010 to over 12 million samples in 2020.  

Your role

As a GA4GH Bioinformatician for BioSamples you will increase findability and usefulness of the BioSamples metadata available to GA4GH members, and link to associated raw data from other EMBL-EBI archives such as the European Genome-phenome Archive ( You build on existing foundations to:

  • Improve the quality of the available metadata, using a combination of approaches that might include manual and automated curation, big data analysis and machine learning. Those will be fed back into our automated annotation system to promote their reuse by the community as a whole;
  • Design a metadata structure for additional datasets and studies and use this structure to Improve metadata exchange between BioSamples and the EGA;
  • Validate your results against metrics, use cases and gold standards.

You have

  • An undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science, with a masters degree in bioinformatics or computer science. Demonstrated equivalent experience will also be considered.
  • Some experience of software development in at least one programming language
  • A desire to engage with both the user community and project collaborators, which requires good communication skills and ability to work as part of a team of people with a range of skills and a diversity of backgrounds. 
  • Interest in integrating data to solve biological problems, specifically in genomics with a view towards human health

You might also have

  • Collaborative projects and/or eagerness to learn Agile software development
  • Data formats for expressing biological data and data management
  • Interest in semantic technologies such as ontologies and RDF

Why join us

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by over 27 member states and two associate member states. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 850 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world. 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. If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

What else you need to know

To view a copy of the full job description please click here

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 an interview. EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. The appointment will be based on merit alone. This position is limited to the duration specified. Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.

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