Human Trait Curator

  • EMBL
  • United Kingdom
  • Sep 24, 2020
Technology Full Time - Fixed Term

Job Description:

The post holder will work with data content specialists from the GWAS Catalog and ontologist to improve the way that human traits, for example, those representing complex diseases, are represented and annotated. The team delivers resources such as the Experimental Factor Ontology and several ontology tools widely used by the community, for example Ontology Lookup Service, and the Ontology Cross Reference Service OxO and the post holder will collaborate within the teams that deliver these resources.

This post is funded by the UPheno project which  standardises and integrates phenotype terminologies (ontologies) across multiple species through the application of standard design patterns  and a common automated ontology build system. We will extend existing ontology design patterns and use them to formally define trait terms used in GWAS annotation.  This will have potential applications in identification of drug targets, variant prioritization in the clinic and hypothesis generation in medical research.  

The postholder will:  



Our supportive culture encourages personal and professional development and we are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their potential at work. Surrounded by beautiful South Cambridgeshire countryside, our Campus provides employees with a relaxed atmosphere where the pursuit of scientific discovery and meaningful work, underpin every role. In addition, our employees have access to a wide range of benefits including:  

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

This position is limited to 6 months duration in the first instance, extendable to a maximum of 1 year. The role is based in Hinxton, UK. More info on how we are recruiting in this period is available on our page: Recruitment and Onboarding during Covid19.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.

Appointment will be based on merit alone.