Semantic Web Developer

  • EMBL
  • United Kingdom
  • Sep 29, 2020
Technology Full Time - Fixed Term

Job Description:

This is an opportunity to work on the cutting edge of data-driven semantics.

New techniques allow profiling of gene expression, morphology, connectivity and function across massive numbers of cells, allowing us to understand the nature of brain cell types in unprecedented detail.  We are working with the Allen Brain Institute in Seattle, which is at the forefront of this work, to develop a system for sharing their data-driven classifications of brain cells in a broadly accessible form.  This system will include links back to the original data and to systems that other scientists can use to classify cell types from their own data.

Our team at the EBI are experts in using semantics to index and integrate a wide variety of biological data-types, working with projects as diverse as the Human Cell Atlas, the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium and the Virtual Fly Brain. We are also leading providers of semantic services both within the EBI and to researchers around the world.

You will be responsible for building a knowledge-graph and API for encoding and sharing data-driven cell-type definitions and classifications.  The knowledge graph and API will be built on an existing system that integrates OWL and Neo4j.

You will work collaboratively with other members our consortium in the US and UK, along with experts at the Allen Brain Institute to:  


EMBL-EBI is a worldwide leader in bioinformatics. 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 encourage personal and professional development and are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their potential at work.

Surrounded by picturesque 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 the project duration estimated until 03/09/2022. This 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.