HGNC Gene Nomeclature Advisor

Competitive Salary
04 Aug 2017
15 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
HGNC Gene Nomeclature AdvisorLocation:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK Staff Category:Staff Member
Contract Duration:until 31.01.2020
Grading:6 (monthly salary starting at GBP2,856 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here
Closing Date:15 August 2017
Reference Number:EBI_01013
Job Description

We are seeking a highly experienced, motivated and capable Scientific Curator to join the HGNC (HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee) at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI, ) located at the prestigious Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Hinxton, Cambridgeshire in the UK. EMBL-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and is a leading provider of cutting-edge research, service and training in the field of Bioinformatics.

The HGNC is the only worldwide authority assigning standardised human gene symbols and names, and has three key goals:

  • providing unique standardised nomenclature for every human gene;
  • ensuring this information is freely available, widely disseminated and universally used; and
  • ensuring this nomenclature is expanded and utilised across vertebrate genomes.
We are looking to recruit a new Nomenclature Advisor. Your main tasks will be:
  • bioinformatic analysis of nucleotide and protein sequences
  • curation of online resources, in particular the HGNC database, and
  • constant communication with researchers, other nomenclature groups, journals and databases.

This role will be funded through our collaboration with the Transforming Genetic Medicine Initiative, and will require occasional travel to the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton, Surrey. For further information please go to , and

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 23 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. Our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

Qualifications and Experience

You will have an excellent proven track record in biocuration, database and webpage editing, and be educated to PhD level (or equivalent) in a biological science, preferably with a strong background in genetics, phylogenetics, biochemistry or molecular biology.

You will also enjoy working in a team environment, ideally with extensive experience of collaborating with external groups, and will possess excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills. A strong command of the English language is essential. This role will involve national and international travel.


EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation.

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, caf??s and restaurant and a library.

Application Instructions

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

Additional Information

Applications are welcome from all nationalities - visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

This position is limited to the grant duration specified.

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

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