Careers at EMBL-EBI
EMBL-EBI offers an engaged and vibrant working environment in an attractive location, convenient to many other leading research centres. Situated on the beautiful, 55-acre Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, we are 12 miles (19 km) from Cambridge and about an hour north of London. EMBL offers competitive salaries and benefits, including help for those moving to a new country. Our employees benefit from scientific training and regular seminars delivered by leaders in the field. We also offer general training to help our staff build skills to support their personal development.
These career profiles give you an idea of what it's like to work in different parts of our organisation. To learn more, we welcome you at our Open Days. You can also learn about research throughout the Laboratory in our Research at a Glance brochure.
"I actually worked around or with the EBI for around 12 years before I took a post here. I used to work for HP, taking fault calls from customers; then I changed to become a field service engineer. I then worked for a reseller here on the campus alongside the technical sales people, focusing on installing the kit, building it, and handing it over to the customer once it was ready. I did that for many years for the EBI and the Sanger Institute before someone informed me of the job opportunity here and I applied for it."
"My role as scientific programmer involves developing and maintaining software systems to enable the integration of many different types of biological data so that it can be displayed on the Ensembl website. This includes writing code, communicating with collaborators, presenting work at conferences and conducting training workshops."
“My official title is Bioinformatics Trainer, but training is only a part of my responsibilities. I also help develop and test new bioinformatics tools, which gives me a chance to collaborate with bioinformatics leaders like William Pearson (FASTA) and Des Higgins (Clustal). In addition, I help run the EMBL-EBI helpdesk and am called upon to contribute content to our many websites.”
"As a curator for EMBL-Bank, I check and annotate nucleotide sequence data that people submit to us. I also help develop EMBL-Bank; in particular the software we use to curate and annotate these data submissions. EMBL-Bank is part of the European Nucleotide Archive, so we collaborate closely with the other members of the INSDC: GenBank and DDBJ. Standards are incredibly important for making sure everything works as it should, so I also take part in developing standards for nucleotide sequence annotation."
"My job as Ensembl Helpdesk & Outreach Officer involves answering questions from Ensembl users, liaising with other Ensembl teams to resolve technical issues and to work towards improving the Ensembl resource. I also prepare teaching materials, organise and teach at workshops worldwide and occasionally represent the EBI as part of the team manning the exhibition stand at conferences."