Scientific Programmer


2017-12-08 06:55:05

Job location London City, England, United Kingdom

Job type: fulltime

Job industry: Science & Technology

Job description

Scientific ProgrammerLocation:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK Staff Category:Staff Member
Contract Duration:3 years (or until 31.01.2021)
Grading:5 (monthly salary starting at £2,552 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click hereClosing Date:2nd January 2018
Reference Number:EBI_01094Job Description

EMBL-EBI is a world-leader in archiving and disseminating 3D biomacromolecular and cellular structure data. The Cellular Structure & 3D Bioimaging team plays a key role in the dissemination of 3D electron microscopy (EM) data through the EMDB ( and EMPIAR ( public archives. We develop and provide advanced tools and web-resources for searching, analyzing and visualizing structural data for the benefit of structural biologists and the wider scientific community. The team consists of an international and inter-disciplinary mix of professionals (scientists and IT specialists) and we are looking to augment the team with a developer to work on an exciting Welcome Trust funded project to develop validation tools for cryo-electron microscopy. This is a joint project with the research groups of Garib Murshudov (MRC-LMB), Elena Orlova (Birkbeck Univeristy of London), Alan Roseman (University of Manchester), Peter Rosenthal (Francis Crick), Maya Topf (Birkbeck University of London), and Martyn Winn (STFC).

The post holder will:

  • Expand and improve the repertoire of stand-alone validation servers for the EM community offered by EMBL-EBI, such as the Fourier Shell Correlation server ( and the Tilt Pair Validation server (
  • Expand the visual analysis web service (e.g., that provides validation information on EMDB entries with the components to be developed by project partners
  • Develop reporting formats for depositing validation information, e.g., from local resolution methods such as ResMap.

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. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

Qualifications and Experience

Applicants should have a Masters/PhD degree in a structural biology related field (e.g., 3DEM, X-ray crystallography, and NMR) and at least one years experience in software development (preferably related to a structural biology project). Applicants should have a good understanding of the image formation and image processing concepts in at least one structural field and be prepared to learn relevant concepts for the project.

Excellent written and oral communication skills, fluency in English, ability to work in a team, and attention to detail are required. The position may require occasional travel, mainly in the UK.


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, cafés 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 project duration specified.

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

It is envisaged that interviews will take place in the week commencing 15.01.2018.

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