Would you like to contribute to building a high-quality, comprehensive reference map of all human cells by working with scientists at the forefront of single-cell technologies to make data and protocols openly and freely available?x If so, this exciting role working on the Human Cell Atlas project as part of the Wellcome Trust Strategic Science Award could be the next step in your career! (

We are looking for a highly motivated bioinformatician to join our team; providing front-line support and building tools for the Data Coordination Platform (DCP) for the Human Cell Atlas initiative (HCA You will work at EMBL-EBI located on the Wellcome Genome Campus, near Cambridge, in the UK.

We are part of a team who are building the software platform which allows scientists to share, organise and analyse cellular resolution data that the Human Cell Atlas community can use to build reference maps of human cells. In this role, you will support data contributors submitting data to this platform and work with our collaborators from the Broad Institute and the University of California, Santa Cruz and the funders the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to ensure we meet the needs of the community.

Your role
You will be working in the HCA DCP ingest team supporting submission of data to the DCP. Your role will include the following tasks:

Building an understanding of the single cell expression domain and the key needs of our users.
Working closely with geneticists and biological scientists to understand their needs and support their data submission.
Collaborating with biologists and other external collaborators to define and extend the minimum standards for the various HCA data types.
Supporting the data flow into the HCA and EMBL-EBI archives from project contributors.
Running training courses on how to submit data to the HCA project.
Working with the HCA DCP software developers to report bugs and translate user requirements.
Working within an agile framework for task management.

You have
You need this experience for this role:

An MSc, PhD, or equivalent experience in Bioinformatics, Genetics, Computer Science, or related fields.
Evidence of your ability to operate, understand and maintain complex data flows and pipelines.
A high proficiency in working collaboratively and interacting with users to understand their needs.
Experience managing high throughput “omics” data.
Experience sharing such data with other scientists, ideally through online repositories.
Experience with JSON schema would be considered an advantage.
Be able to work to tight deadlines
Be able to read and interpret scientific literature and technical documents

Are you a bioinformatician with an interest in systematic approaches to pursue biological challenges? Are you passionate about understanding and solving complex biological problems? Are you self-motivated and capable of working within a close team? If the answer to these questions is yes, this could be an ideal role for you, allowing you to work with the Wellcome Trust Human Cell Atlas Award supporting the community to contribute to the Human Cell Atlas.

Application Instructions: 

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system.

Application Closing Date: 
26 April