Biocuration Scientist

Oct 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Biocuration Scientist

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Stanford University Department of Genetics has an excellent opportunity available for a motivated Biocuration Scientist. This individual will work with projects funded to coordinate and integrate data from model organism research as part of the Saccharomyces Genome Database project (SGD, funded by the National Institutes of Health. This individual will be an essential project member who will identify genetic data from scientific articles concerning primarily yeast, and record these data regarding genes, alleles, and proteins in a systematic manner. Other data to be captured include phenotypes, gene product functions, and models of human disease. Curated data are entered into SGD and made freely available to the public.
The successful candidate will have thorough biological knowledge, including familiarity with high-throughput experimental methodologies, large genomic datasets, and their analysis in order to successfully describe these data. Prior laboratory experience generating and analyzing genomic datasets is desired. Familiarity with the use of controlled vocabularies and ontologies to describe biological concepts is a plus. An advanced education in a biological field is required to facilitate the assessment of experimental details, results, and data. This individual will be also responsible for working with other curation and software engineering staff in the specification, design, and implementation of tools that integrate, search, and display these data.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential in order to (1) interact effectively with members of the scientific community, (2) facilitate the acquisition and description of scientific data, (3) effectively provide documentation and specifications to coworkers during tool development, and (4) contribute to publications and tutorials.
The successful candidate must be able to learn and work independently, yet collaborate well with coworkers. Previous experience working in an academic environment is a plus. The work will take place in a dynamic environment where specifications often change rapidly in response to various demands, so the candidate must remain flexible and adaptable. The successful candidate will work at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
Duties include:
  • Collect and analyze information from peer-reviewed scientific journals and through direct submissions; abstract data into the required format, and verify them for accuracy.
  • Review submissions to the database for quality and relevancy; abstract information in the required formats.
  • Compile and create educated summaries of the literature, discovering new facts by analyzing the collected data.
  • Participate in presentations and demonstrations of the database at conferences or other institutions.
* - Other duties may also be assigned DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Prior laboratory experience generating and analyzing genomic datasets is desired.
  • Familiarity with the use of controlled vocabularies and ontologies to describe biological concepts is a plus.
  • Previous experience working in an academic environment is a plus.

Master's degree in scientific field and three years of relevant experience or combination of relevant experience.

  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to learn and utilize relational databases, data integration, and statistics.
  • Strong written and oral English communication skills.
  • Computer skills, including word processing and spreadsheet applications.
  • Ability to understand scientific literature, experimental procedures and their limitations, and current needs of the research community.

  • Technical expertise in genetics, molecular biology, and/or bioinformatics.
  • Experience with laboratory methods in genomics.
  • Familiarity with modern high-throughput genomics and proteomics experiments and their data types.
  • Familiarity with controlled vocabularies and ontologies.
  • Experience with computer programming (scripting).
  • Experience with data quality assessment.

Frequently perform desk based computer tasks, seated work and use light/ fine grasping. Occasionally stand, walk, and write by hand, lift, carry, push pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • May work extended or non-standard hours based on project or business needs. Occasional local travel may be required.
  • Some work may be performed in a laboratory setting.

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

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Location: School of Medicine
Schedule: Full-time
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