Assistant Biocuration Scientist (Scientific Data Curator 1)

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Assistant Biocuration Scientist (Scientific Data Curator 1)

Stanford University

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Job Code: 4181Job Grade: F
Stanford University Department of Genetics has an excellent opportunity available for an entry-level Assistant Biocuration Scientist (Scientific Data Curator 1). 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 collect and integrate scientific data from scientific articles concerning primarily yeast, and record these data regarding genes, alleles, and proteins in a systematic manner. This individual will also organize and oversee existing data in web-based databases, as well as review the submissions of new or revised data. These projects are essential for understanding how our genomes and genomes of related organisms affect biological processes and how diseases progress. Curated data are entered into SGD and made freely available to the public.
Assistant biocuration scientists maintain specifications and monitor day-to-day operations of curation and various error-checking processes. An understanding of basic molecular and cellular biology, genetics, and genomics is a must. Familiarity with high-throughput experimental methodologies, large genomic datasets, and their analysis in order to successfully describe these data is highly desirable, as is prior laboratory experience generating and analyzing genomic datasets. Familiarity with the use of controlled vocabularies and ontologies to describe biological concepts is a plus.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential in order to (1) interact effectively with coworkers and members of the scientific community, (2) facilitate the acquisition and description of scientific data, and (3) 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:

  • Produce documentation regarding effective use of the database.
  • Respond to user requests.
  • Review submissions to the database for quality and relevancy; abstract information in the required formats.
  • Maintain quality control and integrity of current and archived data.
  • Conduct independent research of literature and other available research to add content to the database.
  • Test new functionality with the software.
  • Assist with the preparation of reports and publications about the research progress.
  • Participate in presentations and demonstrations of the database at conferences or other institutions.
  • Collect and analyze information from peer-reviewed scientific journals and through direct submissions; abstract data into the required format, and verify them for accuracy.
* - Other duties may also be assigned.
  • Bachelor's degree in scientific field and one year of related experience, or combination of relevant experience.

  • Solid analytical skills.
  • 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.

  • Frequently perform desk based computer tasks, seated work and use light/ fine grasping. Occasionally stand, walk, and write by hand, lift, carry, push, and 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,


Location: School of Medicine, California, United States
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Posted: 12/13/2018
Application Due: 2/12/2019
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