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Genetic data curator

FlyBase, University of Cambridge UK

FlyBase ( seeks a full-time biocurator to join the existing group at the University of Cambridge, UK ( If you are looking for a fulfilling, fly-related career away from the bench, and enjoy the challenge of organizing complex data and presenting it clearly and concisely, then this is the job for you!

The primary responsibility of the FlyBase-Cambridge site is to identify genetic data from scientific articles concerning Drosophila and to record these data in a systematic manner. The data we capture include all genetic objects (genes, alleles, transgenic constructs, etc.) plus associated information such as phenotypes, genetic interactions, gene product functions and models of human disease. Curated data are subsequently integrated into the FlyBase database and made freely available via our website.

Established staff also: research strategies to improve data curation; work with other FlyBase sites to improve data display/querying on the website; interact with our user community by answering HelpMail and giving presentations/workshops at research conferences; have the opportunity to develop programming skills; contribute to FlyBase publications.

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Genome Database Curator

FlyBase, Harvard University

FlyBase seeks a full-time scientific curator/annotator to join our team at the Gelbart Lab in the Department for Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard. Curational responsibilities at the Harvard site include the scanning and abstracting of scientific literature on the molecular biology of Drosophila, annotation and analysis of Drosophila genome(s), coordination of the inclusion of high-throughput molecular data sets into FlyBase, and design of improved interfaces for providing molecular data to users. Curators work as a part of a team, interacting with biologists at other FlyBase sites, and coordinating with software engineers to develop and improve software. Curators also interface with the scientific community, assisting users on line and at research conference workshops. FlyBase is constantly evolving, seeking both to improve and to expand its role within the Drosophila and wider scientific communities. This position is grant-funded.

Basic Qualifications: Ph.D. in molecular biology or genetics. Minimum three years experience with molecular genetics and Drosophila biology.

Additional Qualifications: Extensive Drosophilia research experience. Excellent communication skills in the English language, both written and oral. Enthusiasm, expertise and ideas concerning emerging directions in Drosophila biology and genomic/proteomic analysis. Familiarity with managing databases or spreadsheets and standardized formats (for example, GFF3, FASTA).

To Apply: Apply for this position at ASPIRE, the Harvard Recruitment Management System:

In addition, please contact William Gelbart (gelbart<at>, and include a CV, a description of research experience and names of three references. Please cc your communication to senior curator Lynn Crosby (crosby<at> and to the project administrative assistant, Carol Sutherland (casuther<at>

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