Research Associate – Parkinson’s Biocurator

Centre for Cardiovascular Genetics

Full Time: The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be starting salary £32,375 per annum – pro rata for part time, inclusive of London Allowance. 

We are seeking a full-time or part-time Biocurator for the Parkinson’s Gene Ontology Annotation Project.

Risk of Parkinson’s disease often runs in families, suggesting a genetic influence. The risk of Parkinson’s disease in may in some cases be due to single gene defects or due to many genes which together increase risk of disease. The Parkinson’s Gene Ontology Annotation Project is funded by Parkinson’s UK and provides Gene Ontology (GO) annotations for gene products involved in neurological or immunological processes relevant to Parkinson’s disease. These annotations can help improve our understanding of the functional networks that exist between genes associated with the risk of Parkinson’s disease.

The successful candidate will work with the project manager and another Biocurator to provide freely available data for the Parkinson’s research community. As a Biocurator you will be involved in literature curation using bioinformatics tools, and through direct discussions with the scientific community, to assign annotations to gene products. The annotations created will be submitted to the UniProt, and GO_Consortium databases.

This full-time position is funded for 24 months in the first instance, however, working on a part time basis can be considered for a minimum of 23.7 hours per week. If the appointment is made on a part-time basis, the funding period will be extended accordingly to the FTE.

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We are looking to recruit a biologist holding a PhD with an experimentally-based research theme, preferably in any of a range of Parkinson’s relevant areas, such as neurobiology, developmental biology, cell and/or molecular biology, immunology. Your understanding of experimental approaches and underlying biological processes will support your interpretation of research papers describing the prioritized Parkinson’s relevant genes.

Training will be provided in the annotation of published experimental data and therefore previous curation experience, although useful, is not essential, however you are expected to have excellent relevant computer skills.

The Project is based at the Rayne Institute, University College London. Interviews are expected to take place mid January 2014.

UCL vacancy reference : 1385169

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

Closing Date: 2/1/2014

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