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Institute of Neuroscience

Posting: 13032
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2013-09-29

Job Title: Scientific Curator
Employer: University of Oregon, Institute of Neuroscience
Location: Eugene, OR 97403-1254
Job Type: Full Time

Job Description

ZFIN, the zebrafish model organism database, seeks a scientific curator to join our dynamic, interactive team of biologists and computer scientists at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR.

Scientific curation is the process of digitizing and integrating disparate pieces of scientific data to facilitate modern research objectives and is an attractive career path for creative scientists looking to take their career in a digital direction.  As a ZFIN scientific curator you will:

  • Read the latest zebrafish literature and add published data, including gene expression, phenotype, and gene ontology data to the ZFIN database.
  • Work with research laboratories to incorporate direct data submissions into ZFIN.
  • Integrate data from external resources, such as the whole genome sequence, with curated data available in ZFIN.
  • Collaborate with computer scientists to facilitate cross-species comparisons and strengthen the link between zebrafish research data and the understanding of human disease.
  • Work with computer scientists developing ZFIN web pages to increase access to scientific data.
  • Attend and present posters and talks at scientific meetings.
  • Contribute to production of ZFIN publications.


  • Ph.D. degree in life sciences or M.Sc. degree with 3 years of independent research experience
  • Significant research experience in developmental genetics
  • Ability to work at a computer the majority of the time
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to handle multiple complex tasks simultaneously
  • Proven ability to work effectively independently as well as on cross-functional teams


  • Ph.D. in life sciences
  • Experience with major biological databases (NCBI, model organism databases, Ensembl, UniProt, etc.)
  • Familiarity with ontologies such as anatomy ontologies, gene ontology, etc.
  • Basic skills in a scripting language such as perl or python

For more information about ZFIN and this position, please visit:  http://zfin.org

To apply:

Send a single PDF including a cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references to:

Jon Knight
Zebrafish Model Organism Database
5291 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

Or email the PDF to:  jobs@zfin.org

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by 4/19/2013.  The position will remain open until filled.

You will be notified before references are contacted.

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