Journal Content Specialist - Data Wrangler

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Created: December 4, 2014


Location:EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 6
Closing Date: 11 January 2015, at midnight Central European Time
Reference Number: EBI_00460

Job Description

We are looking to recruit a content specialist - or data wrangler - to join the Literature Services Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

The Literature Services Team leads the development and maintenance of Europe PMC, an open access repository of over 3 million full text biomedical research articles, supplemented with around 30 million abstracts. We enrich this content with citation counts, links to databases, links to publishers and institutional repositories, ORCIDs, and text mining. The development of Europe PMC is led by EMBL-EBI, partnered with the British Library, and the University of Manchester. It is funded by 26 funders of biological and biomedical research in Europe, led by the Wellcome Trust.

We have an opportunity for an experienced content specialist - or data wrangler - to join our team. You will be responsible for managing the formats and quality of data from a variety of sources, such as PubMed, PMC, CrossRef, ORCID, scientists, publishers, life science databases and other content providers. This will require a combination of technical know-how, collaboration with content providers both within and outside EMBL-EBI, and an interest in research communications and e-Scholarship in general. We are passionate about building an open literature integrated with open data, hence we need a person with a combination of some technical skills and domain knowledge. Attention to detail, coupled with a pragmatic approach to the management to large quantities of data will be essential. The position offers a unique opportunity to work on a high-profile public resource in an exciting and growing area in the public domain, and embedded in the life sciences community.


• Content development and management
• Manage a variety of content input/output streams from e.g. PubMed, PMC full text, CrossRef, ORCID, life science databases
• Assist content providers with content formatting and uploading
• Provide authoritative advice on content/data to software developers in the team
• Troubleshoot and help resolve data processing pipelines and content display issues
• Contribute expertise and ideas to development plans
• Contribute content to the Europe PMC website, as appropriate.

EMBL-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). We are a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation. We provide a dynamic, international working environment and have close ties with both the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. EMBL-EBI staff enjoy many benefits including excellent sports facilities, a free shuttle bus to Cambridge and other nearby centres, an active sports and social club and an attractive working environment set in 55 acres of parkland.

Qualifications and Experience
• Knowledge of information of XML mark-up standards such as JATS 
• Experience with some or all of the following: XML, XSLT, DTDs, XML parsing, HTML, scripting, OAI-PMH, MARC, and related technologies
• Broad familiarity with authoring, editorial and publishing software and resources such as Microsoft Office, Endnote, manuscript submission platforms
• Broad familiarity with current trends and developments in the area of research communications
• This position may in particular suit someone with a background in journal publishing, database curation, or information science, or applicants with a scientific background wishing to change direction, yet remain close to science
• Team player, good communicator, welcomes working in an international environment.

Application Instructions
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Additional Information
EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review. 


Published: Thursday, December 4, 2014 18:18 UTC

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