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Scientific Curator -- ZFIN

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Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Biology/Life Sciences, Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Institute of Neuroscience
Rank: Research Associate
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins
July 20, 2021; position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Complete applications will include a CV and cover letter.

Department Summary
ZFIN, the Zebrafish Information Network, located at the University of Oregon (UO) in Eugene, is seeking a scientific curator to join our dynamic, interactive team of biologists and computer scientists. ZFIN supports the international zebrafish research community by curating zebrafish genetic, genomic, gene expression, phenotype, disease model and gene function data and providing access to this data via web interfaces, APIs and data downloads.

Zebrafish are one of several model organisms studied extensively by scientists around the world to understand fundamental biology. ZFIN has recently joined forces with 5 other model organism databases to form the Alliance of Genome Resources, a large consortium of scientists and developers spread across more than ten institutions in Europe and North America. The Alliance of Genome Resources ( is designed to facilitate the use of model organisms in research and aims to provide a unified platform to access harmonized model organism data to further the understanding of the genetic and genomic basis of human biology, health and disease.

Working as a ZFIN scientific curator, as well as contributing to integration and harmonization of zebrafish data at the Alliance of Genome resources, you will have an excellent opportunity to contribute to the scientific knowledge base of the international zebrafish research community.

Position Summary
ZFIN, the Zebrafish Information Network, seeks a scientific curator to join our dynamic, interactive team of biologists and computer scientists at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.

Scientific curation is the process of translating scientific knowledge from research articles into databases where disparate pieces of scientific data are integrated to generate scientific knowledgebases that help propel research forward 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 mutants, gene expression, phenotype, human disease model, 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
• Actively contribute to integration of zebrafish research data at the Alliance of Genome Resources,
• Attend and present posters and talks at scientific meetings
• Contribute to production of ZFIN publications and grants

This is a funding contingent career faculty appointment that will be filled at the Research Assistant or Associate level based on qualifications and experience.

For more information about ZFIN and this position, please visit:

Minimum Requirements
• Ph.D. degree in life sciences; OR
• M.Sc. degree with three years of independent research experience

Professional Competencies
• Significant research expertise in developmental genetics
• Ability to work at a computer the majority of the time
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Strong attention to detail
• Proven ability to handle multiple complex tasks simultaneously with minimal oversight
• Proven ability to work effectively independently as well as on cross-functional teams
• Strong analytical, problem solving, and trouble-shooting skills
• Ability to be flexible with quickly changing business needs and new technologies
• Ability to meet deadlines and take responsibility for delivering timely software and data releases

Preferred Qualifications
• Ph.D. in life sciences
• Experience with major biological databases (NCBI, model organism databases, Ensembl, UniProt, etc.)
• Experience with bioinformatics tools (e.g., BLAST)
• Familiarity with ontologies such as anatomy ontologies, gene ontology, etc.
• Basic skills in a scripting language such as Perl or Python
• Relocation to Eugene is preferred, but not required

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

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