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Research Information Analyst /Data Scientist

10 November 2017

Job Description
We are seeking to recruit a research information analyst (data scientist) for Europe PMC, joining the Literature Services Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

Europe PMC is the database of life sciences abstracts and full text articles that incorporates both PubMed and PMC content. Europe PMC is free to use, is updated daily (currently holding over 30 million abstracts and 4.2 million full text articles), and is supported by 27 funders of life sciences research. In addition to providing powerful search and retrieval mechanisms for the content, we also collaborate to integrate content with ORCIDs, citation networks, supporting data, funding information and other resources that provide relevant information for our users. Finally, we engage with the text mining community to improve literature integration with data and our search and browse systems.

We are seeking a research information analyst or data scientist to help us ensure data quality across all of our services, and though analysis of those data, recognise trends in scientific publishing, emerging standards and user behaviour patterns. We need to ensure that we are responsive to innovations in publishing, both scientific and technical, wish to extend our collaboration network, and improve services for our users. We are therefore looking for a versatile analyst to elicit stories from the data in Europe PMC and translate these insights into potential actions. As well as having the technical skills to manipulate large datasets, you will need to have a curiosity-driven mode of operation and a desire to share the insights discovered with both the technical team, in order to improve the user experience, and colleagues more broadly in the field, in order to extend collaborative activities.

Specific job responsibilities include:

  • Make recommendations on data quality improvements to the technical team
  • Provide analytics on incoming content regarding the uptake and implementation of new publishing trends and standards e.g. data citation
  • Analysis on article content, combined with additional data such as ORCIDs, supporting datasets and so on.
  • With our user research team, provide analytics and insights on user behaviour on the website
  • Outreach to aligned projects and resources in the scholarly communications ecosystem
  • Represent Europe PMC at workshops and meetings, as appropriate

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 23 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. Our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

Qualifications and Experience
The successful candidate should demonstrate some or most of the following:
  • PhD or MSc/MA in information science, library science, computer science, text analytics, bioinformatics or similar experience from previous employment
  • Professional experience in scientific publishing, open science data management, library sciences, bibliometrics, or digital humanities
  • Technical ability e.g. Perl, R, python, advanced Excel, XML/XSLT manipulations;
  • Domain knowledge of the publishing industry and related cutting edge developments
  • Curiosity-driven approach to analysis
  • Ability to present results clearly, both verbally and in writing
  • Team player

Benefits
EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation. 

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else. 

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

Application Instructions
To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.