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Topic: Scientific Data Curator - Kaddis Lab, City of Hope

1.  Scientific Data Curator - Kaddis Lab, City of Hope

Posted 20 days ago

Department: Diabetes & Cancer Disc Sci BRI

Requisition ID: 10115
Schedule Type: Full-Time
Shift: Days
Location: Beckman Research Inst – Duarte (Duarte, CA)


Requisition ID: 10115

Job Title: Scientific Data Curator - Kaddis Lab

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 4,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research.  City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary and Key Responsibilities:


The Scientific Data Curator will work directly with diabetes scientists around the world, and related databases, to gather and obtain the required information needed to register and annotate scientific resources in project registry systems.  The applicant will be part of a multi-disciplinary team responsible for developing, managing, checking, and sharing the metadata needed to describe a scientific resource, such as biomedical datasets, biological reagents, documents (e.g. protocols), and/or technologies (e.g. assays).  The candidate will develop content using literature curation methodologies, biological ontologies, controlled vocabularies and databases, but often requires direct interaction with and feedback from submitting laboratories, i.e. scientists. Metadata completeness and correctness is of primary importance; the applicant will organize and oversee existing registry data, as well as perform reviews of new or modified metadata submissions.   Curated registry data are made freely available to the public and scientific communities.  The applicant is expected to work collaboratively with laboratory scientists, bioinformaticians, software developers/engineers, and others focused on the prevention and cure of type 1 diabetes.  The ability to share and learn from one another is a key feature of the team.

Key Duties

  • Identify scientific resources of interest, described in the literature or reported/shared by submitting laboratories
  • Understand and critically evaluate scientific publications,for collection of key metadata parameters
  • Participate in the development, testing, training, and modification of registry user interfaces
  • Utilize ontological or controlled vocabulary terms for standardization of metadata
  • Create and document system of annotation and reporting of curation errors to ensure data integrity
  • Interact with biocurators from other biomedical resources
  • Forecast curation needs and services
  • Respond to user questions and queries
  • Interface with users and laboratories to manage and assist with data collection and cleaning
  • Communicate clearly and work well with others in a multi-disciplinary team with both local and remote team members to improve scientific data quality

Follows established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, including adherence to the workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Plan.  Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Minimum Education and Skills Required for Consideration:

  • Bachelor's degree (Masters or PhD preferred) in a scientific field of study.Examples include Biological Sciences, Bioinformatics, Library and Information Science, Information Systems, or Computer Science.
  • Experience with the application of biological/biomedical ontologies (e.g. DO, OBI, EFO, CLO, CO, ), taxonomies, and controlled vocabularies for scientific content curation
  • Familiarity with Linux
  • Willingness to learn new database technologies
  • Customer service oriented with patience, attention to detail, and ability to communicate clearly

Ideal Experience (not required)

  • Degree(s) or specialization in Biocuration or Data Curation
  • Awareness and/or working experience with the following:
    • semantic web standards (RDF, RDFS, OWL, SPARQL)
    • serialization formats (JSON, JSON-LD, XML)
    • scripting and text file manipulation
  • Computational and/or statistical skills with experience in one or more of the following programming languages: R, SAS, SCALA, Perl, Python, SQL, Java, Javascript, C/C++,
  • Understanding of data analysis pipelines, e.g. next generation sequencing experiments
  • Domain expertise in diabetes
  • 3+ years of experience in science and data quality assessment

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

To see original posting and to apply:

Kathlin Smith
Director of Communications
Council on Library and Information Resources
Washington DC
(202) 939-4754