ZFIN is currently hiring for Scientific curator

Scientific Curator

Scientific Curator

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 Information Network, 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 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, http://alliancegenome.org

  • Attend and present posters and talks at scientific meetings. 

  • Contribute to production of ZFIN publications and grants. 



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 

Strong attention to detail 

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.) 

Experience with bioinformatics tools (eg. 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 

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

 To apply: 

Please apply for this position on the University of Oregon Careers site.   Applications must be either in PDF or a MS Word readable format; other formats will be ignored.    

The University of Oregon is an AA/EO/ADA institution committed to cultural diversity. We invite applications from candidates who share our commitment to diversity.



 The University of Oregon is committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution and seeks candidates with demonstrated potential to contribute positively to its diverse community.  An equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act