Assistant Data Editor

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Work city:

Heidelberg, Germany



Type of contract:

3 years

Job description

EMBO stands for excellence in the life sciences. We enable the best science by supporting talented researchers, stimulating scientific exchange and advancing policies for a world-class European research environment.

EMBO is looking for an Assistant Data Editor to join the EMBO Press and SourceData teams to support data quality assurance and data curation at The EMBO Journal, EMBO reports, Molecular Systems Biology and EMBO Molecular Medicine. This exciting new role will be key to ensure the quality, integrity and utility of the data published in the four EMBO Press publications.

EMBO Press plays a leading role in scientific publishing by providing a forum for important research results and by implementing policies and processes that improve the transparency and reproducibility of published research.

sourcedata.embo.orgSourceData is as an open platform built by EMBO to make research data and papers discoverable based on the experiments shown in published figures.

Job tasks

Key tasks of the Assistant Data Editor include the following:

  • Verify that data, tables and figures included in manuscripts follow the EMBO Press guidelines on data presentation, statistical analysis and data integrity;
  • Detect possible instances of inappropriate data and image processing in figures and draft short internal reports for the editorial team;
  • Check that datasets are deposited in appropriate databases and accession numbers and links are functional and public at the time of publication;
  • Manage the SourceData workflow for the curation of figures by sending manuscripts to data curators, carrying out quality checks of the curation services, and liaising with authors and editors for approval of the curated information.

This position will occasionally require duty travel and working outside of the normal working hours, in the evenings and/or during the weekend.

Profile requirements

The ideal candidate for this challenging role has a PhD in molecular cell biology or in computational and systems biology with a broad general knowledge in life sciences. For this position, candidates must demonstrate an exceptional attention to detail, an outstanding sense of scientific rigor and the ability to quickly spot visual and textual mistakes or inconsistencies. Knowledge in data management, quantitative sciences or statistics and prior experience in publishing would be an advantage.

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Additional Information

EMBO 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.

The Assistant Data Editor reports to the Deputy Head of Scientific Publications.