Echinobase Biocurator Position

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Posted 6/24/2022

Echinobase is seeking a Biocurator to work within the laboratory of Dr. Charles Ettensohn in the Department of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. Echinobase is an online platform that maintains information on the organization, function and evolution of echinoderm genes and genomes.  The mission of Echinobase is to serve as a central database for an international community of researchers interested in understanding echinoderm biology from a genomic perspective.   Two active research labs in the department use echinoderms as model systems.  This provides an excellent opportunity to interface first-hand with members of the community.  As an NIH-funded community resource, Echinobase provides a supportive environment with many training opportunities available.
Core responsibilities include:

  • Curate existing and new literature on echinoderm biology and highlight this literature on Echinobase.
  • Evaluate primary literature for data on spatiotemporal gene expression patterns in echinoderms.
  • Annotate gene expression patterns using standardized anatomical and genetic vocabularies
  • Integrate published information on echinoderm genes into the existing database.
  • Interface with existing Echinobase database structure and software.
  • Communicate with journals and publishers for copyright permissions.
  • Generate and contribute content to Echinobase, including FAQ pages, tutorials and publications.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in life sciences is required, although a M.S. or Ph.D. is preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with literature databases such as Pubmed and Google Scholar.
  • Ability to read and analyze scientific literature, including methodological details and data interpretation.
  • Ability to self-motivate, solve problems, and prioritize work.
  • Computer skills, including word processing and spreadsheet applications.

To Apply:
Candidates should send a resume and brief cover letter to Dr. Charles Ettensohn ([email protected]).

Last Updated 06/24/2022