Directly preceding Tutorials' Day of ISMB/ECCB 2009
27 June 2009 @ Stockholm International Fairs


Career Seminars

Career Opportunities at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)

Location: Room C7
Time: July 1 (Wednesday), 1:15 PM to 1:45 PM
Three employees of the European Bioinformatics Institute with contrasting job profiles and backgrounds will give an overview of their work and career opportunities at the EMBL-EBI.

Jennifer_McDowall Jennifer McDowall is a senior database curator working for the InterPro team at the European Bioinformatics Institute. In addition to hands-on curation, she is responsible for the development of education activities for InterPro. She has a background in molecular biology and bioinformatics, and has held research positions in both the pharmaceutical industry and academia, as well as a teaching position in Genetics at Open University, Canada. She joined the EBI in 2003 after working on the Human Genome Project. She has given courses and talks on several EBI proteomics databases in numerous locations worldwide.

Florian_Reisinger Florian Reisinger was trained as bioinformatician and is currently working as software developer in the proteomics services team of the European Bioinformatics Institute. He is primarily working for ENFIN, an EU funded project to provide a Europe-wide integration of computational approaches in systems biology and is the main developer of its core infrastructure EnCore, which aims at providing standardised, set based access to web service resources in the bioinformatics world.

Chris_Taylor Chris Taylor coordinates the MIBBI project (, offering access to 'Minimum Information' reporting guidelines for diverse bioscience domains. He also has leading roles in a number of domain-specific standardisation projects such as the Proteomics Standards Initiative. His largely redundant doctorate in population genetics and speciation was conferred in Manchester, UK.

Alternate Career Paths: Taking the Road Less Traveled

Location: Room C7
Time: July 1 (Wednesday), 1:45 PM to 2:15 PM

Cliff_Mintz It is becoming increasingly difficult for PhD-trained scientist to find traditional life sciences jobs in academia or the private sector. This talk by Clifford S. Mintz, PhD, will provide attendees with some ideas and insights into alternate career options for life scientists. Job opportunities in health informatics, medical communications, management consulting and other fields will be discussed.