Document Specialist

9420 Athena Cir, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA Req #348
Tuesday, January 23, 2024

We are seeking a motivated individual to contribute to the Immune Epitope Database (IEDB - and Cancer Epitope Database and Analysis Resource (CEDAR -, two sibling bioinformatics resources that aid in the development of vaccines, immunotherapeutics, and diagnostics, and assists scientists to better understand immune mechanisms. The online databases contain data extracted by our team of curators from peer-reviewed journal articles. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on an NIH-funded program at one of the country’s top immunological research institutes.


Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Run PubMed and Protein Data Bank queries to identify potentially curatable references.  Run other specialized queries on an occasional basis.
  • Upload retrieved reference information into the Curation Tracking System and the IEDB internal production system
  • Maintain curation tracking daily
  • Help coordinate curation workflow – internally and with external curators and reviewers
  • Maintain curation electronic and physical archives
  • Assist in the development of a text-mining tool for automated document classification
  • Generate curation metrics and statistics weekly
  • Generate annual citation listings
  • Proofreading quarterly and annual IEDB progress reports
  • Keep the Document Specialist Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) document up to date
  • Works with IEDB staff to accomplish project goals
  • Perform miscellaneous analyses as needed


This full-time position requires:

  • proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Access
  • proven attention to detail
  • the ability to work cooperatively with a diverse group of individuals
  • good communication skills
  • well-developed critical thinking and troubleshooting skills
  • a background in biology


Experience with PubMed is highly desirable and knowledge of immunology is a plus. Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, or related field, or comparable combination of education and professional experience. 


How to Apply:

Interested applicants please submit the following in a single attachment:

1.     A brief cover letter relating how your talents fulfill the criteria for this position

2.     Your resume/CV

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With over 30 different countries represented, diversity is respected and celebrated at LJI. We are committed to ensuring a safe and compassionate environment that is equal, just, and fair. Science and discovery benefit from a diversity of talents, a diversity of approaches, and a diversity of perspectives. The La Jolla Institute’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative is designed to help us identify areas at the Institute that need improvement so we can together create an environment that is inclusive, provides equal opportunities, and opens doors that propel our research for human health. 
La Jolla Institute is committed to compensation that is externally competitive and internally equitable. We validate this commitment by conducting regular market analyses to remain competitive with organizations of similar size in the nonprofit, independent research sector. Compensation decisions consider a variety of factors including experience, education, unique skill sets, organizational need, and internal equity. 

Other details

  • Job Function RT
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $22.19
  • Max Hiring Rate $32.17
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  • 9420 Athena Cir, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA