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Database Curator

PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2004 4:11 am
by Fred
After three years as a postdoc I?ve decided, for all the usual reasons, to leave academic research to pursue other career options. I?m mostly looking for non-industry, science related jobs such as editing/grants management/science policy etc. One of the positions I was recently invited to interview for is a Database Curator position with a large, publicly funded Genome/Proteome database. This is good, except that being publicly funded means a short-term contract with relatively low pay. I have two questions:

1. Are these database curator positions dead end jobs or is there room for advancement and the potential to build a career in this field?

2. If it is a dead end job, would a couple of years as a database curator be a welcome addition to a CV or would recruiters look at it with suspicion?

I?m a US citizen doing my postdoc in Europe and my preference is to stay in Europe for the long term (specifically in the UK). I don?t have a visa or work permit, which complicates finding jobs in the UK. If I?m offered this curator position it could get my foot in the door, and every year I work there is one year closer to applying for permanent resident status. But it?s not worth it if it closes me off to better career paths in the future.

Thanks for the advice?

Database Curator

PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2004 4:42 am
by Kim
Most database curator jobs are related to ontology. You have to understand the relationship in the inforamtion. And then you have to type the data into the database. It is certainly a career. But personally, I found it boring because it is just a data entry job. And I found it tedious to read journal papers from others all day long.