DrugBank - Data Curator / Biocurator

NOTE: This position is not in a pharmacy. DrugBank is a research and technology focused company.

DrugBank is the world’s largest online database of drug and drug-target information. Our mission is to structure and organize the world’s pharmaceutical knowledge to enable new drug discoveries and new kinds of medicine. DrugBank started at the University of Alberta in 2006 and is now used by millions of researchers and pharmacists around the world as well as many of the top pharmaceutical companies working in drug discovery research. With thousands of citations in academic literature, DrugBank is a core resource for drug information in academia and industry.

Join us and you will enjoy a bustling start-up vibe where everyone has fun, cooperates and sees the impact of their work. As a part of our data curation team, you will be involved in collecting, annotating, updating and validating information in the DrugBank database and making sure that our data is well-structured and complete data. We are looking for people that have an in depth understanding of pharmacology concepts and have a passion for research and learning.


Reviewing, inputting and updating detailed information about drugs including mechanisms of action, adverse effects, metabolic pathways, drug-target relationships and pharmacology related information.

Providing feedback and insights from a pharmacology perspective to the bioinformaticians and software development team who are working on internal tools that enable data curation as well as external tools for our customers to access the information in the database.

About you:

  • You are self-directed, hard-working and pay attention to details.

  • You have a strong desire to continually learn and improve.

  • You have a passion developing a deep understanding of topics through research.

  • You love brainstorming and working through problems as a team.

  • You are personable and have strong communication skills and appreciate working on a team.

Technical skills:

  • Background in pharmacology, pharmacy and/or biochemistry.

  • Strong literature research skills. You need to know how to search out information on a topic and develop a complete understanding from review of scientific literature.

  • Advanced scientific writing skills in English. You need to be able to communicate detailed scientific information in writing.

Why DrugBank?

At DrugBank you’ll work hard, learn quickly and have plenty of excitement on a daily basis. We have an amazing office space and community at Startup Edmonton, with opportunities to interact and have fun with other companies and teams building awesome products.

Our company is constantly growing and evolving which means you will have lots of opportunities for learning and tackling new problems.

DrugBank is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity in our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We value people who are their authentic selves!