Software Developer
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 5 or 6 (monthly salary starting at £2,631.99 or 2,944.48 after tax).
Closing Date: 19 February 2019
Reference Number: EBI01338
We are looking for a software developer with a high degree of initiative to join the team building the Data Coordination Platform (DCP) of the Human Cell Atlas (HCA - You will work at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

Do you want to work on a high-profile project that will help humanity better understand human health and disease? The HCA aims to contribute by using single cell gene expression techniques to define comprehensive reference maps for all human cells. At the DCP we are at the beginning of a journey to build the data infrastructure and tools required to make this happen.

The platform will include:
Processing and management of data at petabyte scales, including image data.
Flexible and evolving metadata schemas to accommodate evolving scientific understanding.
Adaptable user interfaces for scientists to contribute data to the platform, and find and analyse that data.
Containerized analysis pipelines.
Interactive portals for data visualisation and analysis.

The DCP is a global initiative where we are collaborating closely with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and the Broad Institute, as well as other development and scientific teams at EMBL-EBI.

Your role

You will:

  • Develop software infrastructure that will reliably scale to validate and process very large amounts of incoming scientific data.
  • Construct user interfaces that scientists can use to describe, submit and manage datasets in the most intuitive manner possible.
  • Create open-source components that other groups can easily deploy and help develop.
  • Write comprehensive and understandable technical documentation.
  • Be part of a friendly close-knit team using iterative and low ceremony agile development methodologies. You will be familiar with continuous integration and version control practices.
  • Keep up to date with software engineering technologies and best practices such as unit and functional testing.
  • Represent the DCP and institute at HCA project meetings and international scientific conferences.

You have

  • Bachelors or higher degree in computer science, software engineering or bioinformatics, or demonstrated software development experience.
  • Great enthusiasm for learning new technologies, processes and domains on the job but with the pragmatism and resourcefulness needed to get work done.
  • Experience of working in a software development team and the initiative to work autonomously and take on leadership roles.
  • Aptitude to help with all parts of the software cycle from architecture and design to running the release process.
  • Experience with Java, Python and Javascript.
  • Comfort operating at the level of the Unix command prompt.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.

You might also have

  • A previous role in bioinformatics or research software development.
  • Experience with technologies and programming techniques such as Angular, Node.js, Spring, REST, RabbitMQ, Docker and Kubernetes.
  • A degree of DevOps experience.
  • Experience of working on large development projects.
  • Experience of working on open-source projects interacting with users and other developers.

Why join us

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 22 member states and two associate member states. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world. EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation. For more information about pay and benefits click here

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else. If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

What else do I need to know

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system. Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview. EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone. This position is limited to the project duration specified. Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.