Scientific Programmer
Location:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category:Staff Member
Contract Duration:2 Years
Grading:5 or 6 (monthly salary starting at £2,552 or 2,855 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here
Closing Date:19th March 2018
Reference Number:EBI_01152

Job Description

The Marioni group is looking for a scientific programmer to work on a project funded by the Wellcome Trust to maintain and develop R/Bioconductor packages for single-cell genomics data analysis. The successful applicant will work on improving the efficiency and scalability of software tools developed within the group, by developing and enhancing data architectures and containers for representing and manipulating large single-cell data sets in R. This role will directly contribute to the progress of biomedical research programmes being undertaken in the group.

The job will be based at the EMBL-EBI and at the University of Cambridge. The Marioni group is headed by Dr John Marioni, who is a leading expert on computational analysis of single-cell genomics data. His group has pioneered the development of novel computational and statistical methods for processing single-cell data, and have applied them to gain insight into a range of biological problems such as early embryonic development and immunity. The group has developed and maintained a number of R/Bioconductor packages including scran, cydar, beachmat and BASiCS.

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 24 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. 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.

Qualifications and Experience

You will have extensive experience in the R and/or C++ programming languages. Strong consideration will be given to previous code contributions to open-source projects, visible on public repositories like Github. A degree in computer science or related fields is desirable but not necessary. You are expected to be able to work in team with other researchers, and to communicate their findings effectively to a diverse audience.


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.

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.

Application Instructions

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

Additional Information

Applications are welcome from all nationalities - 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.