Full-Stack developer
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 2 years
Grading: 5 (monthly salary starting at £2631.99 after tax)
Closing Date: 7 August 2019
Reference Number: EBI01460
Are you looking for an exciting and challenging role in software development? The Protein Function development team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Full-Stack developer, highly competent in both the Java and JavaScript languages and frameworks, to work in one of the most prominent database services in the field of biology, the Universal Protein Resource (UniProt).

We are a dynamic and interdisciplinary team comprising talented software engineers, bioinformaticians and bio-curators, who work together closely and are located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

In particular, the successful candidate will be working in collaboration with other teams at EMBL-EBI developing and coordinating core services and interfaces for drug targets for the fast-developing field of drug target identification, for the time of the duration of the the project OTAR02-048.

If you are software developer with experience in Java, JavaScript, REST APIs, JSON/XML, Spring, Kubernetes and Unix/Linux, then this is the job for you.

Your role

You will be responsible for the design, development, testing, documentation and maintenance of services providing biological annotations to resource platforms and web front-ends aimed at the scientific community and computational biologists.

The role involves close interaction with software developers within an international consortium and team members. You are expected to be innovative and work with the team in current and new software components as well as to evaluate and promote new software methods, tools and programming models for a robust and interoperable programming framework.

Your responsibilities will be:
  • Design, development, test, document and maintenance of software for the drug target annotation service
  • Develop back and front-end software for web applications within the team
  • Assist with programming standards to promote best practices
  • Support and maintain the resource production and service release
  • Engage and coordinate work with different teams in the organization
  • Assist with innovative programming and big data technologies

You have

  • A postgraduate degree in Computer science or a related discipline with at least 2 years proven professional experience in Java (8+) and JavaScript (ES6) development.
  • Proven working experience of writing production quality software in Java and JavaScript
  • Experience developing REST applications with containerisation / cloud deployment would be advantageous
  • Experience on front-end development with technologies such as React, TypeScript, Node/NPM and CSS/SASS
  • Understanding of good coding practices and approaches (OOP, IoC, automated testing, clean code principles, code review
  • Knowledge of standard development tools and concepts (VCS, CI, etc.)

You might also have

  • Experience with agile development practices and the full software development life cycle
  • Knowledge of the Spring framework, knowledge of “Big Data” processing technologies like Apache Spark, knowledge of relational database / NoSQL
  • Experience with search engine technologies such as Apache Lucene / Solr
  • Knowledge of biology or relevant science

Why join us

We are a dynamic team of software engineers working in cutting edge technologies in one of the most exciting fields in human health, biomedical sciences and the drug discovery.

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 20 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 you need to know

To view a copy of the full job description please click here

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.