Software Developer, Proteomics Resources
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 5 (monthly salary starting at £2,631.99 after tax)
Closing Date: 5 August 2019
Reference Number: EBI01471
Are you a motivated software developer who wants to work with biological data? We are looking for an enthusiastic Full Stack Java Developer to join the Proteomics Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). The team is responsible of the maintenance and further development of the popular PRIDE (PRoteomics IDEntifications) database and related resources and tools such as PRIDE Cluster and the ProteomeXchange submission tool. PRIDE is a world-leading international proteomics database, a founding member of ProteomeXchange Consortium, that is capturing large-scale mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics data from the scientific community, and currently managing hundreds of TBs of data. In addition, we are a major contributor to international standardisation efforts under the umbrella of the Proteomics Standards Initiative. The Proteomics team aims to re-use and integrate proteomics data in other EMBL-EBI added-value resources such as UniProt, Ensembl and Expression Atlas.

The post holder will contribute to the maintenance and further development of different core database applications and web services, including web and stand-alone applications that are part of the PRIDE database tool ecosystem. In addition, s/he will contribute to the development of a unified data submission interface for all relevant EMBL-EBI resources involved in this project.

Your role

  • Design/Implement interfaces for different proteomics resources (e.g. PRIDE Archive, ProteomeXchange and PRIDE Cluster).
  • Main contributor in the Proteomics Team to a project aiming to build a unified submission interface for all relevant EMBL-EBI resources.
  • Support the optimization of web application components for maximum speed and scalability when working with “big data”.
  • Collaborate with other developers in the team to redesign/re-implement backend components for more responsive UI interfaces and a better user experience across our resources.

You have

A degree in computer science and be able to demonstrate a minimum of 3 years’ experience in software development, ideally in an International environment. Experience in bioinformatics would be desirable. Experience in computational mass spectrometry would be a major advantage.

Applicants will work in a highly international, team-oriented environment and collaborate closely with external partners and other team at EMBL-EBI. Excellent communication skills are essential. The ability to work independently, under time pressure, and the dedication to communicate openly are necessary skills. Programming skills:
  • Proficient programmer in Java.
  • Proficient understanding of REST APIs and knowledge of how to interface with them.
  • Proficient understanding of indexing and database technologies and how to interact with them (e.g. SolR, Lucene, Elasticsearch, MongoDB, Neo4J).
  • Good understanding of asynchronous request handling, and partial results updates on Restful web services.
  • Good understanding of the Spring Framework (Spring Batch, Spring Boot).
  • Good understanding of technologies such as JSON, XML, NoSQL and relational databases.
  • Good understanding of code versioning tools, such as Git.

You might also have

  • Experience with other backend languages such as Python or Scala.

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 21 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.

This position is limited to the grant duration specified.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.