Software Engineer - Reactome
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 2 years 4 months
Grading: 5-6 (monthly salary starting at £2,676.73 or £2,994.54 after tax)
Closing Date: 4 October 2019
Reference Number: EBI01495
We are looking for an enthusiastic Full Stack Java Developer to join the Reactome Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). Reactome is a project which creates a biomolecular pathway database, based on a graph database representing a complex network of interactions and an advanced visualisation interface. Reactome is open source, open data. The web interface is available at at and developer documentation at

Your role

As a full stack developer working on the Reactome project, you will contribute to the user-driven, continuous improvement of the resource, with opportunities for front end development, as well as middleware and backend development. Reflecting our biological subject domain, you will work intensively with our core graph database, as well as algorithms for management, analysis, and representation of complex network data.

A key strength of Reactome is its visualisation, and you will have the opportunity to contribute to the further development of Reactome visualisation, optimising the user experience. 

Reflecting the strong service orientation of the project and the collaborative environment at EMBL-EBI, team work and communication are an essential part of the position.

You have

A degree in computer science or a related field.
A minimum of 2 years experience in software development in Java, with good knowledge of:
  • Coding practices and approaches (OOP, IoC, automated testing, clean code principles, code review)
  • Indexing and database technologies and how to interact with them (Neo4J, SolR, Lucene, SQL)
  • REST APIs (preferably using Spring Framework) and knowledge of how to interface with them
  • Good understanding of JSON, XML
  • Code versioning and build automation tools, such as Git and Maven
    Experience on front-end development with technologies such as HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript
  • Knowledge of GWT  
Applicants will work in a highly international, team-oriented environment and collaborate closely with external partners and other teams at EMBL-EBI.

Excellent communication and the ability to work independently are essential skills.

You might also have

A background in bioinformatics and/or knowledge of biology/biochemistry/life sciences, and a strong interest in understanding the data you'll be working with.

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 over 27 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.