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 £2,676 or £2,994 after tax)
Closing Date: 31 January 2020
Reference Number: EBI01573
The Metabolomics Team is seeking an experienced Software Developer to join our dynamic and international team at the EMBL-EBI in Hinxton, UK.

Metabolomics is the study of small molecule metabolites in the metabolome, which is the complete set of metabolites in a biological sample. By studying these metabolites, we can observe changes in cellular networks and biochemical pathways. This approach is being used to detect disease states and their progression, monitor responses to therapy, stratify patients based on biochemical profiles, and highlight targets for drug design. Our team provides the biomedical community with information on metabolites and their interplay with biological systems.

We are responsible for MetaboLights, a global public repository for data from metabolomics experiments and their associated metadata. The database is cross-species, cross-technique and covers metabolite structures and their reference spectra as well as their biological roles and locations, and experimental data from metabolic experiments. We are also developing a centralised Metabolite Knowledgebase and MetaboLights Labs, a workspace for our community to use up to date and appropriate workflows for metabolomics analysis and a controlled access version of MetaboLights for clinical studies.

This is an exciting time for the metabolomics field and we as a team are committed to evolving our database and services to serve our scientific community.

Your role

We are looking for an enthusiastic middle tier/backend developer, to help us develop  the MetaboLights repository and its associated services. The post holder will report to the Head of Metabolomics, and will be part of a strong dynamic team responding to its ever evolving scientific community.
The post holder will:
  • Maintain and develop the MetaboLights database and infrastructure built using Java and Python;
  • Expand existing RESTful API and container services;
  • Collaborate with team members on development of controlled access services, metabolomics workspace and knowledgebase development;
  • Facilitating the curation pipeline based on data needs;
  • Develop integration with other resources at EMBL-EBI and global collaborators;
  • Interact with academia and industry to respond to community requirements;

You have

  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in computer science or related field;
  • Previous experience of working as a full stack software developer in a collaborative environment;
  • A self-starter approach, ability to work to deadlines, and have a very detail oriented approach to work;
  • Experience working as part of a team;
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and fluent in both written and spoken English;
  • Strong experience in software development 
    • Fluency in Java, Python, full-stack web development
    • Experience with Java frameworks like Spring and Hibernate ORM, JSP/HTML/XML/JSON
    • Experience with JavaScript frameworks, like jQuery and AngularJS 
    • Experience in Version control systems, specifically Git/GitHub
    • Practical experience in RDBMSs (including either Oracle, MySQL or PostgreSQL) and NoSQL databases, JDBC
    • Experience of RESTful Web Services and API design, development and utilisation.
    • Experience with Lucene, specifically ElasticSearch or Solr
    • Familiarity with build systems like Maven, Ant, or Gradle
    • Familiarity with Continuous Integration systems like Jenkins or Travis
    • Experience in Linux/Unix/Windows operating systems 
    • Experience with Batch / Script / Shell programming
    • Experience in working on open-source projects
    • Experience in handling large data volumes (TBs of scientific data).

You might also have

  • Familiarity and experience with Agile software development methodologies such as Scrum and Scrum events
  • Familiarity with data analysis and database development will be very beneficial
  • Any experience with NMR or mass spectrometry data will be beneficial

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 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.

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