Software Developer
Location:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge UK
Staff Category:Staff member
Contract Duration:1 year and 6 months
Grading:5 (monthly salary starting at £2,507 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here
Closing Date:5th February 2017
Reference Number:EBI_00829

Job Description

The Molecular Archive Resource cluster is looking for a highly motivated software developer to work on our project to unify the submission interfaces to the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) archives.

You will work within the Unified Submissions Interfaces (USI) development team, and collaborate with the archive teams and users of our archives to build the new submission system. The USI team is working to create a new programmatic and web-based submission interface for archives like BioStudies, BioSamples, the European Nucleotide Archive, the European Genome-Phenome Archive, the European Variation Archive, ArrayExpress, PRIDE and Metabolights. The team uses agile methods and requires the structured use of jira and git in a collaborative manner. The teams primarily writes programs in Java and the USI uses a microservices architecture. We are using technologies like MongoDB, RabbitMQ, TravisCI, Spring Boot and Gradle, experience with these tools is an advantage but not essential.

As a member of the development team you will contribute to building the following services for the USI:

  • The Front End Server and REST interface

  • Document Validation

  • Document Storage

  • Data Processing

  • Error Handling and Logging

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 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

The ideal candidate will hold a bachelors or higher degree in computer science or bioinformatics. Research experience in genomics and bioinformatics would be highly desirable and a willingness to learn the biological domain area while on the job is required.

Prior work experience should include working in software development in a professional or academic context including muli-person team production projects. Strong experience in multi-year team projects, a willingness to learn others' code and participate in design and testing is more important than specific bioinformatics domain experience.

The ability to work within a team is critical to this position. Excellent communication skills and an ability to work to tight deadlines are essential. The software developer will be required to communicate technical documents, take part in and actively contribute to development team meetings, as well as provide user orientated communication with external and internal users of the systems.

The successful candidate should have a minimum of three years' experience in production Java programming, including core libraries, JSON parsing, and REST API programming, as well as comfort at the unix command prompt. Experience with technologies like MongoDB, RabbitMQ, TravisCI, Spring Boot and Gradle is useful but not essential.


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.