Software Engineer
Location:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category:Supernumerary
Contract Duration:6 months
Grading:5 (monthly salary starting at £2,552 after tax).
Closing Date:24th January 2018
Reference Number:EBI_01105

Job Description

The Molecular Networks Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is looking for a software engineer for the Reactome database (htttps:// Our team works in a highly collaborative international environment and takes a leading role in the development of standards and tools for the representation of complex graphs and networks of biological interactions, which underpin all processes in a living being.

The post holder will work in a global, team-oriented environment and collaborate closely with developers, bioinformaticians and scientists across EMBL-EBI and with external partners both in the UK and internationally. EMBL-EBI is a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation. EMBL-EBI provides freely available data from life science experiments, performs basic research in computational biology and offers an extensive user training programme, supporting researchers in academic and industry. 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 23 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

Applicants should have a degree in software engineering or a related field.
Profound knowledge of Java is essential.
Familiarity with biomolecular pathway resources would be a strong plus.
Applicants will work in a highly international, team-oriented environment and collaborate closely with developers, bioinformaticians, and scientists across EMBL-EBI and with external partners. Excellent communication skills are required.


EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

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.