Software Engineer
Location:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category:Staff member
Contract Duration:3 years
Grading:5 or 6 (monthly salary starting at £2,552 or 2,855.95 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here
Closing Date:25th February 2018
Reference Number:EBI_01134

Job Description

The BioStudies database team at EMBL-EBI is looking for a software engineer to work on the backend of this system. BioStudies is a new resource at EMBL-EBI for archiving multimodal life sciences data. The post-holder will design, develop, deploy and maintain a flexible system for management of large volumes of.scientific data, acquired from a range of data acquisition pipelines.

The successful applicant will deliver and maintain robust software components and will work in a team with software engineers, data curators and bioinformaticians, collaborating also with other teams at EMBL-EBI. We expect BioStudies project to grow, and a successful and dedicated applicant will have a possibility to shape these developments.

The post holder will report to the Functional Genomics Development team leader.

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 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

Most likely you will have a degree in computer science, mathematics, IT, or a related field.

We are looking for people with experience in software development, and interest and, ideally, familiarity with scientific data management. Experience with server-side development is required; full-stack expertise is a plus. Bioinformatics, biology, or life science experience would be an advantage.

The post holder should be able to work independently on assigned tasks, as well as in a small team; take initiative as necessary; think independently and creatively; and deliver results on time. An enthusiasm for solving challenging problems is a must. Ability to efficiently communicate with other group members (software developers and biologists) is important.

Most of the following skills:

  • minimum of 3 years' experience in Java programming, Spring Framework (JPA, Boot);
  • minimum of 3 years' experience with database applications and relational databases: SQL, MySQL or other relational databases;
  • minimum of 3 years’ experience with UNIX/Linux and shell scripting;

    experience with XML and JSON;

  • solving database and application scalability problems;
  • experience with unit testing, integration testing, continues integration and delivery;
  • knowledge of team working environments (SCC systems, build automation);
  • experience with HPC clusters and virtualization would be an advantage.


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 grant duration specified.

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